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Mark Harris' book "The Southpaw" is still as pertinent to baseball, and to life, as it was 50 years ago. Story

Updated: July 11, 2007, 4:06 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

When author Mark Harris died six weeks ago at the age of 84, the obituaries mentioned most prominently his 1956 novel "Bang The Drum Slowly," the story of a major league catcher who dies of Hodgkin's disease. The film, made in 1973 and starring Michael Moriarty and Robert DeNiro, should be on anyone's list of top 10 sports films.

But that isn't the book that made Harris a revered name in my library. "Bang the Drum Slowly" is actually a sequel to Harris' first novel, "The Southpaw," the ...

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