Orioles catcher unmaked

Getting a Read On

March 29, 1998

Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles talks to The Sun's baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, about reading to his 2-year-old son, Dalton, and what he reads himself.

"Right now, we're reading mostly picture books. He's big into animals, so we get him a lot of animal books, and we sit with him and point to the animals and work on the sounds. I think kids should start reading as early as possible.

"I think it's a great way to spend time with your kid. It's a way that Dalton and I can hang out."

Westerns by author Louis L'Amour are Hoiles' favorites.

"I've read about three books since I've been down in spring training, but I mostly read magazines - mostly hunting and sports publications.

"I think reading stimulates your mind. I don't know if it helps on the baseball field, but I think it helps to keep your mind working. If you let your body go, you get out of shape. I think the same thing can happen with your brain."

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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