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Allen Barra

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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(Note: My review of Allen Barra’s latest appears on Bookreporter.com, and reprinted for your convenience below, with a few additional comments.) Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris may have been “the M&M boys” for a summer or two in the early 1960s, but Mantle, aka the “Commerce Comet,” and the “Say Hey Kid” (Willie Mays) were […]

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So much for the free access of information. You can read the opening of the Boston Globe‘s review of Allen Barra’s Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age. Fortunately, there are other sources that are a bit moe “generous,” including the Chicago Tribune, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and New York […]

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Besides my own book, there are some titles I’m really looking forward to this season. Among them: Keepers of the Game: When the Baseball Beat was the Best Job on the Paper by Dennis D’Agostino The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age by Robert Weintraub Mickey […]

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Or “Coming soon to a bookstore near you.” As mentioned in the previous post about e-books, I occasionally scan Amazon to see what baseball titles are coming down the pike. Here is a list of those scheduled for release before the end of the year that seem particularly interesting. As usual, the literate baseball fan […]

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♦ Bruce Spitzer, author of the sci-fi-ish novel about Ted Williams rising from the dead, was on Beyond the Game, a White Plains community access cable channel. ♦ ♦ Received a copy of Ronnie Joyner‘s new Hardball Legends and Journeymen and Short-Timers: 333 Illustrated Baseball Biographies yesterday. It’s a throwback to the days when newspapers […]

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Dave “No Relation” Kaplan is the executive director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, which has hosted some excellent author discussions over the years. (Allen Barra, author of Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, and Neil Lanctot, author of Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, will explore the lives and legacies of baseball’s two […]

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Allen Barra, author of several notable baseball titles himself, offers this list of top five baseball fiction titles, including: Ring Around the Bases, by Ring Lardner Sometimes You See It Coming, by Kevin Baker The Brothers K, by David James Duncan Squeeze Play, by Jane Leavy (author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax: A […]

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Bits and pieces

March 22, 2011 · 0 comments

It’s amazing how everyday life can get in the way of posting here lately. In a poor attempt to compensate, here’s the occasional links dump. A review of John Thorn’s Baseball and the Garden of Eden from The Hardball Times. Upshot: “It must be said that Thorn is a historian first and a writer second. […]

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Received this e-mail from author and frequent boo reviwer Allen Barra I wanted to share with you: Ron, I just read what you wrote about Jane Leavy’s Mickey Mantle bio and a quote her publicist used regarding my review of her 1990 baseball novel Squeeze Play. For the record, let me say that I do […]

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Jane Leavy’s new biography, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, was officially released today, so look for lots of reviews in the days and weeks ahead. Here’s one from Henry D. Fetter in The Wall Street Journal. Upshot: What drives “The Last Boy” forward is the author’s quest to answer […]

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That’s Barra, not Berra, although the confusion would be easy to understand. Barra is the author, Berra is the subject of this new biography of the Yankees’ Hall of Fame catcher. The writer — whose work has appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and on-line on Salon.com, crafted this serious-yet-entertaining profile on […]

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King Kaufman conducted this Q&A with the new Berra Boswell. You can read it here or hear it here: Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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From RiverAveBlues.com, this critique of Allen Barra’s latest.

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By Jim Kaplan in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Upshot: Finally, a biography that does justice to the intelligence and might of baseball’s greatest catcher.

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The San Francisco Chronicle (are they still around? It’s hard to keep track.) published this review of the new Barra Berra book. Upshot: I was struck reading Allen Barra’s altogether sturdy and well-written biography at just how unusual a figure Yogi truly is. Barra (no relation, he thinks), an amiable, guys-talking-at-the-water-cooler type sportswriter best known […]

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The Washington Post‘s Steven V. Roberts wrote this review of Allen Barra’s new bio of the Yogster. I wonder how many that makes now. Of course, Berra was on a couple of other teams, but that went by the wayside. Barra is an interesting writer. One of his titles on my to-read list is the […]

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