Spring brings with it a bum's rush of new sports books. This year, one of the most prized titles comes from the distinguished Library of America—American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith (edited by Dan Okrent). Smith is our most venerated sports columnist and we'll have much more on him and this fine new collection when the book is published next month.

In the meantime, head on over to the Library of America's website and check out Smith's column on Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson.

[Drawing by David Levine]