Ron Givens
May 03, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The New Baseball Reader

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Charles Einstein
publisher
Viking
genre
Nonfiction, Sports

We gave it an A-

For sheer pleasure at the richness of the game, you can’t do better than one of Charles Einstein’s anthologies. The New Baseball Reader is his sixth, and it’s crammed with delightful moments, some tart, some odd, some goofy. Here we have the last six lines of William (Sugar) Wallace’s poem ”Anthem,” which is built out of nicknames: ”Jigger, Jabbo/Jolting Joe/Blue Moon/Boom Boom/Bubba/Bo.” But there is serious fiction by the likes of Bernard Malamud and Robert Penn Warren, as well as reporting, biography, and history. A-

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