I mean, how can true fans find time to read a whole book about the game, let alone two? But The Juju Rules by Hart Seely and The Baseball Maniac's Almanac are too good to wait for November to check out.
I thought this spring would be a fine time to take stock of my home archive and pluck out the top 25 baseball volumes I would like to have in a steamer trunk if my cruise ship to the Caribbean World Series ever runs into a hurricane and dumps me on a very remote, satellite dish-free atoll.
Once upon a time athletes were idolized on a level reserved for presidents, war heroes, and explorers. Today, with the advent of reality TV and gossip-mongering magazines, it seems there's little use for "nice" stories.