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When 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die came out last year, I had the hopes than in addition to being read just for the sake of reading, it might be incorporated into colleges and high school classes about literature, sports, humanities, etc. I still do and maybe someone out there reading this […]

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Even if they might not have a logo on them. In cases where new inductees have played for multiple teams, it’s become something of an issue as to which cap they want on their plaque. There have been rumors that some teams will pay for the privilege of having their logo on display in Cooperstown […]

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don’t know where, don’t know when… Taking off tomorrow for a little vacation. Not sure of the accessibility/availability issues, so trying to squeeze in a few so my mailbox won’t be so full when I get back. There have been at least a couple of baseball mysteries with the title Strike Three, You’re Dead, one […]

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Looking over the overlooked in baseball book (etc.) news… Wow, so much for the free exchange of ideas. Tried to access three items about baseball author appearances, book news, etc. but was blocked from each one because I’m not a paid subscriber. Bummer, man. Anyway… The Boston Globe ran this review of I Don’t Care […]

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First of all, congratulations to Jim M. of Austin, Texas, winner of last week’s book, A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters & the Battle for the 1897 Pennant, by Bill Felber. Thank you all for your comments. In an attempt to encourage even more commenting, and brighten up your week when you need […]

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The author of Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of 23 Players, will be the featured speaker for a program on “Jews in Baseball” at The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan, on Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. For information, call 212-674-5750.

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It may seem unfair, but I do tend to judge e-books by their cover, especially when they are offered only in that format. It’s an indication of the time and effort the author/publisher puts into the project. Similarly, I’m basing my opinions strictly on the quality of the sample offered. Some are longer (and better) […]

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Well, that was relatively easy. The Boston Red Sox are your new World Series Champions! As a newspaper buff, I always like to see how the local press covers such high-profile sports events. Frequently, tabloid publications employ “wraps,” using the entire front and back page for one large photo, like these from the Boston Herald. […]

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George Vecsey, author of Stan Musial: An American Life and Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game, among others, was the main guest on yesterday’s Brian Lehrer Show. You can listen to the segment below: * * * Frank “Tug” McGraw was the subject of the “Not My Job” segment on Wait Wait Don’t Tell […]

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All I know about Yankton, South Dakota, was that it was an element in one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Deadwood. Al Swearengen: Bloodletting on my premises that I ain’t approved I take as a f***ing affront. It puts me off my feed. Hearst:How do we know when you are off your feed? Al […]

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Submitted for your interest from another semi-regular scan of new titles. It may seem unfair, but I do tend to judge e-books by their cover, especially when they are offered only in that format. It’s an indication of the time and effort the author/publisher puts into the project. Similarly, I’m basing my opinions strictly on […]

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The author of The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Comprehensive Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, the Legendary Players, and the Memorable Moments, will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson, Ohio tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed being a member of the Society for American Baseball Research is the cool publications that come with the territory. Well, they’ve only gotten better in recent years. In addition to annual Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime, SABR has taken to paying tribute to some great ball clubs […]

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Boo-flippin’-hoo

March 20, 2013 · 0 comments

So the entitled Yankee fans are turning their backs on the Bronx Bombers because of a few injuries? Welcome to the world of every other baseball fan. Richard Sandomir chronicled the last time the Yankees fell so low — 1965 — which “No current Yankees player was alive to witness.” He gives a nod to […]

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Hit the mother lode on Kirkus today in a good-news/bad-news scenario. On the plus side, I found several reviews of forthcoming topics for your interest and information. On the down side, 501 isn’t among them. Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, by John Rosengrean (buy it here). Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond […]

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I was watching Saturday Night Live last weekend and the musical guest was Macklemore whose hot song is “Thrift Shop.” Warning: Naughty words render this video NSFW. There are some “clean” versions to be found, but they don’t convey the story without the action, which is why I’m posting the original. I’m not familiar with […]

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Lest we forget: 1991 – Cool Papa Bell, Negro League outfielder; Hall of Famer (b. 1903) Cool Papa Bell (Baseball Hall of Famers of the Negro Leagues), by Shaun McCormack, Rosen Publishing Group, 2002. On this date: 1919 – Christy Mathewson, back from the World War I, rejoins the New York Giants as pitching coach […]

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James Bailey posted this one about Mike Piazza’s  Long Shot. Upshot: “I was neutral on him when I began and emerged with a somewhat negative impression. That’s probably not what he was looking for. Your mileage will likely vary depending on how closely you followed his career.” Bill Jordan over at Baseball Reflections did this […]

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by Frank Nappi, 2012, Skyhorse. Nappi continues the story of 18-year-old pitching sensation toiling for the 1949 minor league Milwaukee Brewers, whom he introduced in his 2008 publication, The Legend of Mickey Tussler.` If Tussler doesn’t have many the problems associated with a youngster trying to fit in with a group of older men in […]

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Review roundup, Jan. 17

January 17, 2013 · 0 comments

Won’t you come home, James Bailey? After a considerable absence from the blogosphere, Bailey returns to critique action with reviews on One Patch of Grass (upshot: “The champions and the cellar dwellers all get their due in One Patch of Grass, whether in the longer “innings” chapters or in the dozens of sidebars, charts, and […]

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