Throwback Thursday (aka, MASSIVE links dump, part two)

April 16, 2015

Since I posted the first of these last Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric.

As a reminder,

I highly recommend Pocket as a way to hold onto links you come that you want to keep. Unlike bookmarks, Pocket keeps the entire page and makes it relative easy for you to find stuff you “pocketed.” I have keepers going back six years — more than 5,000 links — and I’ve decided it’s time to start cleaning house so here are some submitted for your amusement, perusal, and education. Some are not current, but in a sense, they’re timeless. They’re presented in reverse order (oldest first).

  • Book Club on the Gaper’s Block site posted this Q&A with Dan “Wolverine” Epstein for his first baseball book, Big Hair and Plastic Grass.
  • I find it amusing to see how several baseball sites list not just the attendance of the games in the box scores, but the percentage of capacity for the stadium. I would probably not want my faults pointed out to that extent. Hardball Talk took up an issue of attendance reporting in this piece, “If you’re going to trash baseball, at least use the right data.”
  • I have asked my women baseball friends how they feel about books “tailored” for a female readership. On the one hand, they’re for anything that will bring more women to the game. On the other, as expressed in this 2010 piece by Sarah Braesch on Blogher, such attempts can border on the insulting.
  • You can read the entirety of John Bloom’s A House of Cards: Baseball Card Collecting and Popular Culture online at  Google books.
  • Author James Bailey posted this piece on some of his favorite baseball books of 2010. Isn’t nice to be able to get a reminder of what was a big thing back in the day?
  • Baseball Reflections offers this list of books about Japanese baseball. There have been more published since then, including Robert Fitts’ latest, Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer.
  • Speaking of Japanese baseball: Don’t know if all the links in this entry are still valid, but Robert Whiting is a veteran writer on the subject.
  • Judy Lynn Johnson posted this essay on the sometimes overwhelming number of baseball titles that are worthy of our attention, if only there was more time.
  • It’s been five years since this piece on “How to improve sports cards” appeared on the Sports Collector Daily site. I wonder what, if any suggestions were put into action?
  •’s an author site: Jenny Shank for the novel The Ringer. Haven’t read this one so can’t say one way or the other.
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