Baseball Best-Sellers, Oct. 3

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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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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

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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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Baseball best-sellers, Sept. 19

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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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It’s a short, short time from April to September

Because I can...

What? The season is almost over? Where did the time go? Went to the Mets-Marlins game last night. Pretty depressing. The announced attendance was 23,892, or 57 percent of capacity. Seemed like whole sections were empty.  With just three home games left, against the Houston Astros over the last weekend of the season, doesn’t look […]

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Judging a book by its cover: The NaturalUpdate

Baseball art

Last month, I heard a  fascinating episode of The Leonard Lopate Show about what we “see” when we read. The guest was Peter Mendelsund, whose primary occupation is that of a book cover designer. You can listen to the segment here: August was a busy month for Mendelsund. Not only did he publish the aforementioned […]

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What will not be at the Hall of Fame Film Festival

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Just found out about 108 Stitches on a Facebook post. I could have done without it. When Roger Clemens blurbs the movie with “If Animal House, Bull Durham and Major League had a threesome, 108 Stitches would be its kid,” you know you’re looking at real art. Of course, that’s assuming that Clemens really did […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Graig Kreindler

Artist profile

Once in a while it’s good to remember that the Baseball Bookshelf is not just about books, but about movies, magazines, collectibles, and illustrations, all of which can also find a spot there on. So here’s baseball artist Graig Kreindler, whom I first “met” seven years ago when I did a profile on him for […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Sept. 12

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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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Lights, Camera, Action: Hall hosts 9th Baseball Film Festival

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Here’s the dope on the upcoming film festival hosted at the Baseball Hall of Fame from Sept. 19-21. The following events all take place in the Grandstand Theater. Blurbs come from the Hall of Fame press release. Following a reception at 5 p.m., The festival gets under way with an introductory discussion and opening film– […]

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How is reading box scores is like eating corn on the cob?

Baseball Statistical Theory

Because some people eat across while others “rotate.” I host a blog about Jews and sports as part of my day job as sports editor for the NJ Jewish News. One of the daily routines is to scan the box scores to see how the Jewish ballplayers fared, but obviously you can do this for […]

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“Reality” TV

"Oddballs"

Is something I’ve never been into. I find very little “real” about it. And I don’t mean to keep on picking on Brandon Steiner (see here and here), but I accidentally came on his eponymous SNY show, The Hookup with Brandon Steiner, last night. I say “accidentally” because my on-air TV guide said it was […]

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Kids, do NOT try this at home

"Oddballs"

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A night at the museum: Graig Kreindler

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I don’t need an excuse to visit the Yogi Berra Museum. For one thing, it’s almost a Roberto Clemente throw from my house. For another, they always have great events with interesting guests. (The only problem is parking. Hey, Dave Kaplan, work on that, okay?) Last night the Museum hosted an opening reception for “The […]

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I’ll buy that for a dollar

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Not bloody likely if you’re talking about the (gold)keystone combination of Derek Jeter and Brandon Steiner. Last week I gave some heat to this memorabilia stupidity. I guess if Steiner can find some fans who don’t know what to do with their money and are willing to part with it for Jeter tchotchkes, more power […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Nicholas Dawidoff

Author profile/interview by Ron Kaplan

Nicholas Dawidoff has pretty much done it all when it comes to non-fiction writing: memoir, biography, anthology. And done it all well. The Flyswatter, a sentimental recollection of his grandfather, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.  His first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, is considered the […]

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Bits and pieces, Sept. 5

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Vince McKee will discuss his book,  Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake, at the  Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood, Ohio, on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Another author(s) appearance: Springfield (Mass.)’s Bring It Home baseball committee will feature local writers Richard Andersen and Marty Dobrow in an Authors Night presentation on Sunday, Sept. […]

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