Baseball Best-Sellers, June 12, 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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Shameless self-promotion: Come say ‘hi’

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If you’re in the area of Paramus, NJ, this Sunday (June 14), drop by the BooksNJ event and say hi. I’ll be on a panel discussing the general topic “Who’s on first? Why baseball hits it out of the park” from 3:20 to 4 p.m., based on my 2013 release 501 Baseball Books Fans Must […]

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Baseball from the cow’s perspective

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Picked up an audio copy of Holy Cow: A Novel by David Duchovny, a kinder, gentler answer to Orwell’s Animal Farm (as opposed to a book about Phil Rizzuto). I won’t go into a whole lot of detail about the overall premise. Suffice it to say it’s told — quite entertainingly — from a the […]

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Now hear this…again and again

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As much as I love listening to interview with authors, it gets to a point where they’re pretty much the same. I don’t know whether that’s a function of publicists sending out “talking points,” ostensibly to make the hosts’ jobs easier. I don’t know if the interviewers actually read all the stuff they get in […]

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That’s nice, but what we really want to know… (Bud Selig memoir)

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According to a story on the Sports Business Daily website, “Recently retired MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has hired Sandy Montag of IMG as his agent to represent him in selling the rights to a book about his life and baseball. Montag will also represent Selig for speaking engagements, consulting and other matters.” I was under […]

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Times for another baseball review

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Crazy how the NY Times posts its stories. A couple of weeks back, I wrote about their lack of baseball book reviews, despite the buzz about some of the bigger titles. So what happens? They published two on-line: Charles Leerhsen’s Ty Cobb  bio and Jon Pessah’s baseball business tome. Except the Leerhsen piece appeared in […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Josh Leventhal

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Who doesn’t like pretty things? Museums, such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, are filled with them. But not everyone can get up to Cooperstown. For them, there are books like A History of Baseball in 100 Objects, by Josh Leventhal. Leventhal — whose previous books on baseball include The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 5, 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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Change for change’s sake? Pass.

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Found this on Facebook this morning via Marc Ernay, sports director at 1010 WINS: In the words of my good friend, Howard Walawitz: What kind of market study did the knobs at MLB.com do to determine that this was cutting edge, that this is what it takes to retain the interest of younger fans? If […]

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Baseball Q&A with John Sexton

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We ran a version of this piece in the May 14 issue of NJ Jewish News prior to the appearance of Sexton, former president of New York University, at a local synagogue: John Sexton, the outgoing president of New York University, can often be seen sporting the baseball cap of his favorite team, the Brooklyn […]

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Corn on the Cobb?

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Full disclosure: I have not finished Charles Leerhsen’s new biography, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty. The book has generally been getting good reviews. I posted a link to the one in the May 31 issue of the NY Times Sunday book supplement which said, among other things, “[I]f Leerhsen is a mostly effective advocate for […]

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Lest we forget: Lennie Merullo

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The last man standing of the last Cubs’ World Series team. Merullo broke in with the Cubs — his only Major League team — in 1941 at the age of 24. In seven season, he compiled a lifetime batting average of .240 in 639 games with eight home runs and 152 RBI. He enjoyed his […]

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“I’m only one man!” (Bookshelf etiquette)

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In the words of that immortal philosopher, Regis Philbin. I have no illusions about the worth of this blog, although it has afforded me perhaps an unmerited reputation as an expert on baseball books. While this is obviously something I enjoy doing — especially the Bookshelf Conversations — as well as getting to meet a […]

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Another Rainy (Baseball) Day in New York City

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With apologies to Chicago (the band, not the city). Feast or famine. Either I never get to Manhattan, or I’m there too much. After commuting from the New jersey suburbs to NYC for more than 15 years, I have to say it’s a culture shock whenever I go back and I’m not thrilled with it. […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Chris Lucas

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This is how I start off my review of Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles, by Ed Lucas and his son, Chris: “These days, the word ‘inspirational’ is tossed around a lot for things that really aren’t. But in the case of Ed Lucas, it somehow […]

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Bookshelf reviews: Pedro Martinez and Jorge Posada memoirs

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At last, The New York Times gets in the game

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Apropos to my remarks in the previous “Best-Seller” post about the lack of baseball book reviews in the Times… For some reason, the paper posts to its website on Friday reviews that will appear in the book supplement a week hence. That is, the reviews below (at least according to the time stamp) will appear […]

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