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Three must-read baseball books, just in time for the first pitch

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero pitches against the Minnesota Twins during first inning MLB Grapefruit League baseball action Dunedin, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2013.

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In the search for the divine, scholars such as Mircea Eliade and William James neglected America's pastime, but NYU president John Sexton addresses that omission in Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game (Gotham/Penguin, $29).

When former Lehman Brothers analyst Joe Peta found himself unemployed, he turned to the closest thing to Wall Street—Vegas. In Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order) (Dutton/Penguin, $29.50), Peta reveals how he won a 41% return in his first year betting on the game he loves.

In Globe and Mail columnist Jeff Blair's book Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball (Random House Canada, $30), we find out why this year's Jays lineup—click here for more on R.A. Dickey—may be the best that Toronto has fielded since Joe Carter's walk-off homer 20 years ago.

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