Bits and Pieces, Jan. 13, 2017

2011 title

Been busy finalizing my forthcoming book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, which has severely reduced my Bookshelf time. (Even got my first blurb! Very cool.) So in attempt to play catch-up… It’s nice to have your book referenced in a story. You never know that it might […]

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Hall of Fame hosts Martin Luther King Day program

Annoucements

Monday at 9 a.m. From the posting by the Hall of Fame Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration, remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. Join us as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through guided tours and museum programs, and learn about Hall of Famers […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, January 13, 2017

"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 a nice surprise: Books of the day

"Oddballs"

I had to go to my local library site to renew some stuff and saw this: Also someone stopped by the house to have me sign a copy of 501 Baseball Books. That hasn’t happened for awhile. Sweet.   Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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I’ll be the judge of that

2007 title

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know I have an aversion to hyperbole. Words like “greatest” or “best” or “ever” or “forever” have always raised a red flag for me because the majority of the time, they’re not. It may be unfair because I haven’t read this one save […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, January 6, 2017

"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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Perfect timing for a little SSP (Hank Greenberg project)

2017 Title

(As in “shameless self-promotion.”) Actually yesterday would have been the perfect time as it would have been Hank Greenberg‘s 106th birthday. Considering that Tyrus Wong, illustrator for the classic Walt Disney flick Bambi, recently died at that age, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Hammerin’ Hank could still be with us. As you […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 30, 2016

2016 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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Lest we forget: Peter Horvitz

History

The teacher and lecturer who published The Big Book of Jewish Baseball with his son Joachim, died in Raleigh, NC, last Saturday at the age of 71. This was one of those Jewish “reference books” I’m betting a lot of kids received as a bar mitzva or Hanukka present. Horvitz also wrote The Big Book […]

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Brought to you as a public service announcement (baseball movies on Netflix)

Movies

Looking for baseball pics on Netflix? Type this in after you sign in and it will take you right there: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/12339 You’re welcome. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Well, here’s something you don’t see every day (baseball in Scientific American)

2016 title

I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing you can count the number of baseball books that get a review in Scientific American on one hand. But here you go: their take on Brian Kenny’s Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution. Since baseball is a metaphor for life, writer Steve Mirsky compares some […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 23, 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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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jon Leonoudakis

2016 title

If I had the wherewithal, I think I’d be doing something like Jon Leonouakis‘ streaming TV show, The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories. I mean, he interviews people, I interview people. But as the saying goes, “Show me, don’t tell me,” and as a veteran filmmaker, he’s the man behind several well-crafted baseball […]

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They used to cost a penny…AND you got free gum

"Oddballs"

This story from The New York Times about the baseball card hobby goes from A (Jeff Aeder, aka the prospective buyer) to Z (Guy Zinn, the rare item in question). It also comes on the heels of a discovery I had in my attic while looking for books to donate to the nearby Yogi Berra […]

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You can make anything connect if you try hard enough

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

According to this piece from the Washington Post, there’s a “book about baseball that explains Donald Trump’s win.” And that book is… Drum roll, please… Moneyball. Really. Writer Sonny Bunch compares Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to win games as cheaply as possible with Trump’s victory in the presidential elections. If there’s anything […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 16, 2016

2016 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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Does very late news qualify as fake news?

Newspapers

Because it’s not really news now, is it? So how should we respond when we read that Kevin Pillar, the outstanding defensive outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, was injured and placed on the 15-day disabled list. Yes, he was — in August. But this story in the Ottawa Citizen story carries a December 14 […]

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Author appearance: Not Ralph Terry

2016 title

Chagrined to say I didn’t even know he had written a book, but Right Down the Middle: The Ralph Terry Story was published on October. Fitting because Terry gave up one of the most famous home runs in baseball history in that month to Bill Mazeroski in the 1960 World Series. Terry will not be […]

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What took so long? (Cubs’ David Ross pens book)

2017 Title

Admit it, baseball book fans: haven’t you been wondering when someone on the Cubs would publish a book? I man, it’s December already. So thank you David Ross for stepping up and being the first. According to FOXSports.com, Hachette Books will release “Teammate: My Life in Baseball” next May 9. Co-written by Don Yaeger, a longtime […]

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

Because I can...

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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