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A chance to look over the overlooked. * Not exactly “Throwback Thursday,” but this piece on the Peoria Journal Star website is an appreciation for The Bronx Zoo, published by relief pitcher Sparky Lyle (then with the NY Yankees) and Peter Golenbock. * And another one from PJS about Double Play, a memoir written by […]

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The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way. Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work. Caveat 3: […]

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First of all, congratulations to Ken W. of Charlotte, NC, winner of last week’s book, You Gotta Have Balls, by Brandon Steiner.  Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is the paperback edition of Long Shot, by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler. Here’s my review of the book, which appeared on Bookreporter.com. A […]

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It’s that time of year when publications — both print and on-line — put out their lists of hot new baseball titles, either from a staff writer or guest contributor. One of the reasons publishers get their lists out so far in advance is that the general media (i.e., not the sports sections) “celebrates” the […]

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Brad Mangin, who published a collection of his Baseball Instagrams last year, has a new slideshow of some of his 2014 spring training work on the Sports Illustrated site. Here’s my conversation with Mangin, conducted last September, about his somewhat unorthodox approach.

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Herschel Cobb (right) accepts the Casey Award, presented annually by Spitball magazine for the best baseball book of the year. Cobb is the author of Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up With My Grandfather, Ty Cobb. Presenting the award at the March 9 banquet in Cincinnati is Mike Shannon, editor of Spitball. Also in attendance […]

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I used to do this awhile ago: Every Friday (or as every Friday as I can), I’ll post the top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. The only caveat: print editions only (at least for now). Actually, another caveat: as the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by […]

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It’s a win-win situation: I get to de-clutter the house and please the missus and some luck follower of RKBB gets a free book. Here are the rules: The fifth person to post a comment on the site (not Facebook) wins. Only related to the overall scope of the blog, please; no “My team’s great, […]

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It took me a long time to get through Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. Not because it was boring, heaven forbid, but because it made me stop and think so much. Some might think too much time and emotion are spent dissecting sports — to much romanticism, too much philosophy, […]

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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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This is the time of year when you start hearing about all the exciting new baseball titles you can look forward to. And don’t worry, I’ll get to those soon. But I can’t help feeling a bit sad about the short “buzz-span” of a book. Heck, even that perennial best-seller Moneyball isn’t talked or written […]

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I don’t usually do this, but since Peter Schwartz, co-author with John Sexton and Thomas Oliphant of Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game was nice enough to tweet about it, I figure, why not. Schwartz will be a guest speaker at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on March 6 (weather permitting; that’s […]

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Awhile back I notched my 100,000th visitor. To celebrate the occasion, I put up copies to The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, by Bill Bradlee Jr., and The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects, by Steve Rushin, […]

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Creativity counts

February 10, 2014 · 1 comment

I picked up second “annual” of the year. Gotta say, how about a little imagination, guys? It’s pretty lazy (and artistically lame), to fall back on featuring Derek Jeter and David Wright on the New York regional edition, especially in consecutive years. Just sayin’.

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New review of 501

January 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Andy Wolfenson over at the “Bloggin’ Baseball (from the bench)” blog (say that five times fast) posted this review of 501 recently. Grateful that it’s still in the air, so to speak.  

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Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb by Herschel Cobb, has been chosen as winner of the 2013 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year by Spitball Magazine. From the Spitball post: The searing, sometimes horrifying, story about how Ty Cobb rescued his grandson from Herschel’s abusive father becomes in […]

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Bits and pieces, Jan. 15

January 15, 2014 · 0 comments

Hey, if A-Rod can do it, why not Bud? Commissioner Selig has said he wants to write a book when he retires. For you Yankee and home run fans, this looks interesting: New York Yankees Home Runs: A Comprehensive Factbook, 1903-2012, by Mitchell S. Soivenski. It should not be surprising that this is a McFarland […]

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Schadenfreude-lite?

January 8, 2014 · 0 comments

Although that’s not quite accurate for what I’m trying to relate here. I do not take joy in others’ misfortunes. They’re not even misfortunes and I’m sure the Germans have a better word for what I’m trying to say. I just take a small degree of satisfaction in knowing that, as of this writing, 501 […]

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Trying to clear out my mailbox o’ links by the end of the year. USA Today had high praise for The Kid, allowing that “chances are, no “Teddy Ballgame” biography will ever match up with Ben Bradlee Jr.’s new and exhaustive book about baseball’s greatest hitter.” (Here’s a 10-year-old’s take on the book. He must […]

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High praise, indeed

December 27, 2013 · 0 comments

Saw this on Facebook from Jon Leonoudakis, producer/director of Not Exactly Cooperstown and 5:04 p.m.: A First Person Account of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game: “Christmas gift reading haul–I have read the first two profiles on “Glory” and am floored. Dipped into some of Ron Kaplan’s gem, which is to be my book guide […]

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