Love Is a baseball field: “Shoeless Joe”

“If you build it, he will come.”

Besides “Shoeless Joe,” there are few sports novels (actually, none that I can think of) that have such an iconic line. W.P. Kinsella connects with it on page one.

“Three years ago at dusk on a spring evening, when the sky was a robbin’s-egg blue and the wind as soft as a day-old chick, I was sitting on the verandah of my farm house in…