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If you hadn't read Men at Work — and had never accidentally run into him making a guest appearance in the broadcast booth, you might be surprised to find that the staid, conservative political columnist George Will is a passionate fan of America's pastime.
You'd be forgiven for being surprised to find that George Will, the author of The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric, has now written Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a collection of 80 short essays about baseball (including one by Yale classicist Donald Kagan, entitled "George Will Baseball: A Conservative Critique"). Many of the essays have appeared as Will's columns in Newsweek and The Washington Post. Others have been reprinted from other books, magazines, newspapers, and fanzines to which Will has contributed. A few are new, written for this book.
Collecting his baseball-themed columns in one volume illuminates the passion and intelligence Will brings to his appreciation of the game. He's committed to the sport and its place in American culture, but at the same time, he rarely lapses into nostalgic recollections of its glory days. In BUNTS he is as critical of the baseball of the past as he is of the current business of the sport. He brings some of the game's more colorful figures down a notch and celebrates underappreciated players.