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Whoda thunk it? But according to this piece –“Baseball Meets Horror” — by Bruce Markusen in the “Cooperstown Confidential” portion of The Hardball Times, yep.  

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Honored to be the “closer” for The National Pastime Museum’s series on “The Baseball Book That Changed My Life” with an essay on The Tao of Baseball. Following up on what I wrote last week, it’s flattering to be in a lineup with such a great group of folks who discussed their most influential baseball […]

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A new favorite

December 22, 2015

One of my new favorite sites is Sportsblibio.com, a site run by Wendy Parker, a veteran sportswriter, previously with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The site is “devoted to books and book reviews, journalism and literature, history and culture about the world of sports,” according to its mission statement. A site like this considers more than just […]

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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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Vaya con dios, old friends

October 19, 2015

Spent the weekend packing up dozens of boxes of baseball books from the attic and basement. The majority went to Gregg K., who drove up from Pennsylvania yesterday morning with his very understanding wife, Brina. Good thing their pickup truck had a back seat. Another five boxes — mostly of Yankees books — went to […]

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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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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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Thanks a hundred thousand

October 22, 2013 · 1 comment

One day, God willing, it’ll be “a million.” But in the meantime, after a complicated determination process, it has been decided that Dennis Anderson of Dunlap, Illinois, was the 100,000th visitor to my Baseball Bookshelf. His reward? A signed copy of 501. Bound to be worth thousands of pennies a century from now. I asked […]

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Program reminders

December 6, 2012

Tonight 7 p.nm. at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, Ray Negron will discuss his new book, Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. I’ll have to read that one soon and compare it with Marty Appel’s Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Reggie and George. Next at the Clubhouse: […]

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Simpsons at the bat

November 26, 2012

Ninety Feet of Perfection posted this entry about all the Major leaguers who have appeared on The Simpsons. The classic, of course, is the first one — Homer at the bat — which features Don Mattingly, Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, and Mike Scioscia. But other […]

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Bits and pieces

November 7, 2012

♦  I’m including this piece just because I find it amusing. I hope the Brits don’t get all their baseball info like this. ♦  Who says fiction about the national pastime has to be confined to literature? Here’s a case of fictitious baseball merchandise. ♦  Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A […]

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Bits and pieces

October 23, 2012

A semi-occasional attempt to catch up on various items of literary (and other) interest. ♦  Keith Eggener published this nicely-illustrated piece on “The Demolition and Afterlife of Baltimore Memorial Stadium” on designobserver.com. I love finding baseball items from sources that are about as far away from baseball as you can get. ♦  As mentioned in […]

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But will it work for Gil Hodges? In 2010, Danny Peary and Tom Clavin collaborated on Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero. In conversations, Peary made no bones about his desire to see Maris inducted into the Hall of Fame. Is this becoming a cause celebre for the writing team? Their newest project is Gil Hodges: […]

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Bits and pieces, March 19

March 19, 2012

Alex Belth, author of Stepping Up: The Story of All-Star Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights and Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories: Unforgettable Tales from the House That Ruth Built, conducted this in-depth interview with Rob Fleder, editor of the new collection of essays, Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s […]

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Shame, Shame, Shame

December 20, 2011

The Classic, a new outlet for quality sports items (what Grantland was supposed to be, according to their original mission statement), is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites and will continue to be as long as they keep posting stuff like this: An appreciation for the three volume The Baseball Hall of Shame, by […]

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Jane Leavy, author of biographies on Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax, published this piece about Julia Ruth Stevens — Babe Ruth’s daughter —  on the Grantland website.

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Jeff Gillenkirk, author of the novel Home, Away about a baseball star dad who puts everything on the line to raise his son, expands on some of those lessons in a new, non-fictional blog, Dads at Bat (“Thoughts about fatherhood, baseball and the American family”).

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I was super-psyched when I heard about this new website — under the aegis of ESPN — that would feature some of my favorite writers opining on all sorts of sports topics and issues (man does not live by baseball alone). Goodness knows there was enough pre-release hype. Sadly, from what I’ve seen so far, […]

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