National Pastime Radio: Another baseball book not about baseball?

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I quite enjoyed David Duchovny’s first novel, Holy Cow. He’s out with a new one, titled Bucky F*cking Dent. As you might guess by the name, there’s a good deal of baseball in it, but it’s one of those things that is not about baseball (are any of them ever?). Rather it’s about the relationship […]

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National Pastime Radio: Lenny Dykstra on the Lopate show

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When I saw this segment pop up in my iTunes podcast list, I was surprised. Surprised that Leonard Lopate would want Lenny Dykstra on as a guest, and surprised that Dykstra would appear. I do not know him at all other than  the profiles I’ve read about him but my impression is that he’s not […]

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Separated at birth?

Because I can...

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Recommended readings from CSM

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The Christian Science Monitor posted this piece recommending six baseball titles including: Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life, by Ron Darling and Daniel Paisner Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers, by Michael Fallon I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love, by Tim […]

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So this drops today: House of Nails

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I may be totally off base (heh), but I Lenny Dykstra has ever read a book. Even his own. He just strikes me as the type who doesn’t have the patience required to sit still long enough to read much of anything. He was one of the Mets who came out with a book around […]

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For my next trick: Hank Greenberg’s 1938 season

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Haven’t done one of these in a while. Research for my bio on Hank Greenberg in 1938 — scheduled for release next spring via Skyhorse — continues in halts and starts. Just when I think I’m about done with the research phase and am ready to begin writing in earnest, something else comes up I […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 24, 2016

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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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The Bookshelf Conversation: Michael Leahy (Part Two)

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You can read the introduction to Part One here. The sentiment remains the same. http://www.ronkaplansbaseballbookshelf.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Bookshelf-Michael-Leahy-Part-Two.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBe sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 17, 2016

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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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The Bookshelf Conversation: Michael Leahy (Part One)

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If you’re lucky, once in a while on your literary travels, you will come across a book that will be unlike anything you’ve read before. This is especially true if you concentrate on a specific genre or theme like mystery novels, biographies about your favorite personality or, oh, I don’t know, let’s just say baseball […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 10, 2016

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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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The Bookshelf Review: The Last Innocents

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jeff Polman

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Many of us play Strat-o-matic or some other fantasy version of the game. Robert Coover wrote the classic baseball fiction, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. Well, Coover has company in Jeff Polman, who recently released Twinbill: Further Immersions in Historical Baseball Fiction — his fourth book — which includes a speculative […]

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Lest we forget: Lou Gehrig

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Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s death. I’m guessing that has something to do with the addition of Lou Gehrig: Pride of the Yankees by the legendary Paul Gallico to the Amazon baseball best-selling list (as a Kindle book). Naturally more recent books on Gehrig have enjoyed the ability of temporal distance as […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, June 3, 2016

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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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Baseball Best-Sellers, May 27, 2016

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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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Lest we forget: Alan Young

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The actor Alan Young passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday. Baseball connection? Several of the Dodgers, including Sandy Koufax, John Roseboro, Willie Davis, and Moose Skowron appeared as themselves, as well as the voice of Vin Scully.   Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Baseball Best-Sellers, May 20, 2016

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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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In Jeopardy of not knowing why this happens so often…

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There has to be something going on on Jeopardy. How else to explain the high number of clues regarding baseball over the past several weeks. It seems like there is at least one reference per week. Sometimes an entire category is devoted to some aspect of the national pastime as in this from last night’s […]

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Here’s the Pitch Update

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Revised to include my oversight in omitting the Bad News Bears TV show. While baseball and TV go great together, episodic series about the national have never done well. None of the attempts have lasted more than one season. Ball Four. Based on Jim Bouton’s seminal book and starring the author as aversion of himself. […]

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