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The novel picks up 16 years later with Hobbs as a journeyman player joining the New York Knights in the National League. With his trusty bat Wonderboy—a nice allusion to Excalibur—Hobbs invigorates the slumping Knights, while indulging his bruised ego and a weakness for mysterious women.
Where not to start: Though it’s a biting and often hilarious satire, Ring Lardner’s 1914 collection of epistolary columns, You Know Me Al, just isn’t the place to start reading about baseball.
He's right about "You Know Me Al." It's a collection of columns, not a novel; if you want to read it, I'd suggest you read only one chapter a week.
Well, this seems more worthwhile than the Velvet Underground Gateway to Geekery. Start with this album, then go tho that ablum and then that other one. Done.
And if you want to dip into Alibi Ike, start with the hilarious 1935 Joe E. Brown movie version. That's one of three baseball films that Joe E. Brown made, and every one of them is a keeper.
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