Unless one is supposed to be a superhero and the other a supervillain. “Following the release of the film, 42, baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s story comes to life once more, this time in comic book form.” The same publisher is also releasing a comic book about Alex Rodriguez.
Because, you know, the Marlins have a giant fish tank behind home plate.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Spent a very nice evening at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on May 9, chatting about the new book. An intimate group attended. My wife accompanied me there and commented on how knowledgeable they all seemed to be on the general topic and how impressive the conversation was. My [...]
Some people are nostalgic for the old days. Boomers might think the 1950s and 1960s were the best of times (despite social unrest, Jim Crow laws, fewer rights for women, worse health care, etc.). Their parents might think it was the simple more innocent time of the 30s and 40s. I know I long for [...]
The iconic illustrator will show pieces of his baseball collection at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street in Manhattan from March 26 to April 16. An Opening Night event will be held on Wednesday, March 27. Admission is free, but you have to register.
Heh. From The Perry Bible Fellowship
On this date: 1893 – The first recorded version of Casey at the Bat, as recited by Russell Hunting, hits the music charts. DeWolf Hopper’s more famous version will not be released until October 1906. 1969 – Attorney Bowie Kuhn is named commissioner, succeeding Spike Eckert. Kuhn receives a one-year contract paying him $100,000. Major [...]
(Because this looks like a sticker, and you can put stickers on your bookcase, although I wouldn’t recommend it; they ruin the finish when you try to remove them.) The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, of which I am a proud lifetime member, just released its new logo: Students of the game will recognize [...]
Jim Baker posted this amusing entry on SB Nation regarding “Baseball Books for Boys” that certainly weren’t around when I was a kid. Baker previously posted these items on ersatz baseball pulp fiction and comics.
Craig Robinson is one of my favorite Internet friends. One of his websites offers unusual graphical representations of ideas (infographics), such as how tall Alex Rodriguez’s salary would be in penny form (short answer, miles). Robinson published Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure, a collection of his work last year, which I highly [...]
Used to be you had to wait until at least February for the first whiff of baseball lit to be available. Not any more. The Hardball Times Annual and The Bill James Handbook are already out an about. Herewith a few reviews: The Handbook, by SB Nation, ESPN’s Sweet Spot. HBT: Not so much a [...]
Spitball Magazine announced the finalists for the publications annual CASEY award for best baseball book of the year. The titles include: Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan, by Robert K. Fitts Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, by Paul Dickson Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931, by [...]
♦ I’m including this piece just because I find it amusing. I hope the Brits don’t get all their baseball info like this. ♦ Who says fiction about the national pastime has to be confined to literature? Here’s a case of fictitious baseball merchandise. ♦ Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A [...]
(Close enough for government work.) Artist Ron Lewis whose previous creations has celebrated living members of baseball’s 500 home run club, 3,000 hit club, and its 3,000-strikeout pitchers, among other sports icons, has completed a new lithograph presenting 26 living Jewish baseball players. Copyright Art O Graphs (Of course, this little image doesn’t do [...]
Graig Kreindler got a nice write-up in Hyland Magazine which was, according to the publisher, “created strictly for subscription on the iPad,” (booo). If you have an iPad, God bless. If not, and you’re on Facebook, you can read the individual panels here.
Enjoyed reading a few … well, what to call them? They’re not exactly graphic novels since they deal with real-life figures.. Anyway… The first was 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, which is described as a graphic novel on the dust cover. Written/drawn by Wilfred Santiago and published by Fantographic Books last year, this is [...]
Speaking of Damn Yankees… The composer/lyricist responsible for such memorable songs as and “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)” from Damn Yankees died June 21 at the age of 90. Damn Yankees was based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, by Douglass Wallop. Adler also worked on words and music [...]
The iconic artist passed away yesterday at the age of 91. I first “discovered” Neiman when I was pre-teen from This Great Game, a baseball coffee-table book which included several of his illustrations. He also did the artwork for a 2002 edition of Casey at The Bat. Neiman portrayed most of the star players over [...]