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October 26, 2012 · 0 comments
In my "day job," I'm the features and sports editor for a weekly New Jersey newspaper, where I host another blog. Busy, busy, busy.
I did a profile piece on the award-winning cartoonist Arnold Roth and he was nice enough to "immortalize" me.
When the Yankees Were on the Fritz, by Fritz Peterson
Most recent books read:
Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games , by Lonnie Wheeler
Grade: B-. Nice tribute to unsung qualities, with great examples, but loses steam in sustaining for a full book.
Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes" , by Danny Peary
Grade: B+. Yeoman's work in assembling thousands of quotes that tell the story of this future Hall of Famer. On the other hand, given Jeter's milquetoast personality, perhaps too much of a good thing?
The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball's Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy, by Filip Bondy
Grade: B-: A lot of tangential material that may add to the deep backgro0und about the relationship between the Yankees and Royals or "puff it up" too much, depending on the reader's point of view.
When the Yankees Were on the Fritz: Revisiting the Horace Clarke Years. by Fritz Peterson
Grade: C-. Interesting recollection hampered by poor editing.
"Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer, by Rob FItts
Grade: A. Fascinating story of a "pioneer" and an intimate look into Japanese baseball culture.
Pedro, by Pedro Martinez with Michael Silverman.
Grade: C-. Few redeeming qualities. Yeah, it's a memoir, but he doesn't have to be so egotistical about it.
The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes, by Jorge Posada with Gary Brozek.
Grade: B-. Pleasant enough but nothing outstanding about it.
Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, by Jeff Katz
Grade: B-. I wonder how many fans are that interested in the well-researched and detailed "behind closed doors" machinations of the labor dispute.
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What I'm (trying to) reading now
Slouching Toward Fargo: A Two-Year Saga of Sinners and St. Paul Saints at the Bottom of the Bush Leagues with Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie and Me, by Neal Karlen
First impressions: Long overdue. Don't know how this Casey Award-winner slipped under my radar up to now. Hanging head.
The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics, by John Thorn and Pete Palmer.
Maybe I'll get it this time around.
The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII, by John Kilma.
Always interested in the role of baseball and World War II
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