The Bookshelf Conversation: Jonah Keri

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Few things bring a smile to my face more than memories of Montreal. My maternal family hails from that city and I spent many happy times there, including five summers working at Camp Maromac in the Laurentian Mountains. So it’s only natural I would become a fan of the Montreal Expos. And disappointed when they […]

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And I thought those camouflage uniforms were bad

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I understand that MLB wants to honor the members of our armed forces and I’m all for it, even if the cynical side of me thinks this is just about piece of merchandise to market. (I believe the profits from those sales should go to military support organizations.) But in all honesty, I think they’re […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 22

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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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“Run away! Run away!”

Because I can...

That’s my advice to any athlete approached by Sports Illustrated for a cover story. Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher for the Mid-Atlantic/ Philadelphia entry at the Little League World Series, has been all the buzz lately, thanks to her dazzling success and poise. Well, that streak ran out last night as her team was defeated […]

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“Not great, Bob!”

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What kind of a world are we living in where my BFF Bob Costas gets a mulligan after a botched ceremonial first pitch? It seems rank has its privileges. You know his coworkers at the MLB Network will be getting a bit of mileage out of this. And it’s not like it was even that […]

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A little bit high

"Oddballs"

Either I’m more sensitive to it or it’s just my imagination (running away with me). There have been, of late, a common theme in baseball novels, especially self-published: substance abuse, whether alcohol or PED. Just this year we have: High and Inside, by Russell Rowland Catching Lightning Without the Bottle, by Timothy F. Bouvine Nine […]

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Slow news day?

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I guess as the season goes on and the team in question is not doing particularly well, sportswriters and broadcasters have to look for ways to appear fresh. Is this the best you can do? Follow some anonymous reliever (with all dues respects) as he makes the courageous journey to the ball park on — […]

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Catching the elusive foul ball: There’s an app for that?

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Apparently so. Seems to take some of the spontaneity out of it, no? Wonder what Zack Hample thinks of this. He’s made a career of collecting — and writing about — the fine art of nailing these treasures. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Lee Judge

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Last week, I spoke with Jason Kendall, the former major league veteran and co-author of  the new book, Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played. This week, we have his collaborator, Lee Judge, who blogs about the KC Royals for the Kansas City Star, but is perhaps more widely recognized as […]

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Judging a book by its cover

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I would probably not be reading this 2003 release anyway, so the cover wouldn’t be a make-or-break issue. But with all due respect to the publisher, designer, and author, this is a strange deal. Composition: Is this a photograph or an illustration? It certainly looks “layered,” like the body is superimposed on the background, at […]

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Bits and pieces, Aug. 15

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As work on the new book about the Maccabiah Games becomes more urgent, I find I have less time to keep up with the latest baseball books news. Apologies. I guess the good part about the project is that it will be done before the time spring training — and the release of of new […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 15

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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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Blood donation = free admission to Hall of Fame

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Brought to you as a public service announcement: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host a blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross in conjunction with Bassett Healthcare, on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cooper Park adjacent to the Hall of Fame in a Red Cross […]

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Because you can put Pop-Tarts on your bookshelf

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Got it. Got it. Need it. But really, it’s not like opening a pack of baseball cards; you can’t keep Pop-Tarts that long after tearing the foil. Now Twinkies in their clear plastic wrap… Twinkies last for-ev-er.  Put logos on those bad boys. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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“Kick” me update: Heather Quinlan’s ’86 Mets project

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With eight days to go, Heather Quinlan’s Kickstarter project is less than $10,000 short of the $50K goal. Make it happen, people! Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Lest we forget: Lauren Bacall

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The movie icon passed away yesterday at 89. There’s not much of a baseball connection here, although I did find this: Would love to know the backstory here: what were the circumstances in which she came to sign a baseball? Anyway, as of this posting, the ball is selling on Amazon for $1,299. Of course, […]

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Lest we forget: Robin Williams (Updated)

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Robin Williams died Monday, in an apparent case of suicide. The outpouring of grief and condolences would probably still be going on if not for the short attention span of an entertainment-gobbling public that has diverted their thoughts to yesterday’s passing of movie icon Lauren Bacall. To be honest, I found Williams a kind of […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jason Kendall

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This is a typical Jason Kendall photo. It is a picture of intensity and passion. There are a few books out there, ostensibly written by pro athletes describing how to play the game. Joe DiMaggio published one (Baseball for Everyone), so did Bob Feller (Pitching to Win). But those were just white bread, without nuance, […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 8

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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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Calling all (baseball) moviemakers: Hall of Fame to host ninth Film Festival

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the ninth consecutive year, it hosts the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Sept. 19-21. Filmmakers can submit their work to be considered for the Festival through Friday, Sept. 5. Films can be of any length and […]

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