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One man's 20 favorite baseball books

It's possible that I've never linked to a slide show before. Not because I'm against the idea on principle -- although I guess I am, sorta -- but rather because slide shows typically take forever to get through.

But I'm making an exception this time, because a) this slide show moves real fast, and b) Dan Epstein is a cool dude.

So here's Dan Epstein's 20 Best Baseball Books Ever, beginning with No. 20: Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer:

Has a baseball team ever meant so much to a city's identity as the Dodgers meant to Brooklyn? Though overly sentimental in parts (if perhaps understandably so), Kahn's part-memoir, part-elegy remains the classic literary monument to "Dem Bums," as well as a moving testimonial to the gaping emotional hole the Dodgers left when they split for Los Angeles.

I actually prefer Peter Golenbock's Bums when I need my Brooklyn Doders fix. But I know I'm a member of a tiny minority there. I might quibble with a few other of Epstein's opinions -- Joe Pepitone's tell-all ranked higher than Jim Bouton's? Halberstam? -- but Epstein's Top 10 is just about perfect, and I'm thrilled to see books written by my friends Richard Lally and Mike Sowell.

No room for Bill James anywhere, though?

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