An unexpected source: The Atlantic

History

I was listening to a Leonard Lopate interview with Greg Proops, a comic featured on the popular TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway, host of The Smartest Man in the World podcast, and, most recently, author of The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of […]

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Bits and pieces, May 5

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone. Trying clear out the old new links box (as opposed to the old old links I post on Thursdays now). ‘Tis the season when reviews, excerpts, lists, and author appearance are sprouting like flowers. * From Men’s Journal, this list of “The 10 Baseball Books Every Fan Should Read.” (Hmm, […]

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That’s so sweet

Video

There’s a cute little three-part video on Youtube titled “When Giants Fan Met Dodgers Fan.’” The premise is a blind date that starts off great, until the two participants realize they each hate the other’s favorite team. They spend the whole time arguing about the merits of their respective teams But here’s the pertinent clip […]

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Bookshelf mini-review: A History of Baseball in 100 Objects

19th century baseball

Just finished thumbing through A History of Baseball in 100 Objects, the latest baseball release by Josh Leventhal, author of several other well-produced baseball titles. The objects included herein represent the game since before its “formal” recognized inception in the mid 1800s (and please don’t write about the exact DOB of the game). But the […]

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A 30-in-30 review

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(As opposed to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series). Once again, Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News has done a great service to the baseball reading community with his annual 30-books-in-30-days series on his “Farther off the Wall” blog. I advise going deep into each piece because Hoffarth offers interesting links among his DVD-type “extras.” […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Me

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Been a bit slow lately in the conversation portion of our program, so I’m cheating a bit and posting this conversation I had as a guest of Ralph Tyko on his podcast, “In the Zone.” Honored to be included among such previous guests, Marty  Appel, Peter Golenbock, and Matthew Silverman, among others. You can hear […]

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Baseball best-sellers, May 1, 2015

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NEW STUFF: 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… […]

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Throwback Thursday (Massive links dump, continued)

"Annuals"

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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Saturday at the movies

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Some of you might be old enough to remember a time when for one admission at the movie theater, you got a double feature, a cartoon, and maybe a short subject. Welcome back. This week I finally had a chance to watch No No: A Dockumentary, about the life and wild times of Dock Ellis, […]

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Another three hours of my life I’ll never get back

Because I can...

Haven’t been keeping up lately because I had to read a non-baseball sports book for review. That’ll teach me. Out of respect for the book, which was assigned to me by a publication I will similarly not name, let’s just say it falls into this category. To make matters worse, I did not do due […]

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Ain’t misbehavin’

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“No one to talk with, all by myself…” Didn’t post a Bookshelf Conversation last week, and won’t have one this week either. That’s a shame because I enjoy a good chat with creative people, getting to know what their process is, how they go to this point in their work, etc. As a sneak preview, […]

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Baseball best-sellers, April 24, 2015

"Annuals"

NEW STUFF: 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… […]

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A-Rod who?

Baseball records

As in  “What would (Brandon) Steiner do?” Pardon the Interruption has a regular feature in which the co-hosts discuss whether an event or story if “Something or nothing.” That’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw a front-page story in today’s New York Times titled “Alex Rodriguez’s Quest Is Going, Going … […]

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Throwback Thursday (Massive links dump, continued)

"Oddballs"

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. As a reminder, I highly recommend Pocket as a way to hold onto links you come that you want to keep. Unlike bookmarks, […]

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Lest we forget: Stan Hochman

Lest We Forget

The veteran sportswriter for the Philadelphia Daily News for more than 50 years passed away on April 9 at the age of 86. A “celebration of life” service was held on April 12 at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. I met Hochman in 2012 at a Jewish baseball retreat in Connecticut. He […]

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Coming around again

"Oddballs"

Came across this from The Wall Street Journal via a Facebook post: Here’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around What does it mean to “bat around” in baseball? Is it the situation when nine batters come to the plate in one inning? Or is it 10? At first I thought it was so simple. Has […]

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Author appearance: Gelf’s Varsity Letters

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Wish I’d had more advance notice on this, but… Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, April 23, for a look at all things baseball. Legendary broadcaster Ed Lucas and his son Chris will discuss their new memoir, Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming […]

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National Pastime Radio: Dick Flavin on Wait Wait

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The “poet laureate”/PA announcer for the Red Sox was the guest for the “Not My Job” segment of last week’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, which was broadcast from the Wang Theater in the City Performing Arts Center in Boston. You can read the transcript or listen to Flavin — along with host Peter Sagal, […]

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One suggestion on how to pick of the pace…

Because I can...

Pursuant to the previous piece re: Paul Auster’s suggestions on how to shorten the games, I offer this reboot of the seventh-inning stretch “anthem”: Take me out Buy me some peanuts. I don’t care. Let us root root for the laundry; If they don’t win, meh. For it’s two strikes, you’re out. The end. (Time […]

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Oh, sure, blame the intellectuals.

"Oddballs"

When the baseball purists start calling for the heads of those who would buck tradition in finding ways to speed up the game, they might start with author Paul Auster. Auster came up with brilliant idea of two strikes and you’re out and three balls, take your base. The former is strictly two strikes, by […]

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