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    I found this book on my dad's bookshelf about a week ago. It's by W.P. Kinsella, and it's a collection of baseball stories. If you haven't read it, read it just for the "Searching for January" story. It's about Roberto Clemente, and IMO, it's one of the best pieces of baseball literature out there. Has anybody else read it, and what are your thoughts on the book?
    Baseball is not a popularity contest. It's about one thing.

    Winning.

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    Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. I guess that he has retired from writing. His short stories are excellent. The other compilations are [I]The Further Adventures of Slugger McBat [I]and The Thrill of the Grass.

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      Originally posted by South Side Hitmen
      ...read it just for the "Searching for January" story. It's about Roberto Clemente, and IMO, it's one of the best pieces of baseball literature out there.

      Agreed, I too found it on my dad's bookshelf a few years ago. I liked "Searching for January," as well as "The Fadeaway" with Christy Mathewson. Overall, a very good book, certainly worth reading.
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        Actually Kinsella never retired from writing and and just a couple of years ago after a long lay off published his latest book, "Butterfly Winter." The lay off was due to the fact that in 1997 while out walking he was hit by a car and suffered a serious head injury. He lost his ability to concentrate and his will to write.

        If you liked "Searching for January" you'd might try reading "How I got my Nickname" from another book of short stories, "The Thrill of the Grass," which is about a teenage Iowa farm boy who joins the '51 New York Giants as a pinch hitter after going to a Giants game at the Polo Grounds with his father. Turns out a lot of the Giant players as well as the boy have a deep interest in classic literature and clubhouse roadtrips are filled with player meetings spent discussing different books.

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