Steve Buckley, a sports columnist for the Boston Herald, gives his picks for summer reading, mostly baseball with some older titles mixed in with more recent ones. His list includes Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, by David Maraniss; Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, by Jonathan Eig; Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero and The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, both by Leigh Montville; Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life, by Richard Ben Cramer; License to Deal: A Season on the Run with a Maverick Baseball Agent, by Jerry Crasnick; Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir, by Doris Kearns Goodwin; and Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits, by David Ortiz with Tony Massarotti.

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KPBS, the public radio affiliate in San Diego, presented two recent baseball-related segments, one featuring Frank Deford, author of The Entitled, a new baseball novel (the audio interview is linked to the page) and another on The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History’s Most Desired Baseball Card, by Michael O’Keeffe (audio here).

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FYI — According to an article in the August 2007 issue of Population Research and Policy Review, the average Major League Baseball career is 5.6 years.

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