February 16, 2004

Obit. Lawrence S. Ritter, who wrote many baseball books, including "The Glory of Their Times," died Sunday at his Manhattan apartment. He was 81. "The Glory of Their Times" is a collection of 22 oral histories from deadball-era stars like Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Honus Wagner, Rube Marquard, and Smoky Joe Wood. It was one of the first baseball books I ever read. It was published in 1966 and is rightly regarded as perhaps the best baseball book of all-time (and damn good American history as well). A CD of the interviews (including many not in the book) was released a few years ago. I liked reading that Ritter divided his royalties from the book among the players and their families.

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