Baseball Best-Sellers, July 10, 2015

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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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Book pitches WW2 as lasting part of Hank Greenberg’s legacy

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Submitted for your interest, this feature by Jacob Kamaras at JNS.org on John Klima’slatest baseball book, The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII. * * * Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season […]

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Because Alex Rodriguez can (finally) put this on his bookshelf

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Or his daughters’, as he claims. “Ballhawk” Zack Hample has agreed to give the 3,000-hit ball to the Yankees’ DH. In the case of two wrongs not making a right, I was always in Rodriguez’s corner when it came to being paid for achieving milestones. No one held a gun to the Yankees when they […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, July 3, 2015

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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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Throwback Thursday (aka, massive links dump, continued)

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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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This magic moment

Because I can...

Allow me to wax nostalgic for a moment. This entry represents post number Looking back, I’m amazed and grateful for a number of things the Bookshelf has brought over the years: the chance to read a lot, of course; recognition (exaggerated) as an expert on the topic; access to the numerous creative folks who have […]

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Moving on

Because I can...

Not to be maudlin or anything, but I’ve decided to get rid of the vast majority of my baseball library now, rather than leave it for my family when the time comes. It will be refreshing to have all that additional space and maybe free up the attic to me more of a man cave […]

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They can’t all be gems

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Editor’s note: This twist on the popular theme of favorite baseball books comes from the Facebook Baseball Book group. A lot of interesting and surprising choices here. Different strokes for different folks. Because I don’t want the risk of lawsuits (or bodily harm), I have removed the identities of the commenters and have edited it […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 26, 2015

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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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Bookshelf Conversations: But wait, there’s more

Author profile/interview by Ron Kaplan

Further investigation uncovered another handful of unlisted chats… Glenn Stout Dave Jamieson Roy Berger Josh Perelman Joe Schuster Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Bookshelf Conversations: The Lost Tapes

Author profile/interview by Ron Kaplan

I was going through some old iTunes files and was startled to see how many Bookshelf Conversations — in their various iterations –  I’ve conducted over the years. It goes way beyond the oldest interview (George Vecsey) posted on the sidebar. I’m amazed and grateful that these people took the time to chat with me, […]

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Bits and Pieces, June 25, 2015

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Another in a series of feeble attempts to catch up on older items. You will forgive the possible occasional duplication from previous entries. First off, well, this is kind of insulting to baseball and books. * Ed Lucas received a lot of attention for his recent memoir, and rightly so. I had a great conversation […]

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Catch a falling All-Star

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

A lot of pundits and fans have been alternately making fun of and expressing outrage over the MLB All-Star voting mechanism that had members of the Kansas City Royals ranking first for eight of nine position players (including the DH, which has no “position” other than in the batting order). It’s currently down to only […]

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Can I haz baseball gramerburger?

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It goes without saying that baseball is one of the more literate and literary sports. But to gauge the “education” of teams’ fans by the comments they leave on websites or via social media is a bit silly. I don’t mean to indict an entire generation, but texting, IMs, and emails have reached a point […]

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National Pastime Radio: It must be important; I heard it on Wait Wait

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You know a current event has gravitas when a pop culture entity like The Daily Show or Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me includes it in its weekly program. WWDTM referred to the recent computer hacking “scandal” by the St. Louis Cardinals in their most recent episode: PETER SAGAL: All right, here, sir, is your last […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Brad Balukjian

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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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The face looks familiar (Alex Rodriguez’s home run)

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I tuned into the Yankee game on Friday just as Alex Rodriguez was coming to bat, looking for his 3,000th hit. Timing is everything: ARod launched a home run for the milestone. It was the third time a player hit a home run for the magic number, including former teammate Derek Jeter. The difference is […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 19, 2015

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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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Throwback Thursday (aka, massive links dump, continued)

2012 title

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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Bookshelf Review: Mashi

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Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer by Robert Fitts. University of Nebraska Press. 256 Pages, $28.95. Fitts — whose previous books on the game in the Land of the Rising Sun include Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball (2008) and the award-winning Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, […]

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