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Leonard Koppett

There’s a line in the film version of The Natural in which the following exchange occurs between Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) and the unctuous sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall): Hobbs: Did you ever play ball, Max? Mercy: No, never have. But I make it a little more fun to watch, you see. And after today, […]

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Bill Conlin was just named recipient for the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given by the Baseball Hall of Fame for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” The long-time beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News published Batting Cleanup Bill Conlin, a collection of his columns, in 1997 and edited The Rutledge Book of Baseball in 1981. […]

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Larry Stone offers his list … and then some… of his favorite baseball bookss in his Seattle Times column, Hot Stone League (cute). No. 1 is Bouton’s Ball Four. but is No. 1  (addendum) is Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, by Jane Leavy. No. 2 on the addenda is a book I don’t think gets nearly […]

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