Bits and Pieces, Oct. 24

October 24, 2014

Haven’t done one of these in awhile. Of course, I haven’t done much of anything for awhile what with working on the new non-baseball sports book.

So here are a few items from recent weeks.

NewBaseball If people knew how Michael Lewis got the inspiration to write Moneyball, I wonder if that would have made a difference.

NewBaseball From the Knoxille News Sentinel, this piece on Amber Roessner’s Inventing Baseball Heroes: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and the Sporting Press in America. This will be one of the first books I try to get to after I finish my project.

NewBaseball The Antiques Road Show kicks of its new season on Jan.5, 2015, with a home-run appraisal of an early Boston baseball archive for $1,000,000.

NewBaseball An ancillary benefit to the KC Royals being in the World Series: it boosts attendance for the Negro League Baseball Museum.

NewBaseball to know CC Sabathia was putting his down time to good use, writing a children’s book about Christmas.

NewBaseball I have to say, I’ve never understood the fascination with getting a celebrity’s autograph, especially if s/he doesn’t sign it specifically for you. Nevertheless, there are plenty who are into that sort of thing, so this is for you: From Forbes, an article on “Five Affordable Vintage Autographs Of All-Time Baseball Greats.” Of course, “affordable” is a relative term.

NewBaseball Kudos to Ed Prence, who won an award for The Last Perfect Summer, selected as Best General Fiction of 2013 by The Authors’ Zone in Pittsburgh.

NewBaseball Devra Maza, a “screenwriter, journalist and actor,” recently visited the Baseball Hall of Fame to present them with a copy of her poem, “The Great Greg Maddux.” While there, she did a Q&A with Jim Gates, director of the research library, which was published on the Huffington Post.

NewBaseball All due respect, I doubt that Roger Kahn’s recent book, Rickey & Robinson, will be “the final word on baseball integration,” as per this reviewer.

NewBaseball Matt Nadell, a 15-year-old from New Jersey, published a book geared towards his contemporaries in Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers: An Introduction to Baseball History

NewBaseball Roger Angell’s Season Ticket was recently chosen for “This Week’s Must Read” by NPR.

NewBaseball The San Antonio Express-News published this review of Bill Madden’s 1954. Here’s another from and one from the Defiance, Ohio, Crescent-News (provided by the AP).

NewBaseball A review of Nolan Ryan: The Making of a Pitcher, from Sports Illustrated‘s “Fan Sided” blog section

NewBaseball Paul Auster, one of my new favorite novelists, has some ideas about how to improve the game.

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