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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Wonder if there will be a new bio if he ever gets inducted into the real Hall of Fame? After all, it was only a year ago that Robert Burk published Marvin Miller, Baseball Revolutionary. Anyway, from the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (of which I am a life-member): IBWAA VETS COMMITTEE SELECTS MARVIN […]

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Lest we forget

September 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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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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I usually speak to my guests after they’ve completed their project, so this is a bit of a departure. It’s good to shake things up once in awhile. By the time you read this, Brad Balukjian, PhD, will be on a cross-country trek in preparation for his new book about a single pack of baseball […]

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If you have to ask…

October 28, 2014 · 0 comments

Still trying to catch up on some older links, but this one in particular caught my attention. Nick Taylor, who blogs about books on the Palo Alto online site, asks “Baseball and books — What’s the connection?” [W]hy do readers prefer baseball? It’s not a rhetorical question. I really don’t understand. It might have to […]

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Keeping inundated with all the breaking news in baseball can be hard going sometimes, especially if you source information from multiple websites. That’s why for efficiency purposes many fans are now relying on custom-built apps to get their daily fix of baseball gossip, results, or just simply general news. Sifting through a multitude of downloadable […]

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Last month, I heard a  fascinating episode of The Leonard Lopate Show about what we “see” when we read. The guest was Peter Mendelsund, whose primary occupation is that of a book cover designer. You can listen to the segment here: August was a busy month for Mendelsund. Not only did he publish the aforementioned […]

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August 26, 2014 · 0 comments

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Baseball bookseller Bobby Plapinger is offering a special 10 percent discount for readers of this blog. Plapinger is a bit old-school; he doesn’t really have a web presence. But if you email him at baseballbooks@opendoor.com, he’ll send you a PDF of his catalog. Order $25 or more and get free shipping, too. You must mention […]

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Because you can keep your smart phone on a bookshelf. For those who absolutely need to be as up-to-date as possible when it comes to the status of possible no-hitters, apparently there’s an app for that. I’ve got problems right off the bat (as it were) as the developer opens the site with “Never miss […]

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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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Let the death watch begin, metaphorically speaking. Derek Jeter announced that 2014 will be his last season. Not totally surprising that he did it, but it was the manner in which he did that I found odd. Rather than have a press conference, managed by the Yankees, he posted it on Facebook. So when I […]

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There was a self-help book that came out awhile back called Eat the Frog. Don’t know where it came from since I never read this type of literature (not that there’s anything wrong with it). The premise is, you get the tough stuff out of the way first and the rest is easy-peasy. I guess […]

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3…2…1…

September 26, 2013 · 0 comments

As of this second there are 999,997 hits on the blog. I’m asking anyone who visits in the next half-hour or so to send me an email.    

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Score!

September 3, 2013 · 0 comments

Been a rash of stories about scoring recently. The keeping thereof, rather than the plating of runs in a game (or pitching woo). Last week, there was this ESPN piece by Jim Caple, a slideshow of scorecards, and this entry from Eephus League based on the ESPN story,   (not to mention this fictitious rambling […]

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For all the great programs the Bergino Baseball Clubouse sponsors and hosts, it’s nice to see Jay Goldberg’s labor of love get some swell-deserved recognition, as in this piece from The Wall Street Journal in July. Goldberg has opened his “home” to countless authors and artists to basically chew the fat in a relaxed atmosphere […]

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Taking some time off for a little family vacation, so not sure how much access/time I’ll have for blogging over the next week or so. In the meantime,

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With the All-Star Game and consequent Fan Fest about to take place in New York, it looks like I picked the wrong week to go on vacation… Zack Hample, author of How to Snag Major League Baseballs: More Than 100 Tested Tips That Really Work (as well as Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan’s Guide […]

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“Writing Baseball,” a multimedia exhibit based on the writings and collections Dr. Harvey Frommer, will be on display from June 17-July 31 at Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library. The exhibit will center on three themes: “Old Time Baseball,”  “Red Sox vs. Yankees,” and “Breaking Baseball’s Color Line,” all of which will be evoked through Frommer’s writings, photographs, […]

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