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.
If people knew how Michael Lewis got the inspiration to write Moneyball, I wonder if that would have made a difference.
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.
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.
An ancillary benefit to the KC Royals being in the World Series: it boosts attendance for the Negro League Baseball Museum.
Good to know CC Sabathia was putting his down time to good use, writing a children’s book about Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Roger Angell’s Season Ticket was recently chosen for “This Week’s Must Read” by NPR.
A review of Nolan Ryan: The Making of a Pitcher, from Sports Illustrated‘s “Fan Sided” blog section
Paul Auster, one of my new favorite novelists, has some ideas about how to improve the game.