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Rangers, Bosox Swap Minor Leaguers

Jim Callis -

Daniel Haigwood rated as one of the White Sox' best pitching prospects before they traded him for Jim Thome, but his stock has dropped since then. Designated for assignment when the Rangers promoted Jamey Wright to the majors, Haigwood moved on to the Red Sox Thursday in exchange for Double-A righthander Scott Shoemaker and cash.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

CD Review: Ernie Harwell’s Audio Scrapbook

Alan Matthews -

At the age of 89, William Earnest Harwell seems as sharp and spry as he was during his days as a precocious teen in Atlanta, hustling up stories as a correspondent for the Sporting News in 1933. It's Opening Day, 2007, and though Harwell is five years removed from the radio booth, the voice of the longtime Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster remains full of excitement and energy, all of which is captured in the comprehensive, compelling four-disk audio series, "Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook".

Majors | #2007#Book Guide

Book Review: Inside Baseball, The Best Of Tom Verducci

Jon Caroulis -

om Verducci has a great job — he's the primary baseball writer at Sports Illustrated. This gives him the freedom to take as long as he needs to get the story, and (presumably) the opportunity to choose what he wants to write about. Certainly, there are issues that he has to cover — steroids, for instance — but what comes through in this collection of 21 stories is about his love of the game, a game he writes about so very well.

Majors | #2007#Book Guide

Book Review: Brushing Back Jim Crow

Matt Eddy -

Willie Tasby summed it up: "I was born in America. I should have been able to play anytime, go anyplace I was able to." But Tasby, an outfielder who endured nine years in the minors before getting his chance, was just one of hundreds of black ballplayers whose access to America's Pastime was impeded by the prevailing, stubborn segregationist attitudes of the Deep South. In his thoroughly-researched Brushing Back Jim Crow, author Bruce Adelson details the hardships many of these athletes faced—often in their own words—as they pursued their dreams of playing in the big leagues during the 1950s and early '60s.

Majors | #2007#Book Guide