Lest we forget: Robin Williams (Updated)

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Robin Williams died Monday, in an apparent case of suicide. The outpouring of grief and condolences would probably still be going on if not for the short attention span of an entertainment-gobbling public that has diverted their thoughts to yesterday’s passing of movie icon Lauren Bacall. To be honest, I found Williams a kind of […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jason Kendall

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This is a typical Jason Kendall photo. It is a picture of intensity and passion. There are a few books out there, ostensibly written by pro athletes describing how to play the game. Joe DiMaggio published one (Baseball for Everyone), so did Bob Feller (Pitching to Win). But those were just white bread, without nuance, […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 8

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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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Calling all (baseball) moviemakers: Hall of Fame to host ninth Film Festival

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the ninth consecutive year, it hosts the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Sept. 19-21. Filmmakers can submit their work to be considered for the Festival through Friday, Sept. 5. Films can be of any length and […]

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Author appearance: Kerry Yo Nakagawa

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Kerry Yo Nakagawa, author of Japanese American Baseball in California, will discuss and sign copies of his book on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Street near First Street in Los Angeles, Calif. Nakagawa published Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American […]

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Because you can put this on the wall right next to your bookshelf

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Truth be told, as I get older (and poorer), I find I no longer crave every baseball item that comes out, so I’ll probably tale a pass here. Nevertheless, this two-foot by three-foot poster from Pop Chart Lab featuring 121 hand-drawn uniforms, ranging from 1869 to the current season, looks spiffy. You can see a […]

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Book of the week contest: Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love

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Congratulations to Tim. N. of Fair Oaks,Calif., winner of the tenth anniversary edition of The Last Best League, by Jim Collins. Next up: Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love by C. David Heymann. Here’s my review from Bookreporter.com. A couple of things I neglected to mention in the piece: Notice the cover. The photo conveys […]

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Bookshelf review: Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love

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My take on the recent “biography” by the late C. David Heymann, via Bookreporter.com. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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National Pastime Radio:Wait Wait on the future of baseball

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Listening to the podcast of Wait Wait Don’t Tell me is a staple of my Monday morning commute. I always pay attention, but even more so when baseball is included in the conversation. From the latest show’s “Bluff the Listener” segment: Announcer Bill KURTIS: Taking baseball into the future. Host Peter SAGAL: Americans started playing […]

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McFarland announces Fall titles

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Any serious scholar of the game knows the work McFarland does in bringing eclectic material to the bookshelf. This fall’s line-up includes: A Calculus of Color: The Integration of Baseball’s American League, by Robert Kuhn McGregor Understanding Baseball: A Textbook, edited by Trey Strecker, et al The Negro Southern League:  A Baseball History, 1920-1951, by […]

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WTW4 this fall

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Publishers Weekly came out with their fall preview issue. Not exactly sure how this works, but there are two lists, One is included in this overview by Jonathan Segura. The other makes note of 18 purported baseball titles. I say “purported” because the uncredited piece includes 50 Greatest Players in New York Giants Football History. […]

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Angell angles

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More articles have come out lately in praise of Roger Angell, who received the Spink Award for baseball writing last weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Tom Verducci, senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated had this to say. Is Verducci the “heir apparent” for Angell? Remember, Angell has been writing about the game since […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 1

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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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Was he or wasn’t he?

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Kids, ask your parents. Because you can put all these news reports on your bookshelf. Either David price was traded to the Detroit Tigers or he wasn’t. Yahoo Sports reports that he wasn’t, that it was hoax that fooled even the MLB Network. The “time stamp” on the “retraction” attributed to ken Rosenthal MLB piece […]

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Red Sox get Lost (Update)

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Lost. The iconic program earned extra credit for me by including baseball in its canon: And here: Happy anniversary, Lost! Update: It appears, once again, my math is off. I was basing this entry on a […]

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Cooperstown Connection: Opera and Baseball

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The Inductions may be over, but the fun is just beginning. From the Hall of Fame: Baseball and opera intersect annually in Cooperstown with The Glimmerglass Festival and the Baseball Hall of Fame both drawing thousands of fans to Central New York. Emmy Award-winner Mark Schubin will discuss the connection between the two beloved institutions […]

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As far as I’m concerned, baseball writers can never get enough accolades

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“They come and they go…. I’ll be around here longer than you or anybody else here. I’m here to protect this game. I do it by making or breaking the likes of you. And after today whether you’re a goat or a hero, you’re gonna make me a great story.” Max Mercy, in The Natural […]

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National Pastime Radio

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Among the other things I’ve neglected to post recently was the cornucopia of recent NPR programs featuring baseball, in one form or another. On All-Star Game Tuesday (July 15) Leonard Lopate interviewed Ken Griffey Sr., author of Big Red: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine You can listen to that segment […]

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Roger Kahn for the Hall of Fame?

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The author of this Huffington Post piece makes a compelling argument. Most latter-day fans of Kahn know him from his nostalgic look at The Boys of Summer, which — hard to believe — was published more than 40 years ago. But he was also a beat writer for those Brooklyn Dodgers, as well as a […]

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