From the category archives:

Because I can…

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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Back in business

July 22, 2014 · 0 comments

As Douglas MacArthur once said, “I have returned.” Visiting the San Francisco area for vacation was relaxing, apart from driving on California 1… Fortunately, we were going north, so oncoming traffic was on the left and inland was on the right. If we had been going south it would have been oncoming on the left […]

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I am working on a “Bookshelf Conversation” podcast with Heather Quinlan, producer of a new documentary about the 1986 New York Mets. Quinlan is trying to raise $50,000 for her project via Kickstarter. (There are similar sites , but who has time to go through them all? Perhaps this will motivate you to investigate further.) […]

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Trying to clear out the old mail box before the holiday: MLB historian John Thorn posted this photo on Facebook of a joint 1969 publication, ostensibly by Pete Rose and Denny McLain: At the time, Rose and McLain were the best in the game. Dayn Perry, author of a couple of baseball books of his […]

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Two Steve Travers titles — The 1969 Miracle Mets: The Improbable Story of the World’s Greatest Underdog Team and A Tale Of Three Cities: New York, L.A. and San Francisco in October of ‘62 — are currently available at no charge in various e-reader formats on Smashwords.  

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Baseball books. ’nuff said.  

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Big surprise: baseball games take longer than they used to. The Mets played three straight “overtimers” that went into extra innings against the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. The NY Times included this item (—>) comparing the trio of contests to the last time this occurred, in 1975 against the Chicago Cubs: Note that the first […]

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To: NY Times book section editors RE: Selections of sports books reviewed I guess technically this is still basketball season, what with the playoffs and all. But really, does any other sport begin with the poetry that heralds the beginning of the new baseball campaign? It may be cliched to say, but it is s […]

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And it’s even literary, technically.              

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My daughter, Rachel, a photography major at NYU’s Tisch School, has been taking commencement pictures for the university’s newspaper since she was a freshman. She particularly likes doing the all-school program held at Yankee Stadium. But I don’t think any of the previous ceremonies thrilled her more than yesterday when future Hall of Famer Mariano […]

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Also Time(s)ly

April 27, 2014 · 0 comments

Mookie Wilson has a new book coming out, so… Mookie Wilson on Life After the Mets

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Coincidence?

April 27, 2014 · 0 comments

Over the past several days I’ve posted twice about Lou Gehrig, including his role inn the B-western film Rawhide. So what was in yesterday’s NY Times? When the Iron Horse (Almost) Played Tarzan

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While looking through the NY Times Sunday book section, I found this essay, “Which Books From Your Past Do You Read Now With Ambivalence?” To be honest, I didn’t read it. Who has time? But it does raise an interesting question which I put to you, but regarding baseball titles. Some people have gone back […]

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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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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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In these times of e-publishing, the old saw, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” might no longer be valid. Oftentimes if you see an e-book with a nondescript cover, it’s a pretty good indicator of what lies within its “pages.” More traditionally, reviewers receive galleys or ARCs — advance reading copies — sent […]

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

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Recently, my Facebook friend Jeff Pearlman, author of the new Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, posted this on his blog, reprinted in full: Writing books is what I love to do. I’m not just saying this. It’s my true passion; something that brings me happiness for 1,001 […]

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