Bits and pieces, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

Author appearances: Just in time for the May 21 opening of the St. Paul Saints’ CHS Field, Stew Thornley is launching his new book, The St. Paul Saints: Baseball in the Capital City, at 7 p.m. April 1 at SubText bookstore, at Selby and Western avenues in St. Paul. He will also talk about his earlier book Minnesota Twins Through Memorabilia.

Author and baseball historian John G. Zinn will describe “Baseball in New Jersey 1855-1870″ on Thursday, April 9 at The Bethel in Mount Tabor in Parsippany, NJ. This free program begins at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments served starting at 7. The Bethel is located in Trinity Park across from the library. For information, call 973-975-0001

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You would need a whole lot of bookshelves to show off this collection.

* * * Heyman doesn’t seem to enamored of Steve Kettmann’s new bio on Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Upshot: “On the pages of Baseball Maverick, How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets, he is a Renaissance man almost without flaw, while just about everyone else is multi-layered, textured; you know, real. Everyone else has imperfections…”

Adam Rubin echoes some similar sentiments in his piece on ESPN:

Revived the Mets?

After all, the organization has endured six straight losing seasons. Alderson has presided as general manager over the last four.

Alderson noted he is not the author. It was penned by friend Steve Kettmann, a former A’s beat writer. Alderson did grant Kettmann more than 100 interviews spanning four years.

The book is still worth reading, despite its excessively positive tone.

You can judge for yourself through some excerpts the NY Daily News recently published in parts one, two, and three.

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Here’s as brief interview (with transcript) from the Charlotte, NC, NPR station with Marty Appel, work worked on 100 Years Of Who’s Who In Baseball. I guess I take for granted that each hosts is as well-versed in every subject as his or her guest, but that’s an unrealistic assumption.



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