Times reviewer’s disdain for baseball is ‘unnatural’

2014 title

Last month I received a copy of Chasing Dreams, the companion volume to the baseball exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Thumbing through it, I found this  portrait of Bernard Malamud, author of The Natural, one of the highest regarded baseball novels of all time. A few days afterwards, the cover story […]

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More fun opening day items

2014 title

Nate Silver recently began his 538.com site under the aegis of ESPN. One would hope that he and his minions will produce a lot of smart sports (i.e., baseball) stuff. Obviously a site dedicated to projections and predictions has a lot of math to it. Ugh.But you have to take the “bad” with the good. […]

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Two nice Jewish boys talking baseball

2014 title

Save the date for this event with Jeff Polman and Dan Epstein. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Here we go again: 30-in-30

"Annuals"

Once again, Tom Hoffarth, media columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, is doing his 30 baseball books in 30 days feature. First up: Mover and Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion by my old SABR pal, Andy McCue. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Baseball: The Presidents’ Game, addenda

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

Looks like Paul Dickson and Bill Mead (who turns 80 today; Happy Birthday, sir!) will have to update their old title. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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"Annuals"

One of the things I used to love about the Sunday before the season started was the wealth of baseball supplements in the newspapers. Sadly, that’s no longer the case, given what’s been going on in the industry over the past several years. And, as I’ve grown older and more crotchety, I find I’m not […]

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The Book of the Week contest: Long Shot

2013 title

First of all, congratulations to Ken W. of Charlotte, NC, winner of last week’s book, You Gotta Have Balls, by Brandon Steiner.  Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is the paperback edition of Long Shot, by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler. Here’s my review of the book, which appeared on Bookreporter.com. A […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: John Feinstein

2014 title

John Feinstein is one of the more prolific sportswriters of this generation. He has published more than 25 books on college  and pro basketball, college and pro football, tennis, golf, and, of course, baseball. His 2008 title, Living on the Black, a doubleheader of a biography on Mike Mussina and Tom Glavine, pitchers on the […]

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Classic title

Yesterday, I posted a question to the Baseball Books group on Facebook. If you could have dinner with any four authors who have written about baseball — not strictly baseball authors — at the same table, who would they be? My choices: Roger Angell, David Halberstam, Lawrence Ritter, and Bernard Malamud. Of course, four is […]

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Timing is everything. Then again…

2013 title

It’s that time of year when publications — both print and on-line — put out their lists of hot new baseball titles, either from a staff writer or guest contributor. One of the reasons publishers get their lists out so far in advance is that the general media (i.e., not the sports sections) “celebrates” the […]

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Three wise men: Rosengren, Kennedy, Keri

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Seems most of the buzz lately is about Kostya Kennedy’s Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, John Rosengrens’s Marichal-Roseboro book, The Fight of Their Lives, and Jonah Keri’s Up, Up, and Away, the new history about  the Montreal Expos. Rosengren From Mike Bauman/MLB.com: “Book tells of redemption for Marichal, Roseboro“ This one from Allen Barra will […]

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Baseball program — Turning Back the Clock: Baseball in Los Angeles

Author appearance

Brought to you as a public service announcement on Behalf of the Baseball Reliquery: In conjunction with its current exhibition at the Arcadia Public Library, “Purpose Pitch: Ben Sakoguchi and the Baseball Reliquary,” the Baseball Reliquary will host a panel discussion on Los Angeles baseball history on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at […]

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Every picture tells a story, don’t it?

2013 title

Brad Mangin, who published a collection of his Baseball Instagrams last year, has a new slideshow of some of his 2014 spring training work on the Sports Illustrated site. Here’s my conversation with Mangin, conducted last September, about his somewhat unorthodox approach. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Bienvenue, Mets

Business of baseball

Because I have such an affinity for Montreal, the ancestral home of my mother’s side of the family, I enjoy anything that has to do with the Expos. I don’t care what anyone says, I loved Jarry Park, which, not unlike Ebbets Field was to some Brooklyn Dodger fans, was walking distance from my aunt’s […]

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The Book of the Week contest: You Gotta Have Balls

2012 title

First of all, congratulations to Jim M. of Austin, Texas, winner of last week’s book, A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters & the Battle for the 1897 Pennant, by Bill Felber. Thank you all for your comments. In an attempt to encourage even more commenting, and brighten up your week when you need […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Kostya Kennedy

2014 title

Another book about Pete Rose? Seems more books have been published about (and by) the dishonored all-time hit leader than anyone except Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson. But as Kostya Kennedy explained in our recent conversation, the job of the writer is to find something new to say or say in […]

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It’s not what you say, but the way you say it

2014 title

I’ll be writing a deeper compare/contrast entry about the baseball previews for Sports Illustrated vs. ESPN The Magazine when the former comes out (received the latter earlier this week), but in the meantime… The ESPN publication produces a podcast in which an editor and writer chat a story in a given edition. In the current […]

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Baseball best-sellers, March 21, 2014

2014 title

As of this writing, according to Amazon.com’s rankings, these are the top baseball best-sellers. Still fiddling with the format of the list, whether to have just paper versions, or separate paper and kindle editions, or just have 2014 titles… Any thoughts? (and this counts towards the book giveaway contest, too): Where Nobody Knows Your Name: […]

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The Book of the Week Contest: A Game of Brawl

2007 title

First of all, congratulations to Keith S. of Columbia, Tennessee, winner of last week’s book, They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived, by Doug Harvey and Peter Golenbock.  Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters & the Battle for the 1897 […]

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An embarrassment of riches

2014 title

All of these came in this week from my “alma mater,” the University of Nebraska Press. So many books, so little time.     Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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