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As for the Blue Jays, it is unfortunate that the second-best team in baseball wasn't around for the playoffs. They are a class ball club and, I am sure, will be heard from in the future.
Dave Meggyesy is a person to be highly admired and valued. We need more people like him—counterculture heroes, mavericks and gadflies—to give their views on our society's issues and problems. Any book that helps develop open minds, greater tolerance and more accepting attitudes is welcome.
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I read books by athletes to learn what it's like to be a world-class performer and to have the eyes and expectations of fans thrust upon you at an early age. One of the best of this type I have read is Giant Steps by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Peter Knobler.
After perusing your article, I pulled my favorite sports book—The Game, by Ken Dryden, former goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens—off the shelf and reread it. If you want to know what it's like to play one of the most isolated and pressurized positions in sport, this is the book to read.
The best sports book I have ever read is One More July, by George Plimpton, about Bill Curry, former NFL lineman and present coach at the University of Alabama. It gave me an exciting, insider's point of view into pro football and such personalities as Dick Butkus, Merlin Olsen and Vince Lombardi. It is also the funniest book on sports I have read.