As much as I'd like to watch the Braves play the Marlins or the Cardinals play the Pirates, tonight I have other plans related to baseball.

First, I think I'll re-read John Updike's "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu" as it's the 50th anniversary of Ted Williams' last at-bat—and his famous final home run, when "the ball seemed less an object in flight than the tip of a towering, motionless construct, like the Eiffel Tower or the Tappan Zee Bridge." (My favorite line: "All baseball fans believe in miracles; the question is, how many do you believe in?")

In celebration of this essay, first published in the October 22, 1960, issue of The New Yorker, the Library of America has released a special commemorative book which includes an autobiographical preface and an afterword written by Updike. The book was prepared just months before Updike's death in January of 2009. For more on the significance of this essay—considered to be the best baseball essay ever—see this nice tribute in Saturday's New York Times.

In other baseball news, Ken Burns' The Tenth Inning premieres tonight on PBS. The documentary covers the period from the 1994 strike through the 2008 season and is the first chapter in Burns' Baseball series since 1994.

What are your favorite books/essays/documentaries about baseball?

Also in BookPage: Read about a biography of Ted Williams; read about books written by Ken Burns; read about the biography of Mickey Mantle coming out in October.

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