Coming down the pike: New baseball titles, Part IV— Odds and ends

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And the wrap-up… * denotes items of particular interest (to me, at any rate). Odds and Ends ** It will be interesting to see how The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics has held up since it was first published 30 years ago. Authors John Thorn and Pete Palmer […]

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Coming down the pike: New baseball titles, Part III — The next Moneyball and re-issues

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The next Moneyball? * A few “inside baseball (business)” pieces coming up: In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball by long-time SABR members Mark Armour and Daniel Leviit. John Pessah adds to this sub-genre with The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers. Lonnie Wheeler’s Intangiball: The Subtle […]

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Coming down the pike: New baseball titles, Part II — History and Team Profiles

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Rather than lay it all out there, I thought I would divvy this up into smaller, more manageable bites, so here’s Part 2. * denotes items of particular interest (to me, at any rate). History One of my bugaboos has long been titles such as The Nats and the Grays: How Baseball in the Nation’s […]

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Coming down the pike: New baseball titles, Part I — Biographies

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After not reading any baseball books for longer than I can remember (probably just a few months, that tells you a lot about my memory), I happily dove in to the new listings on Amazon. Herewith a sampling of what’s on the horizon. It’s a nice mix of the “comfort food” of baseball lit — […]

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Brought to you as a new public service

Because I can...

At the suggestion of Bookshelf friend David Jordan, this will serve as a home for older “recently read” snippets as they get replaced by newer items. Not all of them have reviews or author conversations, but I have included links when they are. There’s a separate page at the right of the navigation bar, and […]

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Truth in advertising: The Charlie O’Brien biography

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I had originally included this in a roundup of the upcoming new titles, but after some consideration, I decided to give this a life of its own. In the “was this trip really necessary” department: A Charlie O’Brien biography? By a university press no less? Yup: The Cy Young Catcher. Yes, the statement that O’Brien […]

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Back in the saddle again

Because I can...

Yippe ki-yi-ya! Finally finished the manuscript for The Jewish Olympics so I can finally get back to my comfort zone. Greatly looking forward to catching up on some of the books that have arrived in the last few months, as well as the bounty that 2015 promises to bring. Also look for more podcast interviews […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Jan. 9, 2015

"Annuals"

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope nothing but the best comes your way in 2015, including the best baseball books available. Almost done with the non-baseball book and greatly looking forward to catching up on my regular reading, writing, and wrangling authors, filmmakers, and artists into discussing their work on new podcast segments. In the meantime, […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Jan. 2

"Annuals"

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope nothing but the best comes your way in 2015, including the best baseball books available. Almost done with the non-baseball book and greatly looking forward to catching up on my regular reading, writing, and wrangling authors, filmmakers, and artists into discussing their work on new podcast segments. In the meantime, […]

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Lest we forget: Edward Hermann and Mario Cuomo

Baseball Movies

Two gentlemen with some interesting attachments to baseball. Hermann, one of my favorite actors, passed away Wednesday at the age of 71. Frankly, I thought he was older. He played Lou Gehrig to Blythe Danner in the 1978 TV movie, A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story. I haven’t seen this one in […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Dec. 26

"Annuals"

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… As you may have notice in recent weeks, […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Dec. 19

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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… As you may have notice in recent weeks, […]

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Lest we forget: Sy Berger

Baseball Cards

The baseball card scion died yesterday at the age of 91. If you were a red-blooded American boy, you probably collected some form of “sports cards” as a kid. Most likely, they were the offspring of Berger, who created Topps back in the early 1950s. Although trading cards have been around for more than 100 […]

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In the spirit of the season

My '501' book

I have a a few copies of 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die on hand for sale. The cost is $25, postage included, and will be personally autographed as per the customer’s request, ranging from a simple signature to something like ” To ______, the bestest, most handsome, and smartest person I […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Dec. 12

"Annuals"

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… As you may have notice in recent weeks, […]

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Looks like we won’t be seeing any new Hall of Famer bios this year

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At least not from the Veterans Committee output. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Golden Era Committee announced balloting results Monday for its 2014 election of players, managers, executives and umpires. The ballot featured nine former players and one former executive and was considered by a 16-person committee featuring eight Hall of Famers, […]

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John Wayne and Baseball: Two American institutions

"Oddballs"

Just finished a review of the new John Wayne bio for Bookreporter, so I thought it would be appropriate to remind you that he starred in a 1955 television production of Rookie of the Year, aired some 36 years after the Black Sox scandal, which serves as an underscoring theme. Directed by John Ford, the […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Dec. 5

"Annuals"

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… As you may have notice in recent weeks, […]

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Maccabiah book update: Dave Blackburn

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Headnote: It’s been awhile since my last post. Sorry about that, but the deadline for the Maccabiah book is just about a  month away (barring an extension). But this piece, which comes from my other blog, has a connection to this one as well so here you go. * * * I have always aspired […]

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The (hot) shoe is on the other foot

"Oddballs"

Do cameras still use hot-shoe flash attachments? Anyway, this was going around Facebook yesterday so I thought I’d pass it along. For only $3,995, you can be the first kid on the block to own this (the link brings you to the page where each of the 134 cards are identified): First edition, first and […]

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