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Should have posted this earlier, but the opening reception is tonight and Scilla will be a the featured speaker at an event on May 5 at the Italian American Museum in Manhattan.

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I wouldn’t mind having some of these on my bookshelf. The “odd” could have a double meaning: yeah, there are 100-something items on display (the exhibit actually features more than 150 paintings). And yeah, some of them are pretty odd. The LA-based Skirball Cultural Center will offer this exhibition by Southern California–based artist Ben Sakoguchi, […]

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“Baseball As Good Medicine: The Amazing, Magical, Healing Qualities of Baseball” describes itself as “a unique variety of storytellers from sportswriters to rheumatologists to artists to umpires – each telling a story related to this theme in 5 minutes or less.” From time to time, they hold an fundraising event by which all proceeds go […]

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There will be lots of souvenirs I could pick up here to stock my shelves, even if they’re not books. The event includes a screening of the documentary The Perfect Storm: The 1994 Expos. It’s no secret I’m all in for anything Expos-related. Hewe’s hoping they get another shot. With better management.

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♦ The Minnesota Spokesman Record, an African-America newspaper, posted this review of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota, published by Frank M. White. ♦ The Lincoln (NE) Journal Star provided this piece on Roger Angell‘s memoir, This Old Man: All in Pieces. I still maintain this […]

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Sort list this time, as I’m pretty much caught up on most current events. ♦ Dwier Brown, who play Ray Kinsella’s dad in Field of Dreams was a recent guest on the Hall of Very Good podcast. (As a reminder, I also had a chat with Brown.) ♦ I keep meaning to brush up on […]

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Brought to you as a public service announcement… The legendary baseball writer/broadcaster Peter Gammons was on the segment preceding my appearance on the MLB Network’s Hot Stove last week. One of the things he discussed was this upcoming music event for charity. Gammons, an avid guitar player, is getting ready for the 16th Theo Epstein […]

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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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(Note: I posted this originally on my blog about Jews and sports, but since it’s based on a fantastic baseball book, I thought it would be appropriate here as well.) And when I say “The Catch,” of course I’m talking about Willie Mays’ iconic grab in Game One of the 1954 World Series against the […]

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A night at the museum?

December 2, 2015 · 0 comments

More like a couple of days. Coming in early 2016, fans can get a unique look at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown with two new “experiences.” The Custom Tour Experience and Collection Care and Conservation Workshop will offer behind-the-scenes access and educational opportunities for Museum visitors in the coming year. Participants will have […]

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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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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Wish I’d had more advance notice on this, but… Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, April 23, for a look at all things baseball. Legendary broadcaster Ed Lucas and his son Chris will discuss their new memoir, Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming […]

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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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Busy, busy, busy

April 7, 2015 · 0 comments

I miss you guys. It’s just been so darned busy around here lately that I haven’t had time to write. The final edits of my new book are due on Friday. I also have to work on a two-minute pitch for the Jewish Book Council which will hopefully generate interest for author appearances at JCCs, […]

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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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