Bits and pieces, Sept. 17

September 17, 2013

bbiconHow different would the literary world be if Tom Wolfe had grown up to be a baseball player? So where’s his baseball novel?

bbiconJohn Rosengren, author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, will put in an appearance at his alma mater — Saint John’s University — on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Hank Greenberg: Baseball Star, Jewish Hero, American Legend.”

bbiconRafael Hermoso will discuss his new book Speak English! The Rise of Latinos in Baseball, at a program hosted by the bronx Music Heritage Center on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. From the Newsday announcement: “Hermoso has covered baseball for publications such as the New York Daily News and The New York Times, and he currently works for UNICEF. His latest work, a collaboration with photographer Rita Rivera, illustrates the difficulties and triumphs of the last half-century for Latino baseball players. From tales of leaving home in their early teenage years to stories of clubhouse alienation today, the history of Latinos in baseball has been – and in some ways continues to be – one of struggle. The book features a foreword from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and an afterword by Omar Minaya, former GM of the New York Mets. Click here for more information.

bbiconKadir Nelson, author of the lovely children’s book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, will participate in the National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington DC. Here’s the interview I did with Nelson in 2009.

bbiconRichard “Pete” Peterson, author of the new Pops: The Willie Stargell Story, hosts an occasion show, Reading Baseball, on WSIU public radio. Here’s his latest.

bbiconA profile/review of Russell Schneider and his new book about the Cleveland Indians.

bbiconHere’s a representative of another kind of book I probably won’t be reading anymore: Baseball’s Creation Myth: Adam Ford, Abner Graves and the Cooperstown Story, by Brian “Chip” Martin. This story about the author from the Strathroy Age Dispatch (?) features the line “Baseball’s Creation Myth” includes over 600 footnotes.” I wonder how long the 228-page book, published by McFarland, would have been with all those citations.

bbiconI don’t know what the greater story is: that this 13-year-old‘s favorite player is Honus Wagner, that he counts Donald Honig as a pen-pal, or that he actually writes letters (as oppzd 2 txts).

bbiconBaseball in Long Beach, by long-time Southern California journalist Bob Keisser, takes an in-depth look at the extensive and obscure world that is Long Beach baseball, according to this article on the Long Beach Post‘s website.

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