May 20, 1991 12:00 PM

PEANUTS AND CRACKERJACK by David Cataneo A Boston writer salutes the best thing this side of a triple—the baseball anecdote. (Rutledge Hill, $18.95)

THE HOME RUN HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD by Ray Robinson A New Yorker studies the dramatic 1951 Dodger-Giant playoff. (HarperCollins, $19.95)

TOTAL BASEBALL Edited by John Thorn and Pete Palmer The Baseball Encyclopedia is more wieldy, but this volume is a mass of data, including such meretricious neo-statistical notions as the League-Average Replacement Player—basically a player who is more average than anyone else. (Warner, $49.95)

FIELDER’S CHOICE by Rick Norman A first novel tracks a man’s journey from Arkansas to the majors to World War II. (August House, $17.95)

THE CUBS READER Edited by David Falk and Dan Riley An anthology on Chicago’s beloved bumblers has a piece by the nerdiest of diamond scribes, George Will. (Houghton Mifflin, paper, $9.95)

EXTRA INNINGS by David Whitford A free-lancer chronicles the 1989—90 winter league for semi-old-timers. (HarperCollins, $19.95)

ON A CLEAR DAY THEY COULD SEE SEVENTH PLACE by George Robinson and Charles Salzberg Browns fans, arise! Your heroes aren’t represented in this book on history’s worst teams—but the ’52 Pirates and ’88 Orioles are. (Dell, paper, $8.95)

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