Wonder of wonders

"Oddballs"

Not a hard-core comic book guy, so I don’t quite get why there are two new books about the breakthrough DC character — the 75th anniversary doesn’t come for another couple of years –  but in thumbing through Jill Leopre’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, I discovered there was baseball content in the second […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Oct. 31

2013 title

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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Because you can put a finger on your bookshelf

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

What is this, Sons of Anarchy? Former major leaguer-turned-writer Jose Canseco accidentally blew off his middle finger while cleaning a handgun. Naturally, there’s all sorts of early speculation on the severity of the injury. Some source are saying only that he shot himself in the hand, without the particulars. Another book in the future?   […]

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Guest column: Keeping your eyes on the ball.

Equipment

Glasses and goggles have always played an important role in the lives of athletes, especially throughout the history of baseball. Over the years, countless baseball players have increased both skill and sportsmanship with the use of glasses, eventually transitioning into sports goggles. These glasses and goggles changed the way athletes saw the ball and reacted […]

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Class is in session: Marty Appel to teach NYU course on Yankees

2012 title

When 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die came out last year, I had the hopes than in addition to being read just for the sake of reading, it might be incorporated into colleges and high school classes about literature, sports, humanities, etc. I still do and maybe someone out there reading this […]

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You ask, we answer

baseball and religion

In yesterday’s post about “Baseball and books — What’s the connection?”, a reader asked about the painting I used as a graphic element. Here’s what I found out thanks to the good people at lds.org, the website for the Latter Day Saints. Their response to my on-line query: “Young Joseph Fielding Smith Studying the Book […]

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Baseball Game of Thrones

"Oddballs"

Proving that you can connect any two things. Also an older link, which might have been more topical had I posted a month ago, but right now it’s down to Jaime Lanister vs. Bran Stark. This worked out pretty well: GoT has a lot of royalty in it and also a couple of giants. I […]

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If you have to ask…

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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 […]

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National pastime radio

National Public Radio

This was one of the questions on the latest Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: PETER SAGAL: Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week’s news. Amy, sports question for you. For the first time in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series but they almost didn’t […]

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Bits and Pieces, Oct. 24

2013 title

Haven’t done one of these in awhile. Of course, I haven’t done much of anything for awhile what with working on the new non-baseball sports book. So here are a few items from recent weeks. If people knew how Michael Lewis got the inspiration to write Moneyball, I wonder if that would have made a […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Oct. 24

2013 title

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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Extra, Extra: John Rocker being John Rocker

"Oddballs"

Here’s my podcast listening schedule: Monday: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me Tuesday: Extra Hot Great Friday: Pop Culture Happy Hour Wednesday and Thursday are used for whatever other programs are around that I pay attention to depending on the topi (Fresh Air, The Leonard Lopate Show, The Sporkful, The Gist, etc.) One episode of the […]

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Guest column: Baseball apps for the avid supporter

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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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A literary substitute for actually watching this year’s World Series UPDATE

Annoucements

Update: A new title has been added to the mix and new prices are in effect. The changes have been reflected below. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding this year’s World Series match-up is less than a major rush. The folks at MLB and the rest of the media have their work cut […]

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The day the earth didn’t stand still

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Last Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the World Series earthquake in San Fransisco which occurred just minutes before Game One of the face-off between the host Giants and cross-bay Rival Oakland As. And we have not one, but two documentaries to commemorate the occasion. One, The Day The Series Stopped, was produced under ESPN’s […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Oct. 17

2013 title

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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“God and country…”

Author appearance

Although for me, it seems to be “Baseball and Food.” Next to baseball, I like to spend my copious spare time noodling around the kitchen. The Food Network comes in a close second to the MLB Network, et al, when it comes to appointment TV. And after the national pastime, my favorite reading material — […]

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Bergino Baseball Clubhouse hosts “The Mind of Mort Gerberg”

Annoucements

I don’t get to New York City much these days and when I do, it’s usually to attend an event at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. Wish I could get to this one, though. I did a story about Gerberg several years ago when one of his collections came out. Unfortunately, it’s not on the newspaper’s […]

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Back (for the moment)

2015 title

“Been away so long I hardly knew the place,…” Haven’t forgotten my peeps. Just been crazy busy with my new book. Kind of interesting, having had the experience with 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die with it’s bipolarness — highs when the book was doing well and the interviews were frequent, and […]

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World Series special program: Jews and Baseball

2013 title

I know,I know. I have been remiss. Haven’t posted in a while. Just been so busy with the new (non-baseball) book. But I hope to find a few minutes here and there to keep you coming back. So here’s an announcement: the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center, located at One East 65th Street in Manhattan, will […]

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