Review roundup, Aug. 14

August 14, 2012

♦ Bleacher Report posted this one about Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960 by the late Andy Jurinko. Upshot: “Seldom does a book come around that can boast about being magnificently illustrated as well as historically captivating, let alone a book based on the Golden Age of baseball.”

♦ posted this review of Andre Dawson’s memoir, If You Love This Game . . .: An MVP’s Life in Baseball. Upshot: “You’ll find [Dawson’s] joy in “If You Love This Game” — all 200 pages of it.”

Newsday ran this mini-review feature on baseball titles including Season of ’42: Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball’s Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War, Lefty: An American Odyssey, and One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season. If I gave you “upshots,” I’d probably have to cut-and-paste the whole reviews, so you’re on your own for this one.

♦ The Cardboard Connection site posted a review of The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955. Upshot: “The Bubble Gum Card War is a must read for any collector.”

♦ James Bailey published this review of Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life on the Baseball America website. Upshot: “Bluegrass Baseball… provides excellent insight into just what the minor leagues mean to just about anyone involved in the game.”

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