It’s a short, short time from April to September

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What? The season is almost over? Where did the time go? Went to the Mets-Marlins game last night. Pretty depressing. The announced attendance was 23,892, or 57 percent of capacity. Seemed like whole sections were empty.  With just three home games left, against the Houston Astros over the last weekend of the season, doesn’t look […]

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Judging a book by its cover: The NaturalUpdate

Baseball art

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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What will not be at the Hall of Fame Film Festival

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Just found out about 108 Stitches on a Facebook post. I could have done without it. When Roger Clemens blurbs the movie with “If Animal House, Bull Durham and Major League had a threesome, 108 Stitches would be its kid,” you know you’re looking at real art. Of course, that’s assuming that Clemens really did […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Graig Kreindler

Artist profile

Once in a while it’s good to remember that the Baseball Bookshelf is not just about books, but about movies, magazines, collectibles, and illustrations, all of which can also find a spot there on. So here’s baseball artist Graig Kreindler, whom I first “met” seven years ago when I did a profile on him for […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Sept. 12

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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. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Lights, Camera, Action: Hall hosts 9th Baseball Film Festival

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Here’s the dope on the upcoming film festival hosted at the Baseball Hall of Fame from Sept. 19-21. The following events all take place in the Grandstand Theater. Blurbs come from the Hall of Fame press release. Following a reception at 5 p.m., The festival gets under way with an introductory discussion and opening film– […]

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How is reading box scores is like eating corn on the cob?

Baseball Statistical Theory

Because some people eat across while others “rotate.” I host a blog about Jews and sports as part of my day job as sports editor for the NJ Jewish News. One of the daily routines is to scan the box scores to see how the Jewish ballplayers fared, but obviously you can do this for […]

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“Reality” TV

"Oddballs"

Is something I’ve never been into. I find very little “real” about it. And I don’t mean to keep on picking on Brandon Steiner (see here and here), but I accidentally came on his eponymous SNY show, The Hookup with Brandon Steiner, last night. I say “accidentally” because my on-air TV guide said it was […]

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Kids, do NOT try this at home

"Oddballs"

Leave it to the professionals. Post by MLB. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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A night at the museum: Graig Kreindler

Artist profile

I don’t need an excuse to visit the Yogi Berra Museum. For one thing, it’s almost a Roberto Clemente throw from my house. For another, they always have great events with interesting guests. (The only problem is parking. Hey, Dave Kaplan, work on that, okay?) Last night the Museum hosted an opening reception for “The […]

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I’ll buy that for a dollar

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Not bloody likely if you’re talking about the (gold)keystone combination of Derek Jeter and Brandon Steiner. Last week I gave some heat to this memorabilia stupidity. I guess if Steiner can find some fans who don’t know what to do with their money and are willing to part with it for Jeter tchotchkes, more power […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Nicholas Dawidoff

Author profile/interview by Ron Kaplan

Nicholas Dawidoff has pretty much done it all when it comes to non-fiction writing: memoir, biography, anthology. And done it all well. The Flyswatter, a sentimental recollection of his grandfather, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.  His first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, is considered the […]

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Bits and pieces, Sept. 5

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Vince McKee will discuss his book,  Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake, at the  Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood, Ohio, on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Another author(s) appearance: Springfield (Mass.)’s Bring It Home baseball committee will feature local writers Richard Andersen and Marty Dobrow in an Authors Night presentation on Sunday, Sept. […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Sept. 5

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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. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Sy Berger: Still the Topps

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Sports Collectors Digest ran a nice profile on the “father of the modern baseball card,” who recently turned 91. A few years ago, Topps, seeking to nudge their way into relevance again, produced a number of videos about their work. Here’s one on Berger: Speaking of collectibles, the Miami Marlins have a Bobblehead Museum at […]

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How much is enough? (or “Enough is enough”)

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

Because you can put all this Derek Jeter memorabilia on your bookshelf… Yesterday I came across this piece on ESPN: “Yankees to wear Derek Jeter patch.” There was a lot of social media chatter about the appropriateness of this gesture. Sports fans debated whether an active player should be honored like this. Such tributes usually […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Josh Ostergaard

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Jealousy reared its ugly head once again when I saw the full-page review of  Josh Ostergaard‘s The Devil’s Snake Curve in The New York Times‘ Sunday book supplement in June. It brought back memories of Chad Harbach’s 2011 debut novel, The Art of Fielding, which garnered him tremendous kudos, not to mention a huge advance. (The […]

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It’s a mystery to me, sort of

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Recently read T.T. Monday’s The Setup Man: A Novel. While I found it a page-turner, it reinforced why I don’t like mysteries. I’m not a student of literature. I have no creative writing or fine arts degree. (There are no initials after my name.)  I have great respect for good writers of the genre; they […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 29

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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. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Happy anniversary, Moe Berg

Author appearance

Where does the time go? The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg — the definitive biography of one of game’s true characters – with a program featuring author Nicholas Dawidoff on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Dawidoff’s other books include, […]

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