Since the nature of the blog is to print the most recent entry first, I’m presenting the three-part interview with Jim Bouton in reverse order.
If it fits on a bookshelf, it fits here.
August 30, 2010 · 0 comments
In my "day job," I'm the features and sports editor for a weekly New Jersey newspaper. I'm also the editor of the Bibliography Committee Newsletter for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
I did a piece on the award-winning cartoonist Arnold Roth and he was nice enough to "immortalize" me.
Most recent books read:
Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love, by C. David Heymann.
C-: Was this book really necessary? Sad tales, mostly of Monroe in her mental decline. Poorly sourced and frequently sleazy.
The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field, by Josh Ostergaard
B+: Interesting and thought-provoking, even if I thought it was too Yankee-centric.
The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball, by Willie Randolph
C -- Nice enough, but no real zip. Branding it a "Yankee book" detracts from the rest of his baseball career. "Padded" with unnecessary chapters about his favorite Yankee players.
Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played, by Jason Kendall.
A- -- After finishing Kendall's book, I don't have enough eyes to keep track of all the "inside-baseball" that can only be observed in person; television doesn't offer enough angles to keep track of everything.
What I'm reading now
Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, by Jonah Keri. Greatly looking forward to this definitive history of my second favorite team.
So far: Finally! Very nostalgic.
Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion, by Larry Schechter
So far: I'm very late to the FB table, but am determined to learn enough to have intelligent conversations about the topic.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, by George F. Will
So far: I may not agree with his politics, but when it comes to baseball, I enjoy what he has to say.
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