Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me ran one of its “highlight shows” last week, including a “Not My Job” segment with Jim Bouton. Always a pleasure to hear him. It’s impossible for players to publish a book these days without a reference to Ball Four; Dirk Hayhurst — who is release his fourth title this spring — immediately comes to mind.
Whenever I learn about an author who’s interviewed on Only a Game, I still feel a bit miffed that I wasn’t included last year for a chat on NPR’s sports program. It has been suggested it was because I didn’t include host Bill Littelfield’s baseball novel, Prospect, in 501. I really hope that’s not the case; otherwise it would seem pretty petty. After all, and with all due modesty, I believe 501 is the type of resource that can get people to read, turning them on to some of the most interesting (if not always the best) books on the national pastime. Or have I been deluding myself about it’s value?
Anyway, I congratulate those authors who are guests, including, most recently, John Feinstein (Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball) and John Rosengren (The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption).
Then there’s this OAG segment about “Baseball Card Industry: 25 Years Of Upper Deck.”