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"Oddballs"

Me neither. (Because you can put classic comics on your bookshelf.) Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Too long to wait for new POTY book

Baseball and pop culture

Maybe I should make it “2L2W,” along the lines of W2W4 (what to watch for, for the uncool out there). After reading his spot-on critique of the Sunday ESPN Game of the Week between the Mets and Nationals in today’s New York Times, I exchanged a few emails with sports media columnist Richard Sandomir. During […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Filip Bondy

2015 title

My New Jersey landsman and veteran sportswriter Filip Bondy has crafted a fun volume on one of the most famous games in the history of the national pastime. Whenever there’s a baseball show featuring a compilation of clips, there’s a good chance you’ll find the July 24, 1983 contest between the New York Yankees and […]

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Bookshelf Review: The Pine Tar Game

2015 title

by Filip Bondy. As posted on Bookreporter.com.   Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Baseball Best-Sellers, July 31, 2015

2014 title

NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Timing is everything, Alex Trebeck

"Oddballs"

Twice this week, the national pastime was part of the unofficial national quiz show. On Wednesday, the topic was teams that had never won the World Series (although perhaps it was teams that had never been in the Series; I should have kept track). One of the answers was wrong at the time of airing, […]

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Throwback Thursday (aka, massive links dump, continued)

2010 title

Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Got to roll with it, baby

2015 title

Came across this Rolling Stone interview with Joe Pepitone from our friend Dan Epsietin. Pepi’s memoir, Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a reissue from Skyhorse Press (the same publisher as my Maccabiah book; just sayin’). Can it really be that long ago? I remember that as one […]

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National Pastime Radio: Going to Kansas City

2015 title

I love it when worlds collide, that is when two or more of my favorite things meet. In this case, I’m talking about the July 17 edition of the Pop Culture Happy Hour, one of my go-to podcasts. It’s what I always listen to on my way home from work on Fridays (on my way […]

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Looking for baseball in all the wrong places

2015 title

I picked up a couple of books at the library recently and, lo and behold, found some baseball in ’em. 100 of the Worst Ideas in History, by Michael Smith and Eric Kasum, includes three items on the national pastime in the chapter “Stupidity at a Major League Level.” Each contains the following: “The genius […]

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So which project is Will Ferrell promoting this time?

"Oddballs"

Look, I’m no one to complain. I’ve had my share of shameless self-promoting. But come on, when Will Ferrell pulled off his spring training stunt of playing 10 positions for 10 teams in one day, you had to know that something was up. Sure, this gig ostensibly raised money for caner awareness. But it also […]

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Bookshelf review: When the Yankees Were on the Fritz

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Revisiting the “Horace Clarke Era,” by Fritz Peterson. CreateSpace, 254 pages, $19.99. Timing is everything and relatively speaking, Fritz Peterson didn’t have it. He came along when the New York Yankees were in decline after so many successful campaigns. And while the left-handed starter had a decent career, one wonders what might have been had […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Fritz Peterson

2009 title

This is how I remember Fritz Peterson. A smiling, happy-go-lucky ballplayer. And why not? When this Topps card came out, he had just finished a successful rookie year for the New York Yankees, finishing 12-11 with a 3.31 ERA and allowing just 196 hits in 215 innings. Unfortunately, the good times were few and far […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, July 24, 1015

2014 title

NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Throwback Thursday, July 23, 2015: The “X” edition

"Oddballs"

I was doing an on-line search for baseball book art to incorporate into a screen-saver slide show and came across an image that looked a bit odd and familiar. Sure enough, it was not an baseball cover but a faux cover included in one of a very entertaining series of entries by Jim Baker, a […]

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Bits and pieces, July 21, 2015

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Rob Neyer occasionally posts “book club” entries as part of his Just a  Bit Outside site. This one was put up shortly after the passing of Alison Gordon, a sportswriter who covered the Toronto Blue Jays and chronicled the experience in her book Foul Ball!: Five Years in the American League. This piece from BaseballEssential […]

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Baseball books, the next wave.

2015 title

There are basically three time periods during which baseball books are released: around opening day (the largest number), around the All-Star break, and once more around World Series time. One thing I learned is that most books have a limited shelf life, literally. There’s only so much space at bookstores and new material comes in […]

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Casting Call: Luckiest Man

baseball movies

Happy to hear the news that Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, by Jonathan Eig, will be turned into a feature movie. From the New York Post of July 17: George Steinbrenner’s grandson, Robert Molloy, will be part of a program Friday on the grounds of the former Yankee Stadium. Molloy is […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, July 17, 2015

2014 title

NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Documentaries, present and future

2015 title

Grantland recently aired Spyball, one of those 30 for 30 short documentaries produced by the folks at ESPN. Spyball is the story of Moe Berg, one of the most interesting characters to play in the Majors. A very quick recap of Berg’s career: He was a brilliant scholar, linguist, lawyer, etc., as well as mediocre […]

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