You can have Barry Bonds’ estate for a (very expensive) song.
And if that’s too rich for your blood, maybe one of these would do in a pinch.
If it fits on a bookshelf, it fits here.
December 23, 2013 · 0 comments
In my "day job," I'm the features and sports editor for a weekly New Jersey newspaper. I'm also the editor of the Bibliography Committee Newsletter for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
I did a piece on the award-winning cartoonist Arnold Roth and he was nice enough to "immortalize" me.
Most recent book read:
Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball, by John Feinstein.
B+ Engaging and sad story about ballplayers trying to break into the Majors or return after having tasted "the life."
Babe Ruth's Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's Greatest Home Run, by Ed Sherman
B+ -- Well-researched account of a sorty that remains one of the true myths/legends in the game.
The Little Book of Yankees Evil by Brook Zelcer and Jelena Aleksich.
B. Slim volume on those evils, nicely illustrated and pithily headlined. Cover price and unavailability via Amazon (as of this writing) might turn some away.
The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball by Andrew Zimbalist
B. Eye-opening ideas about the game, but the charts,tables, and math formulae are not for everyone.
What I'm reading now
Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950
So far: Entertaining material on a subject I usually find fairly dry.
The Bill James Handbook 2014
So far: Trying to concentrate on the narrative, rather than just the numbers.
Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion, by Larry Schechter
So far: I'm very late to the FB table, but am determined to learn enough to have intelligent conversations about the topic.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, by George F. Will
So far: I may not agree with his politics, but when it comes to baseball, I enjoy what he has to say.
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