Picks and Pans Review: Ring Around the Bases: the Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Urdner
More than a sports writer, Ring Lardner was a seminal literary figure who simply chose to write about baseball. His best baseball stories were fiction, which he began writing in 1914 for The Saturday Evening Post.
Prior to turning to fiction, Lardner had covered the Cubs and the White Sox for various newspapers. His stories had an inside quality absent from the era's Zane Grey hero-worship style of baseball fiction. Nothing like it had ever been published before.
And there's been nothing like it since. Read Lardner's baseball tales, and you'll be thrown into a world where, to use a cliché that has been hurled recklessly in recent years, the game truly becomes a metaphor for life. (Scribner's $35)
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