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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I think one of the things new authors have to learn is patience, very difficult when you want everyone to like your book…. and you want them to like it early on. I must admit, I was disappointed when 501 Baseball Books didn’t get the accolades I had fantasized about. No pickup in Sports Illustrated, or […]
To borrow a familiar phrase. Here’s Waldo E. of Burcht, Belgium, by way of Cuba, a happy reader of the book. Well on the way to being an international best-seller. (Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.)
The spreadsheet “checklist” for 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die is complete and has sent out to those who have requested it. Never too late if you still want one (book or checklist). Just send an email.
A few readers have told me it would be great to have included a checklist in 501 Baseball Books, perhaps something of a detachable nature that would allow them to note what they’ve already ready as well as take the list with them to the library or bookstore for further reading pleasure. Great idea. So […]
Daniel Shoptaw, who hosts Cardinals70, a blog dedicated to the St. Louis franchise, was kind enough to have me as a guest on his recent podcast, which you can hear here. And if that wasn’t enough, he also took the time to review the book.
Up until the day I received my first check (and the only one for the year. Seems these things come annually, not quarterly as I had hoped), the most-asked question I received was “how is the book doing?” I know the questioner means well and I appreciate the thoughts. But the truth was, until I […]
For all the great programs the Bergino Baseball Clubouse sponsors and hosts, it’s nice to see Jay Goldberg’s labor of love get some swell-deserved recognition, as in this piece from The Wall Street Journal in July. Goldberg has opened his “home” to countless authors and artists to basically chew the fat in a relaxed atmosphere […]
Been awhile. Apologies. The latest nonsense is a pinched nerve in my throwing arm, which makes typing extremely uncomfortable, hence the dearth of posts lately. But back to business… Ed Sherman was kind enough to invite me to discuss 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die for his blog on Sports and Media, […]