Not only is baseball season upon us, but baseball book season is upon us as demonstrated by the bouquet that arrived since Friday.
My apologies, dear mail carrier.
So in an attempt to catch up a bit…
- Meet Andy Green, San Diego Padres manager and bibliophile.
- A Q&A with Dan Schlossberg, author of the just-released The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists, and Legends from Our National Pastime.
- This brief piece on the Latin Times sites notes the forthcoming publication of David Ortiz‘s new memoir, Papi: My Story.
- John Sickels tells his fans why he didn’t write his annual Baseball Prospects book.
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform — lavidabaseball.com — to celebrate Latino baseball, with University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. as its editor-in-chief. Burgos is the author of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line.
- Fox Sports recently noted the 12th (?) anniversary of the Publication of Jose Canseco‘s Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. Love him or hate him, Canseco did serve as a major source when it came to bringing the PED scandal to public attention.
- Not sure how much there will be, but baseball books are mentioned as part of the The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair and The Fine Press Book Fair, March 11. See here for more details.
- To be very honest, I’ve been lazy when it comes to reading the pitifully small number of baseball previews available on the newsstands. Used to be there were almost 10 every year from which to choose (not counting the additional publications devoted exclusively to building your fantasy team). I seem to be moving towards the type of fan who’s more interested in the culture and history of the game than the kids who play. Regardless of my reasons, Will Leitch took care of that for me with his assessment of what’s currently available.
- Terry Householder of KPC News, posted this review of John P. Carvalho’s Frick: Baseball’s Third Commissioner.
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges posted this piece about alum Stephan Wong (Class of ’89), author of Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments.
- If I were a carnivore, I’d probably be more interested in Nolan Ryan‘s The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes from a Texas Kitchen, which was actually published in 2014, so I’m not sure why this article appears now.
- Of more immediate interest is this story on Jon Post, an artist who recreates old baseball cards on a grand scale.