How do you solve a problem like too many baseball books?

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From time to time, I’ve written about trying to “cull the herd,” i.e., getting rid of some of the hundreds and hundreds of books I’ve accumulated over the years. Despite the collection, I do not consider myself a “collector.” I know I’m never going to acquire every baseball book ever published. Not even every book […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Mike Shannon

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Thanks to social media and email, there are probably people you’ve known for years but have never actually met. For me, Mike Shannon is one of those people. I would venture to say I’ve been corresponding with Shannon for 20 or so years but I only recently had a chance to actually hear his voice for our […]

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Is you is or is you ain’t my player?

Baseball Cards

With apologies to Louis Jordan… Just because baseball’s winter meetings are over doesn’t mean player transactions are, too. Rumors are still swirling and let’s face it, it’s kind of fun when players switch teams (unless it’s your favorite who departs, one way or the other). And it made me think of this: When I was […]

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You’re welcome — 천만에요

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I think some people tend to lump Asian players into one group. Wrong! Here’s an unusual offering, via the Korean Times. Three Korean major leaguers ― Choo Shin-Soo, Lee Dae-ho, and Oh Seung-hwan ― recently co-published essays in Thanks, Baseball” to share their life stories. Lee and Oh play for the Seattle Mariners and the […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 9, 2016

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

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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That’s un-American!

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Last week’s New York Times book review featured the top titles in several categories, including sports. You’d think there might be one baseball book in the mix. But you’d be wrong. Marc Tracy, who writes about college sports for the the Times, handled the assignment. His essay includes two books on high school and college […]

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When Hank ‘met’ Jackie

2017 Title

I just finished the first round of edits on the manuscript for my forthcoming book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War (scheduled for release April 4, 2017. Just sayin’.) The last chapter deals with Greenberg’s final playing season as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. There’s […]

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Author appearance: John Carvalho

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John Carvalho, author of Frick: Baseball’s Third Commissioner, has the honor of closing out the  2106 “season” at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan. Carvalho will share his thoughts with Clubhouse owner Jay Goldberg on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m. Ford Frick is best known as the baseball commissioner who put the “asterisk” next […]

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Lest we forget: Margaret Whitton

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Perhaps best known for her portrayal of the avaricious owner of the Cleveland Indians in Major League, Ms. Whitton died on Sunday at the age of 67. Here’s her obituary in the New York Times by Richard Sandomir, who has moved from from his previous  post as the sports media columnist to the “dead beat.” […]

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Authors appearance: Brian Kenny and Billy Bean

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Emmy-winning MLB Network anchor Brian Kenny and Billy Bean, MLB’s VP for Social Responsibility and Inclusion, will be the featured speakers  visit on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, NJ. Kenny and Bean will talk baseball, followed by a signing of Kenny’s new book, Ahead of the […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Lincoln Mitchell

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What’s wrong with the national pastime? Seems like everyone has an opinion, but some strike me as more informed than others. That’s the feeling I came away with after reading Lincoln Mitchell‘s new book, Will Big League Baseball Survive?: Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball. I can […]

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But not for me…

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With apologies to George and Ira Gershwin… They’re writing books on stats but not for me New ways to look at stats but not for me… In this week’s look at the top 10 baseball titles on Amazon, we have Incredible Baseball Stats by Kevin Reavy and Ryan Spaeder. To be honest, I received an […]

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Do we really?

Team profile

They say Cardinals fans are among the most intelligent and passionate in the game. I’m sure followers of other teams might want to debate the notion. But if the request is made, someone should answer the call. In this case, the Vivo El Birdos potion of SB Nations says, “We need another book about the […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 2, 2016

"Annuals"

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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What, The Sporting News is still a thing?

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(Note: I published this piece on one of my other blogs, The Worried Journalist. Just call me Double-Duty Kaplan.) When I was a kid I once got in in trouble for spending twice my allowance because I bought the latest issues of Baseball Digest and The Sporting News on the way back from running errands. […]

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Feeling a Draft

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Baseball America recently announced the release of their new release, their Ultimate Draft Book: The Most Comprehensive Book Ever Published on the Baseball Draft: 1965-2016. Don’t you love their modesty? Did you know that more than 70,000(!) players have been selected since the inception of the draft? Picture a full stadium, and then some. Impressive. […]

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One more way to separate you from your money

2017 Title

When I was a kid, there was only Topps. And only one set of Topps. Now there are so many, of varying degrees of quality and inteerest, it’s hard to keep up. Case in point: the 2017 Inception set. Maybe this is all a dream. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Now hear this: Ron Darling

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Not exactly sure why this is relevant a year after his book was published, but here he is talking with WAMC, the NPR affiliate of Albany, NY about his book, Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life.   Save Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Guess I’m living in the wrong town

Author Profile / interview

Larry Gerlach, author of The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires recently made news when he decided to give his baseball book collection to Colorado Mesa University earlier this month. According to the article from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, some 1,400 books were involved. It’s not a contest — I’m sure some of you […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, November 25, 2016

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