Literary birthday greetings: 1952 – Bob Costas, announcer Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball, by Costas. Broadway, 2000. Also on this date: 1962: A former member of the New York Giants requesting anonymity reveals that Bobby Thomson’s home run in the 1951 playoffs against the Brooklyn Dodgers was helped by a sign-stealing clubhouse spy. [...]
Literary birthday greetings: 1919 – Jackie Robinson, infielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer Since I addressed this last year — and there are soooo many books about Robinson — I just thought I’d link to that entry for everyone’s convenience. 1931 – Hank Aguirre, pitcher; All-Star 1931 – Ernie Banks, infielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer 1947 [...]
A couple of years ago I posted several entries listing numerous (but not all) books written about and “by” members of the Hall of Fame. I’m just including a link to the last one here, since that contains links to all the others. I’m guessing that at least a couple of books will come out [...]
The Baseball Hall of Fame ballots were released today. This promises to be perhaps the most controversial elections ever. Of the first time players, several have had the words “performing enhancing drugs” (and juicer) associated with their names, to greater or lesser degrees, including: Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader with 762. Roger Clemens, [...]
The Hall of Very Good website posted this interview with Norman Quebedeau, a San Francisco-based courtroom sketch artist in the Barry Bonds trial. You can more of Quebedeau’s sketches from his Facebook page here.
Because you can keepvolumes of law on a bookshelf: “Federal prosecutors have cut the number of felony charges Barry Bonds faces from 11 to five.”
Better late than never? From Fieldhouse of My Brain. Upshot: Fainaru-Wada and Williams really give the reader the ability to imagine how it was that Bonds became the all-time single-season home run champion around his 40th birthday, an age when ballplayers aren’t ballplayers anymore.
The new Eight Men Out, according to the NY Daily News (out of Hall of Fame consideratio, that is): Alex Rodriguez Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Mark McGwire Raphael Palmiero Ivan Rodriguez Gary Sheffield Sammy Sosa
First Esquire, then Details, now GQ. When I was on the Brooklyn College baseball team we had this guy, John Silviano, who was the epitome of style. He would award or deduct “GQ” points for various fashion combinations. Bar in mind, this was the mid 70s. But I digress. In the current edition, there are [...]
With the latest news of Rodriguez and Bonds comes a renewed cry to literally rewrite the record books. Tony Kornheiser has repeatedly called for some notation that many of these players are suspect. Let them into the Hall of Fame, he says, just make mention on the plaque that these guys might have cheated. Commissioner [...]
I’m including this one because the contributor of this essay is a published author (even if his main subject isn’t baseball). The subject of ethics has always intrigued me, so here’s one from John Marshall on “The baseball ethicist: Why nobody signed Barry Bonds.” Marshall is a professional ethicist, writer, lawyer and lifetime baseball enthusiast. [...]
According to this piece from the New York Daily News, Victor Conte’s tell-all book ’bout BALCO has hit a snag. Skyhorse Publishing originally hoped to release BALCO: The Straight Dope on Barry Bonds, Marion Jones and What We Can Do To Save Sports in September, but Conte’s book may not hit shelves until 2009, said [...]
The nominative all-time home run king turns 44 today. Despite the accusations, it’s still hard to believe that nobody wanted to sign him for the season. Coincidentally, this week’s Sports Illustrated features a piece on why he can’t seem to find gainful employment these days. The Amazon report on Barry Bonds: Game of Shadows: Barry [...]
It’s still early in the season, but the pitchers seem way ahead of the hitters. Some sluggers are faring pretty poorly (Carlos Delgado, Prince Fielder, Frank Thomas, among others). Run production is down, as are home runs. Seeing any correlation between this and the Mitchell Report? Speaking of steroids, Barry Bonds is still “on holiday,” [...]
The cover of the May Mad magazine features good ol’ Alfred E. Newman as Baseball’s Newest Mascot: Mr. Roids. The current issue also has a pertinent spin-off on the Roger Clemens AT&T wireless commercial, with Andy Pettitte at the other end of the line. There’s also “Things We’ll Probably Overhear at the Upcoming Barry Bonds [...]
From ESPN.com: Victor Conte will amp up the sports world once again — in a much different way, however. According to the New York Daily News, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative is working on a tell-all book that he claims will spill the dirt on athletes and federal gents.
Revisiting the Michael Lewis opus, which the writer deems “the most influential book of what’s now officially baseball’s Steroids Era,” has become joined at the hip with the recent release of the Mitchell Report. In this article from Slate.com, Tom Scocca wonders if Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics and the “protagonist” of [...]
As could be expected, the release of the Mitchell Report has nudged publisher Gotham/Dutton to rev up the press for a new run of Game of Shadows, by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. Read the Publishers Weekly item. Gotham publicist Beth Parker said the authors will team up to do a radio satellite book tour… [...]
There was a scene in the movie version of Eight Men Out in which Albert Austrian, head of the Black Sox’ team of lawyers, describes his colleagues. “Their names may not sound familiar, but I’d say that these men are the Ty Cobb, the Tris Speaker, and the Zack Wheat of the legal world.” Buck [...]
According to a report in Variety, Ron Shelton, who brought the baseball classic Bull Durham to the big screen, has been signed to turn Game of Shadows, the expose on Barry Bonds and steroids, into a HBO project. Shelton will write the script with his “Tin Cup” writing partner John Norville as soon as the [...]