501 redux

2013 title

Haven’t seen these kinds of numbers from Amazon in a long time. Must have sold another three copies. (Sorry; click image to enlarge.) Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Busy, busy, busy

2015 title

I miss you guys. It’s just been so darned busy around here lately that I haven’t had time to write. The final edits of my new book are due on Friday. I also have to work on a two-minute pitch for the Jewish Book Council which will hopefully generate interest for author appearances at JCCs, […]

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Truth in advertising

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

Okay, it’s not actually advertising, but The Player’s Tribune, an on-line “magazine’ founded by the recently-retired Derek Jeter, has come under some scrutiny lately. TPT purports to “publish first-person stories directly from the athletes” (emphasis added). Maybe there’s a difference of opinion on the definition of “directly.” Richard Sandomir, the New York Times’ sports media […]

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Happy (?) Anniversary

2014 title

Author John Rosengren sent this out to the members of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. I’m guessing he’d have no problem of me presenting it to you loyal readers as well. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous brawl between Juan Marichal and John Roseboro.  You no doubt have seen the […]

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In the spirit of the day…

"Oddballs"

“The Curious Case of Sidd Finch” — ostensibly a feature article by George Plimpton –  was the cover story for the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated. Of course, we all know now (spoiler alert) it was an elaborate hoax. Over the year’s, the myth has be debunked several times, including in the pages […]

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The annual Baseball Preview review

"Annuals"

Been waiting to get the Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview Issue before posting this. Today’s the day so… There was an interesting conversation in the Facebook baseball book group. One gent wanted a recommendation for a good book about baseball stats. A book! Didn’t want a website! Old school. That got us thinking: the beauty of […]

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Shamless self-promotion

2015 title

Haven’t been keeping track. I was asked by a contributor to Forbes Magazine for recommendations in the area of books about the business of baseball, past, present, and even future. Here’s the result. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Phil Pepe

2015 title

Veteran sports journalist Phil Pepe wants you to know his newest book is not a memoir. His philosophy is that most people don’t care about the writer, how he got his job, the day-to-day doings of the craft. I disagree, but that’s just me. Pepe, who recently turned 80, has been covering baseball since the […]

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Bits and pieces, March 27, 2015

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Author appearances: Just in time for the May 21 opening of the St. Paul Saints’ CHS Field, Stew Thornley is launching his new book, The St. Paul Saints: Baseball in the Capital City, at 7 p.m. April 1 at SubText bookstore, at Selby and Western avenues in St. Paul. He will also talk about his […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, March 27, 2015

"Annuals"

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. So without further ado, here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Speaking of the Expos…

2014 title

That’s what Jonah Keri, author of Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, will be doing in a book tour that will see him in Montreal, Toronto, and Pembrooke, the last of which will take […]

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Forbes‘ annual baseball issue

2015 title

Forbes Magazine looks at baseball from a mostly financial point of view. Although I haven’t seen a stand-alone print edition for many years, they bstill do an above-average job of covering the game for a non-sports publication. Among the preview/review articles recently posted: MLB Worth $36B As Team Values Hit Record $1.2B Average The best […]

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The second time around: The Hidden Game of Baseball

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Just received the revised edition of The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics by John Thorn and Pete Palmer. Quite looking forward to it after I finish several New York-centric books for a feature for Bookreporter.com. (The original edition is included in 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Barbara Gregorich

Author profile/interview by Ron Kaplan

In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to pay tribute to that demographic of fans and athletes and could think of no one better than Barbara Gregorich to weigh in on the topic. Gregorich is the author of Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball (which is included in 501 Baseball Books […]

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Your version, my version, and the truth

2013 title

Over the past few years, I have become extremely interested in the subject of memory. There have been many theories about exactly what memory is, but the most prevalent seems to be that it fades over time, and even that the more you try to remember, the less accurate it becomes, like making photo copies […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, March 20, 2015

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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. So without further ado, here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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MLB saves some trees

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

I still have a few of these hanging around the house. MLB has decided to eliminate the paper ballots available at ballparks (and retail outlets? Have they still been doing that over the past few years?) and have fans vote for their favorite All Stars via electronic devices. Perhaps they were worried about hanging chads? […]

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I will be brief: A quick look at e-books samples

2015 title

Submitted for your interest from another semi-regular scan of new titles. It may seem unfair, but I do tend to judge e-books by their cover, especially when they are offered only in that format. It’s an indication of the time and effort the author/publisher puts into the project. Similarly, I’m basing my opinions strictly on […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Walter Friedman

2014 title

There are a handful of publishing houses that are known for their baseball titles. A few that come to mind immediately are Triumph, University of Nebraska Press, and McFarland. But none of these are exclusively engaged in baseball. Summer Game Books, a New Jersey enterprise founded by Walter Friedman, is such an outfit. In addition […]

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Bits and pieces, March 16

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Curt Smith, author of several fine volumes about baseball broadcasters and broadcasting, offers this nostalgic essay on “Spring training: Baseball’s Brigadoon” in the Irondequoit Post. Publishers Weekly published their annual list of new baseball topics. Unfortunately, it’s only available to subscribers. I’ll see if I can find an end-around at some point. “Spring inevitably means […]

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