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Dan Schlossberg has written thousands of articles and a number of books on the national pastime, including a couple of my personal favorites on which he collaborated as co-author, Al Clark‘s Called Out but Safe: A Baseball Umpire’s Journey and Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story. Schlossberg’s latest is also one of his oldest. He […]

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Bits and pieces, June 19

June 19, 2014

You gotta give credit to some authors. All authors, actually, but some more. For a writer to take a subject like Boots Poffenberger, a pitcher who appeared in just 57 games over and three-year Major League career which ended before he was 25, and turn it into a full-blown biography is an accomplishment. Here’s a […]

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Not if you’re former Major League arbiter-turned-author Al Clark. It was nice meeting Clark and his co-author Dan Schlossberg yesterday at the Yogi Berra Museum. There weren’t a lot of people there. That’s was too bad for the book-signing aspects, but good for me because it gave us more opportunity for casual chatting. Clark shared […]

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Humbly submitted for your interest, a doubleheader featuring They Called Me God by Doug Harvey with Peter Golenbock and Called Out but Safe by Al Clark with Dan Schlossberg; and another one on Stars and Strikes by Dan Epstein that were published by Bookreporter.com yesterday.  

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The Yogi Berra Museum will be hosting three book events in the coming weeks including: May 5 Mookie Wilson Booksigning Former Mets star Mookie Wilson, one of the most electrifying and popular players in team history, will sign copies of his new book: “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets” from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mr. Wilson […]

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Review roundup, April 30

April 30, 2014

I’m all for newspapers and that includes student newspapers. Here’s a review form the Royal Purple News, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater about a “local” baseball novel, It Happened in Wisconsin, by Ken Moraff Hmm, haven’t even heard of this one — Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees, by Greg Prato —  […]

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Feast or famine: we haven’t had a book written by a real umpire in how many years? Bruce Weber’s As They See ‘Em doesn’t count because he was an embedded journalist working on a project. This year we have two: Doug Harvey’s They Called Me God, and Al Clark’s Called Out but Safe. Clark, an […]

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Bits and pieces, April 4

April 4, 2014

Been a hectic week, so I’ve let a few things slide. First and foremost, the next books in Tom Hoffarth’s annually excellent 30-in-30 series: John Feinstein’s Where Nobody Knows Your Name and Ed Sherman’s Babe Ruth’s Called Shot. Here’s another Feinstein item from WRALSPortsfan.com. And maybe you can find the link in this piece from […]

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Baseball book ‘prospects’

February 27, 2014

This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]

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To paraphrase a Groucho Marx line (and with all due respect to the PETA faction), you can’t swing a dead cat (if that’s your idea of a good time) at the annual SABR conference without hitting a baseball writer. While in Philadelphia, I caught up with a few of them (writers, not cats) to see […]

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