In the windup for spring training, here are upcoming books by stars of the sport and of literature.
It's What's Inside the Lines That Counts: Baseball Stars of the 1970s and 1980s Talk About the Game They Loved (Simon & Schuster), edited by Fay Vincent, is the third volume of the Baseball Oral History Project, featuring interviews with such players as Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Cal Ripkin Jr.
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams (Library of America) is a handsomely designed 50th anniversary edition of Updike's 1960 New Yorker essay, considered one of the greatest pieces on the sport ever written, with a new preface and afterword by the late author.
Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Players of All Time (Da Capo), edited by Sean Manning, gathers essays not just by noted sportswriters like Roger Kahn and Stefan Fatsis, but by film critic Carrie Rickey, comedian Michael Ian Black, crime novelist Laura Lippman and political writer Matt Taibbi.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor