Lest we forget: Don Rickles

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The acerbic comedian died today at the age of 90. A hardcore fan, he was frequently seen at those celebrity games as chronicled in Joe Siegman’s book, Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Baseball, released in 2014. Rickles enjoyed talking about the game. Here he speaks with David Letterman in 1998. And […]

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Listicles R us

2017 Title

Sorry, don’t know how to make a backwards “R.” People love lists, so websites and blogs give the people what they want.  Sometimes the lists come in one long page, other times you have to scroll through slide shows, thereby increasing your time on the site which helps their analytics. Don’t get me started on […]

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Pretext for a preview: Sports Illustrated vs. ESPN

"Annuals"

It’s time again for that annual tradition: a comparison of the baseball preview issues published by Sports Illustrated, that old war horse, and ESPN The Magazine, that (relatively) new upstart. One has to bear in mind that ESPN is a biweekly. As such, the material they print of necessity has to be more featurey and […]

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See a podcast, take a podcast

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So is this like a day/night doubleheader? I posted a Bookshelf Conversation with Marty Appel today and I was the guest on Baseball By the Book, hosted by Justin McGuire to talk about my first project. Who says Mondays are blue?

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Marty Appel

"Bookshelf Conversations"

It seems only fitting that I should follow up last week’s chat with Paul Dickson, author of Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son, with Marty Appel, author of Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character. Both books tell the stories of men who enjoyed a lifetime connection with the national pastime. Appel, a former PR director for the NY […]

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A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone

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Now available: At long last I’m happy to announce the official release of my latest book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War. Support your local  local bookstore and tell your friends! Merci. Save Save Save Save

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Hey, kids, do you know what time it is?

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Baseball Best-Sellers, March 31, 2017

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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Durocher and Stengel: A couple of characters

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It strikes me as a happy coincidence that this year offers biographies of two of the most iconic characters in baseball history: Casey Stengel and Leo Durocher. They were both baseball “lifers,” enjoying careers that spanned 50 years, starting as players and continuing as World Championship managers. And both books are brought to you by […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Paul Dickson

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In recent days, I’ve notice that a number of new baseball titles have “updated” nostalgia. By that I mean the subjects of these books are more recent than they used to be. Case in point, Scott Turbow’s Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s. When did the 1970s become the “new” […]

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A bouquet of book covers

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About a year ago, I posted about the different covers for Bernard Malamud’s The Natural; they’re so pretty… Here’s something similar about the late Jimmy Breslin’s 1964 release, Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Met’s First Year, beginning with the original hardcover edition. I can’t vouch for the […]

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‘Tis the season for baseball books

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We’re getting to the point where a bunch of new titles are hitting the bookstores. Herewith a brief roundup. New York Sports Day posted this one on Marty Appel’s engaging new project, Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character. They also did this one on Shawn Krest’s Baseball Meat Market: The Stories Behind the Best and Worst […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, March 24, 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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Baseball Best-Sellers, March 10, 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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‘Tis the season…

2016 title

Not only is baseball season upon us, but baseball book season is upon us as demonstrated by the bouquet that arrived since Friday. My apologies, dear mail carrier. So in an attempt to catch up a bit… Meet Andy Green, San Diego Padres manager and bibliophile. A Q&A with Dan Schlossberg, author of the just-released […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, Week of March 3, 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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I’d like to thank the Academy…

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The Baseball Bookshelf was recently designated as one of the top 100 Baseball Blogs by Feedspot.com. Woo-hoo. Here’s the “official notification”: Hi Ron, My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf has been selected by our panelist as one of […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, February 24, 2017

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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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Extra, extra… or not

Because I can...

Been shirking my duties as a blogger here for any number of reasons: working on my own book, looking for full-time work, other blogs, ranting on Facebook (not necessarily in that order). But one of the things I wanted to mention was the misguided attempt by MLB to try to cater to people who maybe […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, February 17, 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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