From the category archives:

Uncategorized

Braggin’ on Bergino

May 5, 2017

Well, perhaps not bragging. That ain’t my style. But I did have a grand old time in my return visit to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, Jay Goldberg, proprietor, to discuss the new book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War. Goldberg is a real friend to the author. He […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

I don’t like Jason Turbow.  Like Jeff Katz and Dan Epstein, he makes me feel old. Used to be that baseball nostalgia was reserved for the Brooklyn Dodgers — “The Boys of Summer” — and the New York Yankees of Mantle, Maris, Ford, and Berra. But thanks to these guys, nostalgia now seems to be […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Now available: At long last I’m happy to announce the official release of my latest book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War. Support your local  local bookstore and tell your friends! Merci. Save Save Save Save

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

One of these days I’ll get to a session of The Great Fenway Park Writers Series. The next one features ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian to discus his newest book, I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love. The program will be held December 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Residence […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Lest we forget: Mabel Bell

November 11, 2016

Mabel Ball, born the year the Cubs had last won the World Series, died Tuesday at Covenant Village of Northbrook.  

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Blogging for a good cause

February 1, 2016

My entry Read All About It: Blogs That Will Keep You Up on Baseball Books runs as part of The Baseball Continuum’s Blogathon For Charity, benefiting the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dozens of bloggers participated in this worthy effort, offering an amazing array of topics from the serious […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Lest we forget

September 11, 2015

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

If you have to ask…

October 28, 2014

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

August 26, 2014

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

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 […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

script type="text/javascript"> var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-5496371-4']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();