Well it’s about Times (Update)

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It took almost half the baseball season, but The New York Times finally published a couple of baseball reviews in its Sunday book section. And the honors go to: The Devil’s Snake Curve, by Josh Ostergaard A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will Both titles get the full-page treatment, which […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jayson Stark

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Jayson Stark, the long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, is a senior writer for ESPN.com. In addition to his writing, he appears on radio and television, including SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight, and a weekly segment during baseball season with WHB 810 in Kansas City. He is another in a pool of veteran scribes who has […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 27

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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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Using social media’s power for good

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Like any tool, social media can be a force for good if used properly. Case in point, it’s allowed me to “meet” some really cool people, including Dan Epstein, whose book tour for Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 brought him to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse last night. I […]

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Bergino Baseball Clubhouse holds benefit for Photo ID Foundation

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Brought to you as a public service announcement on behalf of the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse: Baseball Storytelling returns to the Clubhouse Thursday, July 17 @ 7 PM “Baseball As Good Medicine: The Amazing, Magical, Mysterious Healing Qualities of Baseball” A competitive storytelling event to benefit the Photo ID Foundation The Photo ID Foundation is an […]

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Writing about writing: Herschel Cobb

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If you’ve been a reader of this blog for awhile you know I’m all about the process. I love back-story and deconstruction. I want to know, like any reader, how authors come up with ideas, who their inspirations were. So it was with a sense of serendipity that I came across this yesterday at my […]

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Sorry to miss this one

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But I have a softball playoff game scheduled for tonight. And sorry for the late posting, but if you’re in NYC tonight, The Museum of the City of New York is hosting… New Yorkers and Baseball: A Book Talk Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 pm Join noted authors and baseball fans George Vecsey, Kevin Baker, […]

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Study time: Fans & Social Media Equity.

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The Emory Sports Marketing Analytics program (their motto: “Bringing Analytics to Sports Marketing.” Well, duh.) recently published the first of a multi-part study of how fans perceive their teams, sort of an :If you sell it, will they buy” exercise. Who are the best fan bases in Major League Baseball?  A quick Google search of […]

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On the horizon…

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Made one of my occasional visits to Amazon for the purpose of seeing what new and exciting baseball titles or coming in the next several months. Here’s a sampling of some, excluding, as usual –  although with one major exception — books for younger readers. In nor particular order… * Baseball Explained. Phillip Mahoney, McFarland, […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 20

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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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Book of the Week Contest: Francona: The Red Sox Years

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Congratulations to Sasha G. of Cooperstown, NY, winner of Claudia Williams’ Ted Williams, My Father: A Memoir. Just an an aside, Sasha runs Extra Innings, a baseball memorabilia shop across the street from the Hall of Fame. By the way, I picked up a copy of Frozen: A True Story — My Journey into the […]

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Now hear this

Audio

For a limited time, you can get a three-month subscription to Audible.com’s “gold plan” for $5.95, plus tax. Sine you get one book month under this plan, that works out to about $2 per title for some great “readening” (reading + listening). Here’s a link to the roughly 200 baseball titles currently available on the […]

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Bits and pieces, June 19

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You gotta give credit to some authors. All authors, actually, but some more. For a writer to take a subject like Boots Poffenberger, a pitcher who appeared in just 57 games over and three-year Major League career which ended before he was 25, and turn it into a full-blown biography is an accomplishment. Here’s a […]

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Authors Series programs bring latest baseball stories to Cooperstown

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From the Baseball Hall of Fame: The story of baseball is told every day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. But this summer, some of the latest unique and inspirational stories of the National Pastime will be celebrated through the Museum’s Authors Series program. The Hall of Fame will host 11 Authors […]

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Ron Kaplan, The Collected Works

Review by Ron Kaplan

Hmm, seems more pretentious now that I see it. I’ve been contributing to Bookreporter.com for nigh on to 15 year now. Not surprisingly, about half of the reviews have been about baseball. Since I love to play around with computer programs and technologies, I created a PDF of as many of those baseball pieces I […]

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Lest we forget: Tony Gwynn

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Waaay too early. A damn shame, but perhaps also a lesson. Books by and about the Hall of Famer include: The Art of Hitting Tony! Tony Gwynn’s Total Baseball Player Gwynn was also a major component of George F. Will’s Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball. My mind may be playing tricks on me, […]

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Someone didn’t do his homework…

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The New York Times publishes what I would call a commentary piece/short feature (as opposed to the regular sports news) in its Sunday edition. That’s where I found this piece by John Oudens on “A Baseball Binge Woven From Dreams.” Basically, we’re talking about visiting five ballparks in five days, something many fans would love […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Hal Bodley

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One of my favorite movie quotes comes from Men in Black when Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is trying to convince police officer Edwards (Will Smith) to join the elite extraterrestrial monitoring organization: Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth […]

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A nice little surprise for Father’s Day.

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From Ed Lucas in the Jersey Journal in a piece about what to get the baseball-loving dad in your life: Dad also had a passion for baseball. Luckily, there were — and still are now — hundreds of books released every year covering the subject. And 2014 is no exception. Ron Kaplan’s “501 Baseball Books […]

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Hall of Fame joins Google Cultural Institute

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is connecting with the Google Cultural Institute to make highlighted exhibits and an interior interactive view of the Museum accessible to baseball lovers worldwide. The Hall of Fame’s Cultural Institute presence consists of two digital exhibits and indoor Street View imagery. The first exhibit, Picturing America’s Pastime, […]

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