The New York Times ran this article in the front section about trying to find a way to make maple bats more shatter-resistant. I don’t know what David Wright uses, but in the Wednesday night game, his bat broke against his head on a swing. Yikes. He didn’t even get out of the batter’s box as the Braves pulled a double play on him. Could have been pretty bad.
Stacey May Fowles published this piece, “Watching Like a Girl:How mainstream sports reporting gets female fandom wrong,” in The Walrus, a Canadian national on-line magazine. The basic point is that baseball does not need to be condescending when it comes to women at the ball park. (I wonder what she thinks of books like The Cool Chick’s Guide to Baseball, by Lisa Martin; It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls’ Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball, by Diedre Silva and Jackie Koney; Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, by Alyssa Milano; or Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees, by Jane Heller.)
A couple of documentaries are in the offing: one on LSD-imbibing, no-hitter throwing Dock Ellis (another story about the “Dock”umentary here), another on former slugger/current outraged White Sox broadcaster titled Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson, which premiered on the MLB Network on July 18.
Sports columnist Howard Bryant, author of such excellent baseball titles as The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron and Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, will turn his attention towards younger readers in a series of sports books.
Bloomberg.com ran this mini-roundup of Larry Rutman’s American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball; Peter Meltzer’s So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan’s Guide to the Official Rules; and Russell Schneider’s Cleveland Indians Legends.