Book tip: "Bottom of the 33rd"
When I was a kid, I would go to McCoy Stadium and watch the Pawtucket Red Sox with my dad or grandfather 10-15 times a year - and I still remember the linescore from the longest game in history wrapping its way completely around my 16-ounce plastic soda cup. That 33-inning game against the Rochester Red Wings that took place over three days in 1981 still means a lot to the PawSox and to the city, and it had an almost mystical feel about it to a young kid. In Barry's exquisitely written story of the game and the people that were involved in it, he examines the diminished Rhode Island city and the organization itself, from beloved owner Ben Mondor right down to the batboy. A narrative gem that's filled with more stories than the 19 fans who were left in the stadium when play was suspended after four a.m. on Easter Sunday, it's a baseball book that's about so much more than just baseball.
- OWEN POOLE