Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.

I read 2.33 baseball books during my vacation

I took three books on my L.A. vacation but didn't quite have time to get through all of them.

So my mini-review of Marty Appel's new bio of Thurman Munson will have to wait.

I did read "Miracle Ball," Brian Biegel's account of his quest to solve the biggest mystery in sports memorabilia:

What happened to the ball Bobby Thomson hit to win the 1951 pennant?

Biegel weaves his personal story - and the story of his personal demons - into the tale, which despite some leaps of faith, logic and evidence makes for an oddly compelling read.

Still, even at a modest 227 pages, there are places the spy story feels padded.

This is a worthwhile book, but it likely would have been even better boiled down to the essentials as a magazine article.

"Pull Up a Chair," Curt Smith's bio of Vin Scully, has the same pros and cons as his recent look at Mel Allen's life in "The Voice."

Smith knows as much as anyone about sports broadcasters, and there is plenty of valuable information here.

But his bizarre syntax, tortured historical references and goofy word choices distract from his content.

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