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(WTF, right? Kids, ask your parents.) From The Hardball Times website, this on Stacey May Fowles‘ Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me. Upshot: “Every day in baseball brings a chance for something new and exciting, an occurrence to talk about and focus on, to share and enjoy…. Fowles’ latest book…offers exactly that.” […]


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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Review roundup, Jan. 21

January 22, 2015

I frequently wonder about the role of book critics: Must they be students of the topics of which they read and report? Fans? That’s certainly not the case in this piece by Mark Dent of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dent writes – with my annotations in brackets — The “summer” baseball book could have its own […]

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*What are you, a Wise Guide?

February 26, 2009

Actually, Andy and John Buchanan are both “wise guides,” as in their series of guide books to baseball stadiums and other venues. In 2007, the brothers — John is a banker and Andy a freelance writer and also part-time Journalism professor at Columbia College of Chicago — published small books on the ballparks of the […]

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According to this AP story, “Taxpayers and ticket buyers are the losers in plans to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in public subsidies to build the new Yankee Stadium….” And Mets fans shouldn’t be smug about it: “[Assemblyman Richard Brodsky] said the concerns about subsidies for private businesses without direct benefit to the public […]

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On the 20th anniversary of the publication of Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks: The Ultimate Huide to America’s Top Baseball Parks, reports on its author, Bob Wood. This is definitely one title in desperate need of revision, bot only because there have been so many new ballparks built since, but in the change in […]

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The author of Baseball in Baltimore is the subject of this article on The book “cycles through the city’s ballpark evolution, from Memorial Stadium to Municipal Stadium–christened Venable Stadium in 1922–and on back to the old Oriole Park at 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue, which burned to the ground July 4, 1944.” Upshot: It’s […]

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