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baseball humor

Unless you’re too injured. I don’t know about you, but I think the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game is a colossal waste of time. As power-hitting professional athletes, hitting batting practice speed balls, you should expect them to hit it over the wall. But the upshot is injury. The Colorado Rockies’  Justin Morneau, […]

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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 […]

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Looking over the overlooked in baseball books stuff. In honor of Mothers’ Day, this piece by David Seideman in Forbes urges you to “Forgive Your Mom For Throwing Out Your Baseball Cards.” Is it my imagination or are Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner turning into Ralph Branca and Bobby Thomson? MLB.com described Mookie’s new memoir […]

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There are several excellent bits featuring of baseball cliches, not the least of which is this scene from Bull Durham: I previous wrote about The Final Four of Everything, focusing on Dan Okrent’s greatest Jewish baseball Players and Will Leitch’s greatest sports writers. Now it’s time for Sports Cliches, a contribution by Sports Illustrated‘s Steve […]

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First of all, congratulations to Bob W. of Chantilly, VA, winner of last week’s book, Long Shot, by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler. Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is the brand-spankin’ new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and American in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 by Dan Epstein. A reminder about the […]

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Nate Silver recently began his 538.com site under the aegis of ESPN. One would hope that he and his minions will produce a lot of smart sports (i.e., baseball) stuff. Obviously a site dedicated to projections and predictions has a lot of math to it. Ugh.But you have to take the “bad” with the good. […]

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I’m going to be writing a lot in the days and weeks to come about the fun new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and its companion book, a lovely anthology. To kick things off, and in recognition of the NCAA basketball tournament, here’s […]

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and the remainder table. If it can happen to Yogi…

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This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]

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Bits and pieces, Feb. 14

February 14, 2014 · 1 comment

One of these days I have to get out to the San Diego Public Library. They frequently have good baseball-themed programs, including this one, which starts tomorrow. Tom Clavin, author of The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream will be a keynote speaker on March 8 at 1 […]

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by Brook Zelcer and Jelena Aleksich. Self-published, $17. (thelittlebookofyankeesevil.com) A little book gets a little review. Zelcer, a New Jersey school teacher, compiles a list of almost 50 crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the hated (by some) franchise, either as an organization (when it “steals the design for the famous interlocking NY logo from a […]

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While tooling around Amazon, looking to see what interesting baseball titles are on the horizon, I found this: The Best Ever Book of Diamondbacks Jokes: Lots and Lots of Jokes Specially Repurposed for You-Know-Who, by Mark Geoffrey Young. A further look at the author’s other works shows that he’s got a book like this for […]

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Unlike the celebrities in this NY Times story, like Bob Uecker, famously does not sit in the front row. And to drive that point home, the Milwaukee Brewers will honor their long-time broadcaster with a statute in the last row at their home Miller Park. Uecker was the “star” of a number of Miller Lite […]

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What if…

January 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Saw this on Marty Appel‘s Facebook page: Ok, so I thought of this last night. It’s September 29, 2014. Yankees and Red Sox have tied for first in AL East and need to have a one-game playoff to see who wins the division. But wait, it is game #163…..A-Rod has served his 162 game suspension, […]

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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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Steve Rushin was a guest on Milwaukee’s WUWM to discuss his new book,  The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobble Heads, Cracker Jacks, Jock Straps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects. You can read about and listen to his appearance here. Missed this one from Nov. 29: On […]

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Football-looking image, but the sentiment applies to baseball as well.

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The baseball lifer — player, broadcaster, raconteur, game show host, and author — was named recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Award in recognition of his “extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on society. ” From the Hall of Fame press release: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of […]

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(Speaking of “nations,” in looking for an appropriate clip for this piece, I sought out the theme for the news segment of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, a precursor to Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update.” I was reminded what a big deal RML-I was in its time. Some of the guests included such high-profilers as John […]

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What took them so long?

November 25, 2013 · 0 comments

ABC cancels Back in the Game Back in the Game, starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson, has effectively been cancelled, though all 13 episodes will air. However, no more will be produced, which presumably will make way for Suburgatory to return to the schedule. I might actually go back and watch the rest (after passing […]

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