Now available: At long last I’m happy to announce the official release of my latest book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War. Support your local  local bookstore and tell your friends!

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on with the show…

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But it’ll be close enough for government work.

Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason a recent listing included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way,” which, far as I can tell, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main.

  1. Image result for smart baseball, lawPapi: My Story, by David Ortiz with Michael Holley
  2. Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, by David Ross with Don Yeager
  3. Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, by Keith Law
  4. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  5. Ballplayer, by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
  6. The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life, by Rick Ankiel with Tim Brown
  7. The Plan: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty, by David Kaplan
  8. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  9. Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero, by Dr. Rock Positano
  10. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis

Hot New Releases

  1. Papi
  2. Teammate
  3. mart Baseball

Most Wished For

  1. Smart Baseball
  2. Papi
  3. Teammate

NY Times May monthly sports best-selling list: Cubs Way, #1; Ballplayer, #3; The Phenomenon, #8; 42 Faith, #10

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 1,164,124; last week: 1,051,369. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, which launched April 25, currently ranks 266,449, up from last week at 332,814.

If you have read either of those books, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing an Amazon review; it’s never too late. (And thanks to those who have.) Doesn’t have to be long or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it. Although I would warn you to understand what it is you’re reading. My editor tells me I shouldn’t worry over bad reviews and normally I don’t. But one Greenberg reviewer complained because apparently he felt it wasn’t long enough and that it wasn’t a full biography. Sorry, but caveat emptor: The title clearly states this book covers just one season in his career. If you’re disappointed for that reason, then that’s on you.

 

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on with the show…

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But it’ll be close enough for government work.

Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason a recent listing included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way,” which, far as I can tell, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main.

  1. Image result for papi my storyTeammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, by David Ross with Don Yeager
  2. Papi: My Story, by David Ortiz with Michael Holley
  3. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  4. Ballplayer, by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
  5. Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, by Keith Law
  6. 42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story, by Ed Henry
  7. The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life, by Rick Ankiel with Tim Brown
  8. The Plan: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty, by David Kaplan
  9. The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, by Mike Methany with Jerry B. Jenkins
  10. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood

MORE lists: Amazon has started a couple of new ones, including “Hot New Releases” and “Most Wished For.” A look at the top three in each, which have remained the same since last week:

Hot New Releases

  1. Teammate
  2. Papi
  3. Smart Baseball

Most Wished For

  1. Teammate
  2. Smart Baseball
  3. Cubs Way

NY Times monthly sports best-seller list: Four baseball titles in the May monthly list:  Cubs Way (#1), Ballplayer (3), Phenomenon (8), and 42 Faith (10).

Not only is Ross’ book #1 among baseball titles, it’s #79 for all books, which I find amazing. But bye-bye, Moneyball, again.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 1,051,369; last week: 1,068,318. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, which launched April 25, currently ranks 332,814, down from last week at 156,525. But it just keeps bouncing up and down. In an hour it could be 94,000.

If you have read either of my books, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon pages; it’s never too late. There haven’t been any in awhile. Doesn’t have to be long (or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it), but anything would be appreciated. And thanks to those who have.

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One of my favorite places on the planet hosts two more author events in the upcoming weeks.

First up at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, tomorrow (May 10) at 7 p.m., Dr. Rock Positano will discuss his new release, Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of an American Hero. From the book’s Amazon page:

The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by one of the few who really knew the man behind the legend—candid and little-known stories about baseball icons from Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and others off the field. As told by Dr. Rock Positano, DiMaggio’s closest confidante in New York during the final years of his life, Dinner with DiMaggio is an intimate portrait of one of America’s most enduring heroes.

Next Wednesday, May 17, same time, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ira Berkow chats about It Happens Every Spring: DiMaggio, Mays, the Splendid Splinter, and a Lifetime at the Ballpark. Again from Amazon:

Culled from 50 years’ worth of columns from one of the country’s most popular sportswriters, It Happens Every Spring stands as a remarkable and evocative anthology that is guaranteed to delight baseball fans of all ages. Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow captures the spirit of America’s pasttime in this collection of opinions, stories, and observations from his long and distinguished career. From memories of Ted Williams and Satchel Paige to reflections on Jackie Robinson, Barry Bonds, and the soul of the beloved game, this work combines Berkow’s eye for detail with the comedy and drama revealed by the subjects themselves, bringing to life some of the most famous baseball personalities from the last half century.

Berkow was the driving force behind Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life as well as the documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. He was also kind enough to do the foreword for my book on the Maccabiah Games.

Bonus points for you if you knew that It Happens Every Spring was also the name of a 1949 baseball feature starring Ray Milland. I don’t think it gets enough credit but I found it to be a charming little flick. See for yourself: you can watch the whole thing for free here, courtesy archive.org.

 

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They say the former Prime Minister and British icon read a book a day, even during the War. So I’m guessing, if he were still alive and had developed an interest in our national pastime, he would have enjoyed Tom Hoffarth’s 10th annual “30-for-30” baseball book feature. A pox on me for not keeping you informed on a more regular basis, but the links are still valid so have at it.

I’ve cut-and-pasted from the original post-event roundup. I’m sure Hoffarth won’t mind.

The complete 30-for-30 2017 list of baseball book reviews

Arranged by the quality of the work that we tried to pass along in each review:

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== Day 28: “Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream,” photographs by Tabitha Soren, text by Dave Eggers
== Day 27: “Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching and the Art of Deception,” by Terry McDermott
== Day 23: “Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones that are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball,” by Keith Law
== Day 20: “Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son,” by Paul Dickson
== Day 18: “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips and the Pitch that Changed My Life,” by Rick Anikiel with Tim Brown
== Day 10: “The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse,” by Tom Verducci

ONES WE ARE QUITE FOND OF

== Day 30: “Baseball Is Back,” by Michael Turner
== Day 11: “Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me,” by Stacey May Fowles
== Day 7: “One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime,” by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro
== Day 2: “The Amazing Baseball Adventure: Ballpark Wonders from the Bushes to the Show,” by Josh Pahigian
== Day 3: “City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles,” by Jerald Podair
== Day 1: “The Boy Who Knew Too Much: An Astounding True Story of a Young Boy’s Past-Life Memories,” by Cathy Byrd

LEARNING SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY

== Day 26: “The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists and Legends from Our National Pasttime,” by Dan Schlossberg (preface by Alan Schwarz, forward by Jay Johnstone)
== Day 25: “Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War,” by Ron Kaplan
== Day 24: “Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Ambassador,” by Dennis Snelling
== Day 22: “Baseball Meat Market: The Stories Behind the Best and Worst Trades in History,” by Shawn Krest
== Day 17: “Lyman Bostock: The Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of a Ballplayer,” by K. Adam Powell
== Day 16: “Do You Want to Work in Baseball?: Advice to Acquire Employment in MLB and Mentorship in Scouting and Player Development,” by Bill Geivett
== Day 15: “Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography: The Faith of a Boundary-Breaking Hero,” by Michael G. Long and Chris Lamb
== Day 13: “Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character,” by Marty Appel
== Day 12: “Seinsoth: The Rough and Tumble Life of a Dodger,” by Steven K. Wagner
== Day 9: “Lost Ballparks,” by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos
== Day 8: “Frick*: Baseball’s Third Commissioner,” by John P. Carvalho
== Day 6: “Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey,” by Ila Borders, with Jean Hastings Ardell

THANKS FOR PLAYING

== Day 29: “Cincinnati Red and Dodger Blue: Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Rivalry” by Tom Van Riper
== Day 21: “Piazza: Catcher, Slugger, Icon, Star,” by Greg W. Prince
== Day 19: “Ballplayer,” by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
== Day 14: “The 50 Greatest Players in Dodgers History,” by Robert W. Cohen
== Day 5: “Baseball Beyond Our Borders: An International Pastime,” edited by George Gmelch and Daniel Nathan
== Day 4: “Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s,” by Jason Turbow

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Well, perhaps not bragging. That ain’t my style. But I did have a grand old time in my return visit to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, Jay Goldberg, proprietor, to discuss the new book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

Goldberg is a real friend to the author. He holds these “salons” frequently and the audience that shows up is always welcoming, knowledgeable, and inquisitive (if sometimes challenging in the question-and-answer portion of the program).

Happy to say it was standing room only with new friends and old ones such as Perry Barber, a professional umpire and former Jeopardy champion, and Lee Lowenfish, educator and author of several baseball books including the award-winning Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman.

Not only did we sell out of books, but I came away with some lovely parting gifts. I feel like I want to write another baseball book just so I can go back to Bergino.

You can get an idea of the festivities from this video, which for the sake of brevity (and bandwidth) edits out a lot of the great Q&A:

 

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The New York Times ran rather substantial obituaries on two baseball figures a few days ago, both by Richard Goldstein, himself a baseball author.

Image result for sam mele topps 1965Image result for luis olmo baseball cardSam Mele, a baseball life, died on May 1 at the age of 95. Pretty smart guy: he attended Yale and NYU. Here’s his page from BaseballReference.com. I remember him from one of the first baseball cards I ever had, striking a typical manager’s pose, i.e., yelling at someone.

Luis Olmo, who “became the first Puerto Rican position player in the major leagues when he made his debut with the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers,” died April 29 at the age of 97. Olmo was before my time, as well as the time of the standard Topps baseball cards.

 

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on with the show…

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But it’ll be close enough for government work.

Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason a recent listing included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way,” which, far as I can tell, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main.

  1. Image result for moneyball book coverBallplayer, by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
  2. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  3. Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, by David Ross with Don Yeager
  4. The Plan: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty, by David Kaplan
  5. Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, by Keith Law
  6. The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life, by Rick Ankiel with Tim Brown
  7. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  8. 42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story, by Ed Henry
  9. Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character, by Marty Appel
  10. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis

* Making its debut on this list

MORE lists: Amazon has started a couple of new ones, including “Hot New Releases” and “Most Wished For.” A look at the top three in each, which have remained the same since last week:

Hot New Releases

  1. Teammate
  2. The Plan
  3. Smart Baseball

Most Wished For

  1. Smart Baseball
  2. The Phenomenon
  3. Cubs Way

NY Times monthly sports best-seller list: No baseball books in the May rolls and none for the week of May 14, as Phenomenon drops off.

Welcome back Moneyball, which was not among the top 10 last week for the first time since I can’t remember when. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Still find it a bit quaint that  continues to do so well.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 1,068,318; last week: 453,016. So much for “piggy-back effect,” which frequently happens when a new book comes out and readers want to see what else the author has done. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, which launched April 25, currently ranks 156,525, down from last week at 148,020. It had been as high as #64 of the top 100 baseball titles so I think that’s pretty cool.

If you have read either of my books, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon pages; it’s never too late. There haven’t been any in awhile. Doesn’t have to be long (or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it), but anything would be appreciated. And thanks to those who have.

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I don’t like Jason Turbow.  Like Jeff Katz and Dan Epstein, he makes me feel old.

Used to be that baseball nostalgia was reserved for the Brooklyn Dodgers — “The Boys of Summer” — and the New York Yankees of Mantle, Maris, Ford, and Berra. But thanks to these guys, nostalgia now seems to be entrenched in the 1970s. I’m not ready for that yet. I feel like a 20-year-old trapped in a xx-year-old body.

Image result for jason turbowEpstein and Katz have written some great books about baseball in the 1970s and ’80s. And now Turbow has added to that sub-genre with Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s. In case you’re too young to have seen them play, you should know the A’s won five consecutive AL West crowns and three World Series in a row, beating the Reds in ’72, the Mets in ’73, and the Dodgers in ’74. A dynasty indeed. And all under the colorful ownership of Charles O’ Finley, who could be described as cross between Bill Veeck (for his innovations including brightly colored uniforms and mustachioed players) and George Steinbrenner (for his ego, bluster, and micro-management).

I spoke with Turbow about Finley and those A’s and the fun and challenges  he had putting the book together.

And that part about hating those guys? Just kidding. Guess I’m just cranky. Time for a nap.

You want nostalgia? Here’s an interview I did with Turbow for his previous book, The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime, way back in 2010.

And that part about hating those guys? Just kidding. Guess I’m just cranky. Time for a nap.

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I’m not much for self-promotion, but the older I get, the less I care what people think of me.

That said, if anyone is looking for a guest on their baseball-related show/podcast/article/etc., in the words of one of the lesser-known Beatles songs, “You Know My Name (Look up The Number).” One of the unfortunate aspects of the story is that some of the problems that plagued the U.S. and the world in 1938 have returned. So maybe I shouldn’t be smiling here.

 

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on with the show…

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But it’ll be close enough for government work.

Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason a recent listing included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way,” which, far as I can tell, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main.

  1. Image result for papi my storyThe Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life, by Rick Ankiel with Tim Brown
  2. Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, by Keith Law
  3. Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, by David Ross with Don Yeager
  4. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  5. Ballplayer, by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
  6. Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character, by Marty Appel
  7. 42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story, by Ed Henry
  8. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  9. The Plan: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty, by David Kaplan
  10. Papi: My Story, by David Ortiz with Michel Holley *

* Making its debut

MOE lists: Amazon has started a couple of new ones, including “Hot New Releases” and “Most Wished For.” A look at the top three in each, which have remained the same since last week:

Hot New Releases

  1. The Phenomenon
  2. Smart Baseball
  3. The Teammate

Most Wished For

  1. Cubs Way
  2. Smart Baseball
  3. The Phenomenon

NY Times monthly sports best-seller list: No baseball books in the April rolls. The Phenomenon makes its debut at #14 for the week of May 7.

David Ortiz’s latest memoir hops into the Amazon lists. Remember, these titles might have appeared earlier in the week, but for the purposes of my record-keeping, it only counts when I make these posts.

Well, you know it had to happen at some point in these lists: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis, did not make the top 10. I wonder if that’s because other books, like Law’s Smart Baseball are slowly supplanting this perennial favorite. Verducci’s Cubs Way and Kaplan’s The Plan also incorporate aspects of that philosophy.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 453,016; last week: 1,145,651. I consider this a “piggy-back effect,” which frequently happens when a new book comes out and readers want to see what else the author has done. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, which launched April 25, currently ranks 148,020, up from last week at 232,446.

If you have read either of my books, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon pages; it’s never too late. There haven’t been any in awhile. Doesn’t have to be long (or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it), but anything would be appreciated. And thanks to those who have.

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Shameless self-promotion alert: Happy to announce that Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War officially launched at midnight.

I’ll be posting links to events, interviews, and reviews (both favorable and un-; already received one of the latter from someone who was disappointed that a) it wasn’t a full biography although I think that should be pretty much obvious from the title; and b) there weren’t enough pages).

Here’s an essay I contributed to the Jewish Baseball News site about the unfortunate timeliness of the subject matter.

A reminder: I will be at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse next Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Dan Schlossberg

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Dan Schlossberg has written thousands of articles and a number of books on the national pastime, including a couple of my personal favorites on which he collaborated as co-author, Al Clark‘s Called Out but Safe: A Baseball Umpire’s Journey and Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story. Schlossberg’s latest is also one of his oldest. He […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, April 21 , 2017

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Lest we forget: Clifton James

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The New York Times obituary says the late actor was best known for his role as a southern sheriff in a couple of James Bond movies. Not for me. For me, Clifton was best known for his role as the penurious Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago White Sox, in Eight Men Out (which […]

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Be there or be square: Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, May 3

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Pleased to be making a second trip to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan. I’ll be there on Wednesday, May 3, at 7.p.m., to discuss Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, with Bergino proprietor and friend to authors Jay Goldberg. I’d love to see you there. Please visit […]

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Give a podcast, take a podcast: Part 2 (Scott Simon and The Stuph Files)

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For the second week in a row, I’m pleased to note that as I post my Bookshelf Conversation — this one with NPR’s Scott Simon for his new baseball book, My Cubs: A Love Story — I am once again a guest on another podcast that just went up: The Stuph Files, hosted by Peter […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Scott Simon

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Don’t get me wrong. I love all my guests. But once in a while I get to chat with someone outside the usual baseball literary mainstream. That was the case with Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition. Yes, Simon, a lifetime Cubs fan, had previously published two books on baseball among his oeuvre: Home […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, April 14, 2017

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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What’s the news across Baseball Book nation?

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(WTF, right? Kids, ask your parents.) From The Hardball Times website, this on Stacey May Fowles‘ Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me. Upshot: “Every day in baseball brings a chance for something new and exciting, an occurrence to talk about and focus on, to share and enjoy…. Fowles’ latest book…offers exactly that.” […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, April 7, 2017

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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