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Two suggestions for Father’s Day

On Monday, we told you about the new book Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams.

Here are two more books that could be Father’s Day gift ideas:

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The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. Howard Bryant, the former Herald columnist who is now with ESPN, has written the first definitive biography on Aaron. Given Aaron’s place in history, that alone is an accomplishment. While a greatly respected player, Aaron is surely one of baseball’s least celebrated superstars and Bryant — with what seemed to be the uneasy cooperation of Aaron — delves into his life and career in groundbreaking fashion.

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You’ll learn a lot reading this book about a player you think you know a lot about. It’s not often that is the case.

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Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball. Bill Madden of the Daily News in New York also broke ground with his book, the first detailed biography of the impetuous owner of the Yankees.

Love him (which is unlikely) or hate him, there’s no denying that Steinbrenner is one of baseball’s great influences in the last 40 years. Madden knows where all the skeletons are hidden and reveals much about Steinbrenner’s life and how he led the Yankees before fading from the scene in recent years.

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Both books are available on line (click the link provided) or at your local store. If dad is a baseball fan, he’ll enjoy them.

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