195 Outs

Bottom of the 33rd
Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game
Dan Barry
Harper, $26.99, 259 pp.

I grew up hearing Jim Murray, the inimitable Los Angeles Times sports columnist, being read aloud by my father at the breakfast table. On principle, my dad intensely disliked sports writers. He had a long memory and, as vice president and business manager for a Triple A baseball franchise in the 1930s, had found them to be a bunch of freeloaders. Not only did he have to negotiate players’ salaries, keep the lights on at the ballpark, and oversee the grounds crew; he had to make sure...

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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of Commonweal.