From the category archives:

Because I can…

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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This magic moment

June 29, 2015 · 0 comments

Allow me to wax nostalgic for a moment. This entry represents post number Looking back, I’m amazed and grateful for a number of things the Bookshelf has brought over the years: the chance to read a lot, of course; recognition (exaggerated) as an expert on the topic; access to the numerous creative folks who have […]

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Moving on

June 26, 2015 · 1 comment

Not to be maudlin or anything, but I’ve decided to get rid of the vast majority of my baseball library now, rather than leave it for my family when the time comes. It will be refreshing to have all that additional space and maybe free up the attic to me more of a man cave […]

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It goes without saying that baseball is one of the more literate and literary sports. But to gauge the “education” of teams’ fans by the comments they leave on websites or via social media is a bit silly. I don’t mean to indict an entire generation, but texting, IMs, and emails have reached a point […]

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In the words of that immortal philosopher, Regis Philbin. I have no illusions about the worth of this blog, although it has afforded me perhaps an unmerited reputation as an expert on baseball books. While this is obviously something I enjoy doing — especially the Bookshelf Conversations — as well as getting to meet a […]

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WTF is up with that new and very creepy KFC commercial starring the resurrected Col. Sanders? “…Because if there’s two things I’m certain of, it’s that baseball will always be America’s number one sport, free from corruption, scandal, and cheating of any kind. And two, the summer meal featuring my Kentucky Fried Chicken tastes better […]

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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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But I’ve often felt that a fair number of these “literary” book reviews were semi-incestuous. That is, the authors travel in a lot of the same circles, went to the same schools, know the same people. It frequently struck me as a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”  quid pro quo kind of thing. […]

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Haven’t been keeping up lately because I had to read a non-baseball sports book for review. That’ll teach me. Out of respect for the book, which was assigned to me by a publication I will similarly not name, let’s just say it falls into this category. To make matters worse, I did not do due […]

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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. As a reminder, I highly recommend Pocket as a way to hold onto links you come that you want to keep. Unlike bookmarks, […]

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Coming around again

April 21, 2015 · 0 comments

Came across this from The Wall Street Journal via a Facebook post: Here’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around What does it mean to “bat around” in baseball? Is it the situation when nine batters come to the plate in one inning? Or is it 10? At first I thought it was so simple. Has […]

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Pursuant to the previous piece re: Paul Auster’s suggestions on how to shorten the games, I offer this reboot of the seventh-inning stretch “anthem”: Take me out Buy me some peanuts. I don’t care. Let us root root for the laundry; If they don’t win, meh. For it’s two strikes, you’re out. The end. (Time […]

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When the baseball purists start calling for the heads of those who would buck tradition in finding ways to speed up the game, they might start with author Paul Auster. Auster came up with brilliant idea of two strikes and you’re out and three balls, take your base. The former is strictly two strikes, by […]

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Paying it forward

April 14, 2015 · 0 comments

A few weeks ago, I published a Q&A with Matt Nadel, the 16-year-old blogger and author of Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers. So I got this brilliant of idea of killing two birds with one stone: cleaning up and “investing” in the future of baseball scholarship. I’ve been trying to cull the herd of my […]

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Truth in advertising

April 2, 2015 · 0 comments

Okay, it’s not actually advertising, but The Player’s Tribune, an on-line “magazine’ founded by the recently-retired Derek Jeter, has come under some scrutiny lately. TPT purports to “publish first-person stories directly from the athletes” (emphasis added). Maybe there’s a difference of opinion on the definition of “directly.” Richard Sandomir, the New York Times’ sports media […]

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This is the time of year when preseason predictions are all the rage. You can pretty much find them anywhere — ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo sports, etc., not to mention the gazillions of fantasy sites. I’ve maintained the problem with such prognostications is they are prepared in/for a vacuum, a situation where everything goes according […]

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Bob, a distant relative of my wife, passed away recently. He lived in Hoboken with his wife, who died several years ago. I didn’t know him well. He was a very quiet fellow who kept to himself during the biennial family reunions. I can’t even recall his last name on my own. It turns out […]

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A shande (Yiddish for “a shame”). Of course, everyone knows Nimoy, who grew up in a observant Jewish home in the Boston area, as Mr. Spock. But one of his earliest appearances came in an uncredited role in the 1951 baseball feature film. Rhubarb. Pay careful attention at the 2:08 mark.     But perhaps […]

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Bruce Nash, co-author of the Baseball Hall of Shamebook series, contributed this piece to the Huffington Post. While I agree with most of his issues, I would add a few items, including: The music that many teams feel they have to constantly blast, lest the fans enjoy a quiet moment. The inability to purchase a […]

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