From the category archives:

501 Project

Another book about Pete Rose? Seems more books have been published about (and by) the dishonored all-time hit leader than anyone except Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson. But as Kostya Kennedy explained in our recent conversation, the job of the writer is to find something new to say or say in […]

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All of these came in this week from my “alma mater,” the University of Nebraska Press. So many books, so little time.    

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A ballplayer’s best friend is his or her glove. You might be willing to let someone use your bat, but a mitt? Now that’s too personal. With all the books I read, I look forward to the unusual and Glove Affairs: The Romance, History, and Tradition of the Baseball Glove, by Noah Liberman, fits that […]

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From the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion: Jon Leonoudakis is at the Nine Conference in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve never been to one of these but hope to go some day. In the meantime, according to this picture he posted in Facebook, I’m represented. A reminder: If you’d like an autographed bookplate and/or checklist for your copy […]

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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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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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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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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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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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I guess I’m doin’ fine

December 27, 2013 · 2 comments

Well hello there My, it’s been a long long time How am I doin’ Oh well, I guess I’m doin’ fine It’s been so long now and it seems that It was only yesterday Ain’t it funny how time slips away From “Ain’t it Funny How Time Slips Away,” by Willie Nelson One of the […]

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Sometimes I wish publishers would be a little more detail-oriented when sending review copies. Most recently I have received three copies of Ben Bradlee Jr.’s The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, and two of Steve Rushin’s The 34-Ton Bat. So in an effort to share the wealth (and not clutter up the house […]

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Aww, thanks guys

December 19, 2013 · 0 comments

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Speaking of awards… The “problem” with a book like 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die is that you have to draw the line somewhere to meet the publisher’s deadline. I was allowed some last-minute adjustments to include a handful of books that came out in 2012, but what about this year’s batch? […]

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Overdue in posting about my wonderful experience at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival earlier this month. I was part of the Sports Night panel with Oliver Horovitz, author of An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course. I will admit to a bit of jealousy as Horovitz […]

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A dozen Frenchmen (French people?) can’t be wrong. Found this on the Facebook page for the Bookshelf: INSOLITE | Ron Kaplan, célèbre pour son ouvrage “501 livres que les vrais fan de baseball doivent lire avant de mourir” et son blog Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf, a profité d’un voyage à Paris pour venir visiter les […]

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Du base-ball

November 19, 2013 · 4 comments

The day after I got off the plane from my appearance at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival (Nov. 6), my wife and I got on a plane for Paris (France, not Texas), an extension of our 25th anniversary celebration. We did the usual touristy things, but I also had the opportunity to visit the […]

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A reminder, I’ll be gone for awhile. Leaving for St. Louis tomorrow for the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival where I’ll be appearing in … SPORTS NIGHT Moderator: Tom Ackerman, Sports Director KMOX RADIO Oliver Horovitz AN AMERICAN CADDIE IN ST. ANDREWS: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course Wait-listed at Harvard, Horovitz […]

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One person’s opinion on “A few baseball books to extend the season.” Really? That’s all you could come up with? IMHO, one of the nice things about 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die — which includes entries about the three titles in the aforementioned piece — is that it lets you, the […]

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Thanks a hundred thousand

October 22, 2013 · 1 comment

One day, God willing, it’ll be “a million.” But in the meantime, after a complicated determination process, it has been decided that Dennis Anderson of Dunlap, Illinois, was the 100,000th visitor to my Baseball Bookshelf. His reward? A signed copy of 501. Bound to be worth thousands of pennies a century from now. I asked […]

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I just love those radio commercials that implore listeners to either call within the next few minutes to take advantage of an extra special promotion (even though the spots run all day), or to be caller number xx. Like they won’t take your money if you’re late. Actually, I always thought of these things as […]

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