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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

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

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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“Adult” baseball reading

"Oddballs"

When I make my regular Amazon searches, I get annoyed at having to wade through a lot of superfluous material. If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they have a mechanism that will allow me to filter out books targeted towards juvenile readers? That would significantly reduce the time I have […]

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Got to step it up and go

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Because you can put a stopwatch on your bookshelf. The regular season was over but the post-season hadn’t started yet. What to do? I know! Let’s talk about how to speed up the games. That’s appropriate right before you air even longer games, thanks to team introductions (including the trainers) and more elaborate “honoring America” […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, Oct. 3

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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Derek Jeter’s next phase

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I guess the just-retired future Hall of Famer wants to keep busy. Less than a week after appearing in his final game, Jeter announced the launch of The Players’ Tribune  a new website promising to give fans (subscribers?) “a place where pro athletes can “connect directly with our fans, with no filter.” This was a […]

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What becomes a legend most?

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It’s a shame that Derek Jeter’s final days as a Yankee have to be enmeshed in this “debate” over his place in team and MLB history. When I first heard about Keith Olbermann’s “Jeter smackdown,” I thought, “there Keith  goes again, trying to show he’s the smartest guy in the room.” But after listening to […]

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Divine intervention?

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(Because you can put all your Jeter memorabilia on a bookshelf.) Tomorrow is Derek Jeter’s final home game. Tomorrow is the first day of Rosh Hashana. Tomorrow, the weather forecast calls for rain. God is not a Yankees fan. Note: 100% chance of rain… So this begs the question: What will happen? Will the Yankees […]

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Review roundup: Rickey & Robinson

2014 title

Usually when I do these things, there are several titles for consideration. But in this case, there are enough to give Roger Kahn’s latest title its own entry, although very few to date have appeared in mainstream publications. I’m adding my thoughts on some of the reviews, but you will make your of judgments. Here’s […]

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Not on my bookshelf

"Oddballs"

My old friend Steven Rosch posted a link to an SI article about the next big thing in baseball equipment on my Facebook timeline. I know you have to move along with the times, but this, this is an abomination. I understand not all gloves are made of leather; you frequently read about poor  kids […]

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