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Richard Ben Cramer's genius: books from politics to baseball

Richard Ben Cramer's genius: books from politics to baseball

Richard Ben Cramer had the gift of a great writer: an agile mind that generated entertaining books and magazine articles in topics as disparate as Middle East politics and baseball.

The Chestertown, Md., resident, who died Monday at age 62, "had raw talent for writing and reporting and was just so damn good," said Tom Horton, a former Baltimore Sun colleague said in an obituary. "He was born to be a journalist and a writer."

His books ranged from

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