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Philip Roth and Baseball: Another “link”

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Both figuratively and literally…

I wrote about Roth’s passing last week. Today I found this piece, “A Game So Grand and Beautiful” — Philip Roth On Writing and Baseball, in Town Topics, a Princeton, NJ, community paper. Kind of got a kick out of the writer’s comparing an old photo of Roth to one of Hank Greenberg.

I had mentioned The Great American Novel as one of the most underrated works of baseball fiction. That opinion was shared at a periodic coffee I have with Scott Raab, an ex-pat Clevelander, die-hard sports fan (and when you’re rooting for any of the Cleveland teams — until lately at least — what other kind is there?) and author of The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James and You’re Welcome, Cleveland: How I Helped Lebron James Win a Championship and Save a City. As a former Esquire contributor, he has published dozens of celebrity profiles, including this one on Roth in 2010.

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