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Early baseball star Lipman Emanuel “Lip” Pike is the subject of the 2016 annual brass medal from the American Israel Numismatic Association. The Prooflike medal measures 32 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 500 pieces. The pieces were struck at the Highland Mint. All AINA members receive an example of the medal […]

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Free association

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Paul Nuccio, a blogger at Outside Pitch, offers this piece titled “Put down that iPad! Here’s your offseason baseball reading list.” The recommendations include a one-sentence “rationale” for 16 books representing a broad array of topics and age. Nicely done. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Baseball Best-Sellers, Jan. 22, 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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Coming down the pike

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Lisa Iannucci at The GetMoreSports site included four baseball titles among her “Anticipated Sports Books of 2016.”  Is it picayune to note that “anticipated” does not mean “looked forward to,” but merely “expected?” Anyway, the titles include (with the writer’s commentary): DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers by Tony Castro is due out […]

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Throwback Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 (aka links dump)

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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An historic collection of books

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The National Pastime Museum website offers a collection of essays on My Favorite Baseball Books. The list includes many of the best-known titles as assessed by writers, critics, and other baseball savants. Among them: Bang the Drum Slowly, by Joe Schuster, author of The Might Have Been: A Novel The Natural, by Ryan Swanson, author […]

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Great expectations?

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It hasn’t even been released yet (official date: March 22) but Stealing Games: How John McGraw Transformed Baseball with the 1911 New York Giants by Maury Klein leads off this Examiner.com article on “The Write Stuff: A look at some of this year’s most notable books.” According to the piece, “The book gives a great—yet […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Abie Rotenberg

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As the sports editor for a weekly Jewish publication, I always have my antenna out for anything that pertains to this niche topic. You might be surprised, but as someone so connected with Jews and sports, it’s amazing the number of times I come across reference to the scene from Airplane and the variations thereof […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. and baseball

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Here’s a link to a previous post I did about the late Dr. King. He was also part of this unique collection of Topps Heritage American Heroes issued in 2009.   Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Baseball Best-Sellers, Jan. 15, 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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Throwback Thursday (aka, links dump), Jan. 14, 2016

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Mailbag: Spitball and Baseball History & Art

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We’re getting to the time of year when spring training is about a month away and publishers are warming up as well. The bulk of baseball titles won’t be released until after opening day, but the handful of glossy magazines, which seem to be dwindling year by year, will be on newsstands shortly. Last week […]

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Lest we forget: Monte Irvin (Update)

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One of the great ambassadors of the game, Monte Irvin passed away last night at the age of 96. Irvin was member of that generation of African-American ballplayers who suffered greatly as they integrated the game. Jackie Robinson was the first and most famous, and sometimes men like Irvin and Larry Doby don’t get the […]

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Because, sure, you can put cards on your bookshelf

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I’ve already seen a fantasy baseball magazine on the rack of my local Stop&Shop (pass, thanks), so can the real thing be far behind? The new series of baseball cards will also be forthcoming shortly. Here’s an appraisal of the 2016 “Bowman Best” series as per Bob D’Angelo of the Tampa Tribune. Based on the […]

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Meet the Mets (Books)

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I don’t know who Matthew Price is, but he recently contributed this piece which appeared on the Newsday website on “11 books every New York Mets fan should read.” As a fan of the team myself, I believe every Mets devotee should read just about every book they can on the ball club, so I […]

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A Hall of a learning experience

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I was surprised when I saw the invitation from the Baseball Hall of Fame to attend their press conference introducing Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. as their newest members-elect. By my way of thinking, the ranking goes something like this: The MLB Network ESPN Sports Illustrated New York Times Wire services TV Networks Local […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, Jan. 8, 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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Throwback Thursday review: This Great Game

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In a sense, this is the book that launched more than a thousand books, the first in what became an obsession. This Great Game, published in 1971 by Routledge Press under the imprimatur of Major League Baseball, was an anthology, a of marvelous collection of photos and illustrations and narratives from some of the great […]

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Congrats to the newest Hall of Famers

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Piazza published a memoir, Long Shot (with Lonnie Wheeler), in 2013, but I wonder if there will be something rushed out to commemorate the honor. Same for Junior, although there really hasn’t been an “adult” book on him. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Gammons, Epstein hold annual fundraiser

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Brought to you as a public service announcement… The legendary baseball writer/broadcaster Peter Gammons was on the segment preceding my appearance on the MLB Network’s Hot Stove last week. One of the things he discussed was this upcoming music event for charity. Gammons, an avid guitar player, is getting ready for the 16th Theo Epstein […]

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