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The Passover holidays have played havoc with my schedule, so there’s a lot to catch up on. First off, can you remember those Bicentennial Minutes that CBS used to broadcast in the months leading up to the big celebration? Well, Dan Epstein, author of the new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial […]

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The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way. Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work. Caveat 3: […]

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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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The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way. Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work. Caveat 3: […]

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Forty years. It’s been four decades — the amount of time the Children of Israel were wandering through the desert — sine Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. And there are more than a few fans who believe he still holds that record, Barry Bonds be damned. As Aaron was approaching the […]

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First of all, congratulations to Bob W. of Chantilly, VA, winner of last week’s book, Long Shot, by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler. Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is the brand-spankin’ new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and American in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 by Dan Epstein. A reminder about the […]

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As of the end of the 2013 season, Jewish athletes had accounted for about 170 of nearly 19,000 Major Leaguers. So you wouldn’t expect the new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia to have the breadth of material one would see in Cooperstown. Nevertheless, […]

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The latest Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me ran the gamut from all-Jewish (Peter Sagal) to half-Jewish (“Not My Job” guest Amy Schumer to not-Jewish-at-all-but-thought-to-be baseball barnstorming team House of David. Here’s the relevant portion of the transcript. PETER SAGAL: Amy Schumer, it is a real pleasure to talk to you. And we have invited you […]

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Once again, Tom Hoffarth, media columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, is doing his 30 baseball books in 30 days feature. First up: Mover and Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion by my old SABR pal, Andy McCue.

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Looks like Paul Dickson and Bill Mead (who turns 80 today; Happy Birthday, sir!) will have to update their old title.

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Yesterday, I posted a question to the Baseball Books group on Facebook. If you could have dinner with any four authors who have written about baseball — not strictly baseball authors — at the same table, who would they be? My choices: Roger Angell, David Halberstam, Lawrence Ritter, and Bernard Malamud. Of course, four is […]

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Seems most of the buzz lately is about Kostya Kennedy’s Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, John Rosengrens’s Marichal-Roseboro book, The Fight of Their Lives, and Jonah Keri’s Up, Up, and Away, the new history about  the Montreal Expos. Rosengren From Mike Bauman/MLB.com: “Book tells of redemption for Marichal, Roseboro“ This one from Allen Barra will […]

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As of this writing, according to Amazon.com’s rankings, these are the top baseball best-sellers. Still fiddling with the format of the list, whether to have just paper versions, or separate paper and kindle editions, or just have 2014 titles… Any thoughts? (and this counts towards the book giveaway contest, too): Where Nobody Knows Your Name: […]

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First of all, congratulations to Keith S. of Columbia, Tennessee, winner of last week’s book, They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived, by Doug Harvey and Peter Golenbock.  Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters & the Battle for the 1897 […]

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All of these came in this week from my “alma mater,” the University of Nebraska Press. So many books, so little time.    

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You don’t have to be a SABR member to enjoy The Emerald Guide to Baseball 2014. That is, if you’re willing to access the 600-plus page PDF version. Otherwise you’ll have to pay for the printed edition, which comes out around opening day. According to the page at the SABR site, The 2014 edition of […]

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To be a bit harsh, most of the free baseball books I’ve come across for the Kindle are pretty, well, poor. But as of this writing, baseball historian Lee Allen‘s 1950 100 Years of Baseball is available for free.

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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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They’re starting to come in hot and heavy. Witness: John Rosengren, author of the The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption, was arecent guest on WBUR’s Only a Game. OAG‘s host, Bill Littlefield included it in a trio of books […]

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The Negro League umpire turned author celebrates the big 9-1 today.

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