Library of Congress smacks a four-bagger By Robert Pincus, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER – 2:00 a.m. October 25, 2009 – signonsandiego.com

Library of Congress smacks a four-bagger By Robert Pincus, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER – 2:00 a.m. October 25, 2009 – signonsandiego.com

You might have guessed that the Library of Congress has the largest collection of baseball artifacts and memorabilia. But it’s not as if you are simply going to stroll in and sift through these holdings, unless you have a serious reason for doing so.

Others, you may be pleased to know, have done the sifting for you — putting together one of the most seductively designed books about the sport to come our way, “Baseball Americana” (Smithsonian Books/Harper Collins, $29.99). Foremost, on the title page, is Harry Katz, a former head curator of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, who now lives in Del Mar. He conceived of the book and wrote it along with baseball historian Frank Ceresi. Assistance on assembling the myriad images that went into this book came from Phil Michel, the manager of the Library of Congress’ archive of images at the Prints and Photographic Division. Wilson McBee and Susan Rayburn, editors in the library’s publishing office, are also credited as collaborators…