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Annoucements

Honored to be the “closer” for The National Pastime Museum’s series on “The Baseball Book That Changed My Life” with an essay on The Tao of Baseball. Following up on what I wrote last week, it’s flattering to be in a lineup with such a great group of folks who discussed their most influential baseball […]

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In a vain attempt to clear out my inbox, here is the final B&P for the year. Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about these things as much as I have. Don’t read anything political into the posting of this piece about “How Bernie Sanders brought professional baseball to Vermont,” via The Sporting News. From outsports.com, this […]

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The longlist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2015 was announced today. Winner gets $5,000. Of the ten books on the list, four are baseball titles including: The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build […]

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Bjarkman, who specializes in the history of Cuban and Latino Cuban baseball, will speak about his forthcoming, Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story, on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota, Fla., For more information about the program, call 941-545-5635.    

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Fountain — author of yet another book about the Black Sox Scandal — will be the featured guest at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. to discuss The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball. The 29th is an off day for the World […]

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Michael Garry, author of the new book Game of My Life New York Mets: Memorable Stories of Mets Baseball, will be the featured speaker at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Special guest for the event will be Ed Charles, third baseman for the 1969 World Champion team. […]

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Spitball Magazine posted this on Linked-In, so I figure it’s fair to reports here: CASEY Award Call for 2015 Baseball Books. All authors and publishers of baseball books published in 2015 should make sure that their titles are included in the CASEY Award (Best Baseball Books of the Year) Nominating process, underway now. For more information, […]

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The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in NYC will host a fundraising event with former NY Met favorite Mookie Wilson on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Wilson published his memoirs, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, with Erik Sherman last year. Jay Goldberg, the owner of Bergino, said in an e-mail: In brief, the event […]

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The Sports Illustrated for Kids blog ran this Q&A with Dick Flavin, public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox and author of Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses. The Kansas City Star ran this profile on W.P. Kinsella, author of too many great baseball stories to mention. The Desert News posted this review of […]

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The Baseball Hall of Fame will host 11 Authors Series events throughout the season, bringing noted baseball authors to Cooperstown for special lectures and book signings. Among the highlights of the 2015 Authors Series is an appearance by former major league pitcher Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese-born player in the history of major league baseball. […]

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If you’re in the area of Paramus, NJ, this Sunday (June 14), drop by the BooksNJ event and say hi. I’ll be on a panel discussing the general topic “Who’s on first? Why baseball hits it out of the park” from 3:20 to 4 p.m., based on my 2013 release 501 Baseball Books Fans Must […]

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But if you’re in Chicago next Monday, perhaps you can partake: Imperfect Perfect Game: Baseball Writing in America When: Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM Where: Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, Chicago, IL Speakers: Lester Munson and John Schulian Abstract: There is a special affinity between baseball and the writers who cover […]

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SO late to the fair

February 27, 2015 · 0 comments

Don’t know how this slipped by me: The Baseball Book Festival takes place tomorrow (Feb. 28), in Indianapolis. Authors participating in the event include: Doug Wilson (Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson, The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, and the forthcoming Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk. Pete Cava (Amazing Tales from […]

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One of the first women reports to make it into a mens’ locker room, Alison Gordon passed away yesterday at the age of 72. Gordon, who covered the Blue Jays for the Toronto Star, wrote about her experiences in her 19085 memoir, Foul ball!: Five Years in the American League, which is include in 501 Baseball […]

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Just like the movies, this is the baseball book awards season. On Monday, I wrote about Kostya Kennedy’s biography Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, winning Spitball Magazine’s Casey award. Now the other shoe has dropped. Mover and Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, & Baseball’s Westward Expansion, by past SABR President Andy McCue was selected as […]

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From the editors of Spitball Magazine, here are the finalists for the 2014 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year: Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson, by Doug Wilson The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title that Became a National Obsession, by Rick Huhn The Fight of […]

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Bits and Pieces, Oct. 24

October 24, 2014 · 0 comments

Haven’t done one of these in awhile. Of course, I haven’t done much of anything for awhile what with working on the new non-baseball sports book. So here are a few items from recent weeks. If people knew how Michael Lewis got the inspiration to write Moneyball, I wonder if that would have made a […]

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Update: A new title has been added to the mix and new prices are in effect. The changes have been reflected below. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding this year’s World Series match-up is less than a major rush. The folks at MLB and the rest of the media have their work cut […]

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I don’t get to New York City much these days and when I do, it’s usually to attend an event at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. Wish I could get to this one, though. I did a story about Gerberg several years ago when one of his collections came out. Unfortunately, it’s not on the newspaper’s […]

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Brought to you as a public service announcement: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host a blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross in conjunction with Bassett Healthcare, on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cooper Park adjacent to the Hall of Fame in a Red Cross […]

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