Lest we forget (lite): Ya gotta laugh (Satchel Paige courtesy Saturday Night Live)

Baseball humor

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Review roundup: Cinema Retro covers Richard Sandomir’s book on TPOTY

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I always get a kick out of finding reviews of baseball books in unlikely places. In this case, it’s actually kind of a natural, since this title cross multiple genres. Even though it touts itself as “The Essential Guide to Movies of the ’60s and ’70s,” CinemaRetro offers this piece on Richard Sandomir’s The Pride […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, January 12, 2018

"Annuals"

A new year, a new look for the BBS list. I’ve decided to bow to the times and include separate lists for e-books and audio books. Be aware that while many titles also appear in print versions, pretty much anyone can produce an e-book these days, so I’m not going to comment at all about […]

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Bits and pieces, January 11, 2018

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Seems that for the time being, thee quick updates will do until the new releases come out. Still planning on getting back to the Bookshelf Conversations as soon as possible. The first two will feature Rich Cohen, author of The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse, and Sridhar Pappu, author of The Year of the […]

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Lest we forget: Bob Bailey

Lest We Forget

Sadly, the older we get the more we lose the ballplayers we followed when we were kids. The latest in this group is Bob Bailey, a 17-year veteran who made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1962 at the age of 19. He went on to play for the LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati […]

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Bits and Pieces, January 9, 2018

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Here we go again. Man, is this a dull off-season or what? Aside from the Yankees getting richer with the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, what is has really rocked your socks? SO, trying to make lemonade out of lemons… Let’s start off with a little shameless self-promotion: Paul Hagen offers this piece — “Looking back […]

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Coming down the pike, part two

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A couple of months ago, I posted about some of the new books being published in 2018. Since then, Amazon has put up a few more titles. You’re welcome. In order of release, and sticking to the same restrictions as I have often stated… The Science of Baseball: Modeling Bat-Ball Collisions and the Flight of […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, January 5, 2018

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A new year, a new look for the BBS list. I’ve decided to bow to the times and include separate lists for e-books and audio books. Be aware that while many titles also appear in print versions, pretty much anyone can produce an e-book these days, so I’m not going to comment at all about […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 29, 2017

"Annuals"

By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (because I’m old school). Second, since the rankings are updated every […]

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Lest we forget: Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

Lest We Forget

If African-American ballplayers had a terrible go of it, can you imagine what female African-American ballplayers had to deal with? From the New York Times‘ obituary by Daniel E. Slotnick Mamie Johnson, one of a handful of women to play in baseball’s Negro leagues in the early 1950s — and the only one known to […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 15, 2017

"Annuals"

By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (because I’m old school). Second, since the rankings are updated every […]

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Lest we forget: Tracy Stallard

Lest We Forget

If not for the late pitcher, we wouldn’t have any books about 61, Roger Maris, or asterisks. Stallard passed away Dec. 7 at the age of 80. Here’s the NY Times obituary from Richard Goldstein. After making his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1960, Stallard — a 6’5 righty — also played for […]

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Detective Story

Guest column

No, not the 1951 feature film starring Kirk Douglas, William Bendix, and Eleanor Parker… Recently I posted about a scene from The FBI Story, a 1959 flick starring that thespian baseball standout Jimmy Stewart, which depicted a banner headline from the Washington Post announcing a Babe Ruth Home run. Jim Meier, the retired librarian for The […]

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What am I bid…?

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For a collection of books about baseball in the 1930s? Here’s your chance at this on-line auction. However, there’s no list of the exact titles and if this picture — which accompanies the bidding — is any indication, the books are not just about that era. And here’s the caveat from the site: ” This […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, December 2, 2017

"Annuals"

By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (because I’m old school). Second, since the rankings are updated every […]

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Pop Quiz!

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Take a look at this book, which my wife is currently reading, and tell me its connection to baseball pop culture.

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Bookshelf Review: The Jewish Baseball Card Book

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Jewish sports fan, you can’t do much better than The Jewish Baseball Card Book, by Bob Wechsler. Based on the popular Jewish card sets produced by Martin Abramowitz (who helped on the project along with Peter McDonald), this coffee table edition features photos and brief stories […]

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Verification, please: WaPo banner headline announces Ruth’s 15th home run?

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

So I was watching yet another Jimmy Stewart movie, The FBI Story (1959), and my “baseballadar” picked up on this in a scene: Note the headline, ostensibly from the Washington Post: “Babe Ruth Hits 15th Home Run.” Now I can’t enlarge it enough to catch the date, but it seems a bit far-fetched that the […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, November 24, 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (because I’m old school). Second, since the rankings […]

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Breakfast: The most important meal of the day

Baseball Cards

Brought to you by Kellogg’s 3-D Super Star’s card set, as told by Scott Ferkovich on The National Pastime Museum site. I have a set of these in a footlocker up in the attic. Funny how “modern” they seemed at the time. There were a number of companies that put out their own sets of […]

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