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The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based list of titles available only on-line. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.

Play Ball! A Baseball Dozen
selected by Elizabeth Bush

Not everyone will head off to the ballpark this summer. Family vacation, sun sensitivity, peanut allergies, a thin wallet, or even a local team that's not worth the price of admission may keep kids from passing through the turnstile. For fans who cheer from cozy armchairs rather than rock-hard bleachers we offer a line-up that conjures the sweat and dust of the diamond--and a rationale for pursuing the game at the library rather than the stadium.

--Elizabeth Bush, Reviewer

Ten Reasons Why Baseball Fiction Is Better Than the Real Thing

  1. You can always get tickets for the most hotly contested games.
  2. You can always keep your eye on the ball, no matter where you're sitting or how fast the action is.
  3. You can sneak a look at a rules book when you don't understand a play or call.
  4. You don't need to rely on a smart-aleck-nine-year-old to tell you who the players are.
  5. Beer is cheaper, and it's always the brand you like.
  6. You never have to wait in line for the bathroom.
  7. None of the players is overpaid.
  8. Players don't go on strike.
  9. Your team almost always makes the play-offs, or at least has a winning season.
  10. If your team doesn't win the play-offs, its members always learn some important life lessons and come away from the game better human beings.

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