Beth and Ed are both waxing eloquent on baseball and books.
Certainly, no other sport has generated as much written word as baseball. (football actually brings up more results - but soccer is mixed into those results so I think my statement stands)
As Ed and Beth both point out, baseball and reading are connected in other ways too. Both take a relatively long time, both are done at a somewhat slower pace than many other activities today, and both are often viewed as "old fashioned."
Old fashioned is a badge I'll wear proudly in this case. Our house is over run with books. I think we have 10, maybe 12 bookcases in various rooms. All of them are stuffed. Weekly library trips are mandatory. I get nervous when I don't have something to read. The kids are the same.
And the baseball obsession among the males in the house needs no further elaboration.
I don't want to anoint Beth, Ed, and myself a trend, but I wonder if people deeply attracted to books are also predisposed towards baseball, and vice versa?
It would be an interesting sociology project.