Who doesn’t like pretty things?
Museums, such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, are filled with them. But not everyone can get up to Cooperstown. For them, there are books like A History of Baseball in 100 Objects, by Josh Leventhal.
Leventhal — whose previous books on baseball include The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic and Baseball Yesterday & Today, among other handsome coffee-table editions — has collected an assortment, kind of like a box of chocolates. As he explains in our conversation, they run the gamut from documents to balls, bats, and gloves, to trophies, to ticket stubs and programs, and beyond.
A short and sweet introduction today, so let’s get on with the chat.