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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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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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Catching up on Tom Hoffarth’s “30/30″ feature: Day 12: The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age, by Robert Weintraub Day 13: Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend, by Gerald C. Wood Day 14: Keepers Of The Game: When The Baseball Beat was the […]

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Only a Game featured Filip Bondy on it’s most recent show on which he discussed his new book, Who’s on Worst?: The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History. You can listen to the segment here. It was on that show I discovered OAG host Bill Littlefield had interviewed W.P. […]

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Literary birthday greeting: 1949 – Jules Tygiel, author Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy Past Time: Baseball As History Jackie Robinson and His Legacy Extra Bases – Reflections on Jackie Robinson, Race, & Baseball History Also on this date: 1981 – The Chicago White Sox sign prized free agent catcher Carlton Fisk. The […]

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The Hall of Fame manager of the Baltimore Orioles during their greatest years, died Saturday while on a fantasy cruise sponsored by the team. he was 82. It’s kind of sad that he passed away the same day as Stan Musial; he should have received a day all of his own for people to pay […]

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There must be something in that. Came across two in the last couple of days. Just like many web-presences, many of these things are hit-or-miss (swung on and missed?), here today gone later today. Some, like this one,  are merely suggestions by writers/bloggers with none of the back-and-forth discussion of a real BC. The Baseball […]

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New Year’s resolution

December 28, 2012 · 0 comments

One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, the topics on which are pretty self-explanatory. Last week’s episode took up the issue of “stuff.” It’s amazing the things we keep that have no value — earthly or un- — to anyone, including the owner. Does anyone still need a college paper written […]

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A 501 update

December 26, 2012 · 0 comments

This wait is killing me. Not much to do until the publisher — who is enjoying a well-deserved holiday — returns and starts arranging interviews and sends out review copies, etc. So I’ve been ordering new business cards, post cards, and very “limited-edition” 501 merch, more as souvenirs for the family than any kind of […]

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