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Baseball program

A chance to look over the overlooked. * Not exactly “Throwback Thursday,” but this piece on the Peoria Journal Star website is an appreciation for The Bronx Zoo, published by relief pitcher Sparky Lyle (then with the NY Yankees) and Peter Golenbock. * And another one from PJS about Double Play, a memoir written by […]

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As in Extra Hot Great, one of my favorite podcasts. While listening to EHG on my way to work this morning, I learned that Sarah D. Bunting (Bunting!), one of the regular hosts, was absent because she was delivering a paper at baseball conference. I did a quick search and deduced it was this one: […]

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The Yogi Berra Museum and Education Center on the campus of Montclair State University is holding a fun and potentially profitable event on Saturday: America’s Roadshow: Memorabilia Appraisal Event Wondering what an old baseball card or autograph or your other memorabilia is worth? Check out America’s Roadshow at the Museum on Sat. April 5 from […]

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Brought to you as a public service announcement on Behalf of the Baseball Reliquery: In conjunction with its current exhibition at the Arcadia Public Library, “Purpose Pitch: Ben Sakoguchi and the Baseball Reliquary,” the Baseball Reliquary will host a panel discussion on Los Angeles baseball history on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at […]

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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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From the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion: Jon Leonoudakis is at the Nine Conference in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve never been to one of these but hope to go some day. In the meantime, according to this picture he posted in Facebook, I’m represented. A reminder: If you’d like an autographed bookplate and/or checklist for your copy […]

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The women’s game

March 11, 2014 · 0 comments

A few items of interest regarding women and baseball: Caryn Rose will celebrate the release of her novel “A Whole New Ballgame” with an all-female talk on all things baseball at Word bookstore in Brooklyn on March 12. Author Joan Walsh (S”), and bloggers Taryn Cooper (A Gal for All Seasons), Amanda Rykoff (Awful Announcing), […]

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It’s a hard-knock life for many of the young men in the Dominican Republic aspiring to become major leaguers. Baseball fans have long known about the economic and social discrepancies between American-born athletes and their Latin American counterparts, especially when it comes to signing bonuses. Sometimes it’s even more nefarious. Look it’s a business, we […]

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The author of Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of 23 Players, will be the featured speaker for a program on “Jews in Baseball” at The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan, on Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. For information, call 212-674-5750.

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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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Bits and pieces, Feb. 7

February 7, 2014 · 0 comments

“Roy Berger, a baseball aficionado since his childhood days growing up in New York, has written a humorous and popular first person look at the world of fantasy baseball camps, The Most Wonderful Week of the Year.” Now I realize this piece comes from a marketing company, but I’m still looking forward to reading it […]

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Editor’s Note: Not exclusively baseball, but pertinent enough to include here. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Program and six host locations in New Jersey, welcomes the newest Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, to the Garden State in 2014. What […]

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Research bonanza

February 7, 2014 · 0 comments

From Andy Strasberg, via Facebook: Here’s a baseball scoop for fans that live in the San Diego area. Baseball historian and statistician, Bill Weiss of Northern California has donated his massive baseball research material and books to the San Diego Baseball Research Center located on the 8th floor of the new San Diego Central Library. […]

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Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb by Herschel Cobb, has been chosen as winner of the 2013 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year by Spitball Magazine. From the Spitball post: The searing, sometimes horrifying, story about how Ty Cobb rescued his grandson from Herschel’s abusive father becomes in […]

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It’s a bit too pricey for me, but I’m sure some of you out there can spring for it. Here’s a four-day trip to Cooperstown during next year’s Induction Week July 31- Aug. 3), with all the fixin’s, starting at $4,390. Bear in mind the candidates for induction include a number of high profile names […]

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* Lindsey Berra, Yogi’s granddaughter, posted this piece on Allen Barra‘s Mays/Mantle bio on MLB.com. * Speaking of Yogi, this hyper-local site in the Seattle area wants to recommend his book (co-authored with Dave Kaplan), When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It. * The Thousand Oaks Library (Calif.) will feature Chad […]

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Note: This entry is a combination of the official press release sent by the Hall of Fame and my comments/edits. With the release of Legendary Entertainment’s landmark film 42 this spring, the worlds of movies and baseball came together for fans across the globe. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the […]

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The Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby, OH, will host Baseball as Art: A Negro League Retrospective through Aug. 29. From ShelbyStar.com: The Arts Council is hosting the exhibit in conjunction with the American Legion World Series Tournament. This exhibit features six diverse artists that share a love of baseball and the […]

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Feast or famine. I can go for weeks without posting any new material but in the past week I’ve had the very good fortunate to speak with three extremely talented artists: Eric Rolfe Greenberg, author of The Celebrant, which is considered one of the best baseball novels by just about every outlet who decides these […]

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