Baseball’s new literary companion

When Lee Gutkind wrote a book about Major League umpires in the 1970s, he threw a curveball of controversy into the game and saw how baseball and the burgeoning art of creative nonfiction were perfect partners for the page.

Gutkind, along with co-editor Andrew Blauner, is back with another baseball book, "Anatomy of Baseball" (SMU Press, 210 pages), and this one is a collection of 20 essays that hit hardball from all angles. […]

The book has received rave reviews from three of the most respected baseball authors of the last 50 years: Robert W. Creamer, Robert Lipsyte and Jonathan Eig. It's also been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and excerpted in The Wall Street Journal. – Doug Miller