Book of the Week Contest: Philadelphia’s Top 50 Baseball Players

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All right, so it’s not exactly weekly. So sue me. Congratulations to Patrick M. of Mexico City, winner of Francona: The Red Sox Years. Next up for grabs: Philadelphia’s Top 50 Baseball Players, by Rich Westcott. A reminder of the new rules: This is now a random pick. I didn’t think it was fair for […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, July 7

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Have to rearrange the schedule a bit between last holiday weekend and next weekend’s vacation to California. So… 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, […]

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Re-review: The Last Best League

Anniversaries

This year we mark the 10th anniversary of the release of The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream, by Jim Collins, which takes a sentimental look at life in the Cape Cod League, a high level of amateur ball that uses wooden bats as a precursor to professional ball. TLBL was the […]

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Bits and pieces, July 3 (Update)

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Trying to clear out the old mail box before the holiday: MLB historian John Thorn posted this photo on Facebook of a joint 1969 publication, ostensibly by Pete Rose and Denny McLain: At the time, Rose and McLain were the best in the game. Dayn Perry, author of a couple of baseball books of his […]

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Is Bloodsport this “generation’s” Game of Shadows?

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Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era, by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, is set to come out next Tuesday. Needless to say, it’s already getting some buzz. Unlike books by, say Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera, Mookie Wilson, or even Selena Roberts’ 2009 release, A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, there’s […]

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Lest we forget: Jim Brosnan

History

The former Major League pitcher and the first to adopt the behind-the-scenes memoir as an active player and set the path for future writers such as Jim Bouton, Dirk Hayhurst, and others, died on June 28 at the age of 84. Brosnan, who was 55-47 in nine seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, St. […]

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Lest we forget: Frank Cashen

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The former general manager Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Cashen, who was hugely successful with both franchises, was scheduled to release a new memoir, Winning in Both Leagues: Reflections from Baseball’s Front Office, in September. Richard Goldstein wrote the obituary for The New York Times. Be […]

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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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