One Hit, Two Errors
by Robert P. Moncreiff
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Bart Giamatti's first book, an adaptation of his dissertation titled The Earthly Paradise and the Renaissance Epic (1966), examined the garden in literature as a symbol of respite and beauty. After his tumultuous and ultimately disappointing reign as president of Yale from 1978 to 1986, Giamatti must have felt that he'd found his own Eden when he ascended to baseball's commissionership, with an opportunity to lead America's most pastoral and literary sport. Instead, what he got was a faceful of Pete Rose.
Giamatti's baseball career was in a sense a microcosm of his Yale years. A spellbinding teacher and recognized Spenser scholar, Giamatti lusted after the school's presidency, only to grow frustrated with the job and finally leave it to become president of the National League. In that post, he eventually found
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