Misty About Baseball

TITLE: SOMETIMES YOU SEE IT COMING

AUTHOR: KEVIN BAKER

PUBLISHER: CROWN; 326 PAGES; $20

TITLE: THE MUSEUM OF CLEAR IDEAS

AUTHOR: DONALD HALL

PUBLISHER: TICKNOR & FIELDS; 120 PAGES; $18.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: The batted ball and the printed word ride together into the sunset.

Year by year, baseball's sunlit magic withers (good field, no dreams), done in by domes, fake-o-turf, salary stats and the fact that TV's three-man, pitcher-batter-catcher game misses most of the point. Tube ball ignores what beguiles the wide-angled human eye at a real ball park: the splendid grass and the huge, contained space; the centerfielder's arrogant...

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