What to read now: Yankees edition

biography

Brought to you by the good folks at Pinstripe Alley. The entry includes such titles as Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life, by Richard Ben Cramer The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, by Buster Olney The Yankee Years, by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter, by Ian O’Connor All […]

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Author appearance: Tim Kurkjian

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One of these days I’ll get to a session of The Great Fenway Park Writers Series. The next one features ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian to discus his newest book, I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love. The program will be held December 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Residence […]

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SI‘s Tom Verducci to publish new Cubs book

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Goodness knows they deserve it given their long history of going without a championship, but how many new Cubs books are too many? Actually, even their failures have done well for them in terms of literature. There have been almost as many titles — if not more — lamenting their shortcomings as there have been […]

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Another opportunity missed: W.P. Kinsella

Classic title

During my hiatus from this blog, we lost W.P. Kinsella. Makes me feel even worse that I failed to include Shoeless Joe in my 501 project. No excuse. I had a chance to have Kinsella as a guest for a Bookshelf Conversation podcast but I blew it. Shortly after he published Butterfly Winter: A Novel, I […]

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For a ball like this, I’d need a nicer bookshelf

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It’s been said about Moe Berg that he could speak seven (or 10 or 12) languages but couldn’t hit in any of them. Baseball signed by World War II spy sells for over $17,000 Upshot: One of only two baseballs known to be signed by Moe Berg, a former major league catcher who served as […]

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Lest we forget: Mabel Bell

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Mabel Ball, born the year the Cubs had last won the World Series, died Tuesday at Covenant Village of Northbrook.   Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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What we were fighting for

baseball in war time

How appropriate is it that the end of Band of Brothers takes place on the baseball diamond? After all, what were we fighting for? Mom, apple pie, the girl next door, and baseball? Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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In honor of Veterans Day

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This entry originally appeared in 2010 but is still relevant today. As we observe Veterans Day, I just wanted to put give a  shout out to the men and women who have sacrificed in the service of their country. A sampling of the literature on the subject: Ted Williams at War An American Journey: My […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, November 11, 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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And this is why we still need “traditional” journalism

Because I can...

As you may know, I recently became a victim of the downturn in print publishing. My weekly newspaper was bought out by another publication and while it will continue as an independent entity, the majority of staff were let go because of redundant positions. It’s a vicious cycle: the paper fires the staff and the […]

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Pull up a book (Vin Scully)

2009 title

I wonder if Curt Smith plans on issuing an updated version of his 2009 bio, Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story. Seems like it’s not only warranted, but given that Scully called it quits after the Dodgers’ final game of 2016 practically a necessity. Now Smith could include more tributes to the iconic […]

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Stick it, Chief Wahoo

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I wonder what our president-elect things about politically-questionable team mascots, characters, and logos? Where do you think he comes down on the Cleveland Indians’ famous Chief Wahoo? The timing is a bit off; the time to bring this up was during the season. But it reminded me and those of my fellow boomers might also […]

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FWIW: A Baseball Carol

2016 title

FWIW=For what it’s worth, BTW (by the way). Not a big fan of baseball fiction but I do like the notion of time travels so this one caught my eye. My eye was released when I read that the protagonist is a mild-mannered CPA (is there any other kind?), just like the author. I do […]

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Timing is everything (Comrade X)

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Just happened to turn on the TV to Turner Classic Movie channel. Comrade X, a 1940 romantic comedy starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamar, was on at this scene: Gable’s character, an American journalist visiting Russia, is arguing about communism with Lamar, a local streetcar conductor. She tries to tell him how bad America is, […]

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It will take more than a minute and a Huff

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Aubrey Huff, who spent most of his 12-year career with the Tampa Bay Rays, is working on a book about his experiences, including his battle with depression. Rather than go the traditional route (if there is such a ting these days, with self-publishing so prevalent), Huff is looking to raise $5,000 via a kickstarter campaign. […]

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Well they got that right at least (42)

baseball movies

The 2013 Jackie Robinson biopic was on this morning and the more I watch it, the more problems I have with it. Please understand, I have nothing but the utmost respect for everything Robinson and the others pioneers went through (we often hear about Robinson and Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, November 4, 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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Well that didn’t take long

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What is it, two days after the Cubs won the series and while compiling the (usually) weekly list of baseball best-sellers, there are publications about the team that weren’t even listed when I did my search for items coming down the pike (although, to be strictly accurate, I was basically looking at 2017 items). So […]

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What goes around, comes around

Ron Kaplan appearance

Recently made a presentation to the Ridgewood (NJ) Rotary Club. Kind of interesting. Very knowledgable group of folks, old enough to have attended Brooklyn Dodger games as kids. This is the result, including Q&A. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Soon to be a major motion picture?

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According to this piece from Deadspin, “Give Theo Epstein And Bill Murray A Buddy Cop Movie, Now.” Just, please, no Daffy Duck voices. Yesterday’s Pardon the Interruption hailed Epstein as not among the pantheon of great baseball executives, but the pantheon of great baseball executives. You can listen to the podcast version here and then […]

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