Sarah D. Bunting: Movie “Extra”

"Oddballs"

As in Extra Hot Great, one of my favorite podcasts. While listening to EHG on my way to work this morning, I learned that Sarah D. Bunting (Bunting!), one of the regular hosts, was absent because she was delivering a paper at baseball conference. I did a quick search and deduced it was this one: […]

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Lots of things for your bookshelf…

"Oddballs"

But how sad is this: The Newark Bears Professional Baseball team and its concessions company are hosting a liquidation sale and auction at 10am on April 26, 2014. Location: Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102 Business and personal items will be available for purchase.  There will be items offered through set pricing as […]

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Happy Anniversary, Hank

History

Forty years. It’s been four decades — the amount of time the Children of Israel were wandering through the desert — sine Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. And there are more than a few fans who believe he still holds that record, Barry Bonds be damned. As Aaron was approaching the […]

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Comparing baseball previews: Sports Illustrated vs. ESPN The Magazine

"Annuals"

Welcome back, boys and girls. It’s time for that annual exercise in which we compare the Big Two: Sports Illustrated vs. ESPN the Magazine to see how the baseball previews compare. On the one hand, it can’t be too easy to keep coming up with new ideas for the issue. You profile the new hot […]

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Happy anniversary, Major League

Baseball and popular culture

For some reason, it seems a lot longer than 25 years since Major League hits the screen. Must be the clothes. To be honest, this was never one of my favorites. I found the characters a bit too cartoonish, especially coming after the more realistic Bull Durham. Although the phrase “Juuuust a bit outside” — […]

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The Book of the Week contest: Stars and Strikes

2014 title

First of all, congratulations to Bob W. of Chantilly, VA, winner of last week’s book, Long Shot, by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler. Thank you all for your comments. This week’s offering is the brand-spankin’ new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and American in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 by Dan Epstein. A reminder about the […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Josh Perelman

2014 title

As of the end of the 2013 season, Jewish athletes had accounted for about 170 of nearly 19,000 Major Leaguers. So you wouldn’t expect the new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia to have the breadth of material one would see in Cooperstown. Nevertheless, […]

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National Pastime Radio: Talkin’ baseball with Amy Schumer on Wait Wait

History

The latest Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me ran the gamut from all-Jewish (Peter Sagal) to half-Jewish (“Not My Job” guest Amy Schumer to not-Jewish-at-all-but-thought-to-be baseball barnstorming team House of David. Here’s the relevant portion of the transcript. PETER SAGAL: Amy Schumer, it is a real pleasure to talk to you. And we have invited you […]

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Bits and pieces, April 4

2014 title

Been a hectic week, so I’ve let a few things slide. First and foremost, the next books in Tom Hoffarth’s annually excellent 30-in-30 series: John Feinstein’s Where Nobody Knows Your Name and Ed Sherman’s Babe Ruth’s Called Shot. Here’s another Feinstein item from WRALSPortsfan.com. And maybe you can find the link in this piece from […]

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Bracketology: 21st-Century Sports Books

Lists

A while back I posted about the “Chasing Dreams” exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, specifically Dan Okrent’s “bracket” of Jewish Major Leaguers. Since then, I’ve perused the book whence that came — The Final Four of Everything, co-edited by Mark Reityer and Richard Sandomir, sports media writer for The […]

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Authors appearance: Kennedy, Keri, and Mass @ Varsity Letters

2014 title

Thursday, April 10 is baseball night at Varsity Letters at The Gallery at LPR. Grantland’s Jonah Keri,  will read from his new book Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos. He’ll be joined by Kostya […]

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Memorabilia Appraisal Event

Annoucements

The Yogi Berra Museum and Education Center on the campus of Montclair State University is holding a fun and potentially profitable event on Saturday: America’s Roadshow: Memorabilia Appraisal Event Wondering what an old baseball card or autograph or your other memorabilia is worth? Check out America’s Roadshow at the Museum on Sat. April 5 from […]

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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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Preview this

"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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