Books: Splendor in the AstroTurf

FIVE SEASONS: A BASEBALL COMPANION

by ROGER ANGELL

413 pages. Simon & Schuster. $9.95.

Despite all the televised hoopla, there are still sports fans who find the Super Bowl an irritant or a snore. This same group is unmoved by the spectacle of professional basketball: ten tall millionaires in their underwear, jumping into the air every 24 seconds. Hockey? Hooliganism on the rocks. Left cold by winter sports, these fans survive the icy months with summer memories and seasoned expectations. Baseball is their game, of course — the only game. If winter comes, can spring training be far behind?

That was once what Baseball...

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