FLIGHT OF FANCY
Leonardo DiCaprio had a busy year in 2002, filming both Gangs of New York and Catch Me If You Can, which finds its way to DVD on the 6th. Giving DiCaprio a run for his money is Denzel Washington, who starred in and directed the critically acclaimed Antwone Fisher.

Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant offer lighter fare in the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice, Kirk Douglas returns in the two-disc special-edition release of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Robert De Niro shines in The Mission, which won two Golden Globes upon its release in 1986.





BOOKS


A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO COOPERSTOWN
By Mickey McDermott with Howard Eisenberg (Triumph Books, $25)

McDermott’s sure-fire Hall-of-Fame career ended in a cloud of party-tinged dust. Today, he’s considered one of baseball’s clown princes and an entertaining link to its past.


GLOVE AFFAIRS
By Noah Liberman (Triumph Books, $20)

Little leaguer or major leaguer, there’s a magical bond between players and their gloves. From repairing to rituals, this book explores the history in that leather pocket.

FEW AND CHOSEN: DEFINING CARDINAL GREATNESS ACROSS THE ERAS
By Tim McCarver with Phil Pepe (Triumph Books, $28)

Former Cardinal, current MLB analyst, and ex-MLB catcher McCarver defines Cardinal achievement in a red-uniformed list that includes Hall of Famers Cy Young, Dizzy Dean, and Lou Brock.                               

— MARK KIENZLE