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November 14, 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.
Most recent books read:
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.
The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball's Forgotten Heroes, by Gary Cieradkowski
Grade: A. Fun all around, from the stylized artwork to the engaging narratives.
A History of Baseball in 100 Objects, by Josh Leventhal
Grade: B-. Handsome book because of photos, but basically one more "listicle."
Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles, by Ed Lucas and Chris Lucas
Grade: A-. Sweet, inspirational story. Could have used more baseball info, but that's obviously a personal call by the author.
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What I'm 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.
Strangers in the Bronx: DiMaggio, Mantle, and the Changing of the Yankee Guard, by Andrew O'Toole.
Curious to read an in-depth report on the relationship between DiMaggio and Mantle.
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