I highly recommend Pocket as a way to hold onto links you come that you want to keep. Unlike bookmarks, Pocket keeps the entire page and makes it relative easy for you to find stuff you “pocketed.” I have keepers going back six years — more than 5,000 links — and I’ve decided it’s time […]
JewishBaseballNews posted this review about Third Base For Life: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons, and Baseball, by Joshua Berkowitz. The book’s official website carries a few more reviews. Speaking of Father’s Day, here’s a piece from the Deseret News on Trading Manny: How a Father and Son Learned to Love Baseball Again, bu Jim Gullo, […]
Spitball magazine is running several reviews on its website, including: High Heat Rum Point Fifty-Nine in ’84 Roger Maris: Baseball;’s Reluctant Hero
The Globe featured several titles in this roundup, including Bruce Weber’s As They See ‘Em, Charles Fountain’s Under the March Sky, and Peter Morris’ Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero, as well as a few Sox-centric books.
In addition to Opening Day, this is the time of year when the media jumps on the baseball book review bandwagon. Here’s a batch of the best, according to SFGate.com, including: As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires, by Bruce Weber (Simon and Schuster; 341 pages; $26) Under the March […]
This site offers dozens of reviews of baseball titles written by readers like ourselves (Scroll down to “sports”; there’s a link specifically for baseball titles). Typically, the publisher’s press release tops the individual page, followed by reader reviews and ratings. Think Amazon.com without all the ordering information and clutter. Like most criticism, the reviews can […]
From Hour.ca, a Canadian Website, these briefs on: Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing at Baseball Baseball’s Best 1,000: Rankings of the Skills, the Achievements and the Performance of the Greatest Players of All Time The Worst Call Ever! (not strictly a baseball book, but close enough for jazz) Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World’s […]
In my “travels,” I’ve come across a few other book review sites. In the interest of literary cooperation, I’m listing them here for your perusal: The Baseball Book Blog. Seems to be a frequently-updated list of baseball bestsellers according to Amazon.com, with some other book news. The Baseball Book Review. Just what it says: reviews […]
This duet of mini-reviews includes: Benchclearing: Baseball’s Greatest Fights and Riots, by Spike Vrusho The Worst of Sports: Chumps, Cheats, and Chokers from the Games We Love, by Jesse Lamovsky, Matthew Rosetti and Charlie Demarco Detect a theme here?
Surprise, surprise. The Boston Phoenix finds fault with Richard Bradley’s new book on the 1978 playoff game between the Yankees and Red Sox. Perhaps had it turned out differently… “I don’t know about your reading habits,” writes George Kimball, “but when I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is […]
A set of mini-reviews, mostly of older titles, from the Desert Sun, including: Playing With The Enemy, A Baseball Prodigy, A World at War and a Field of Broken Dreams, by Gary Moore. Teammates, A Portrait of a Friendship, by David Halberstram. Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, by David Maraniss. The […]
[This piece appears in the May/June issue of ForeWord Magazine.] Baseball books: Class is in session The notion that baseball is a metaphor for life has been around since man first took bat to ball. In reality, it’s more appropriate to say that the national pastime is a metaphor for education; academic disciplines that baseball […]
This collection of mini-reviews includes: Anatomy of Baseball The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Pittsburgh Pirates Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 Phillies Ty Cobb: Safe at Home Keeping Score Change Up: An Oral History of 8 Key Events That Shaped Baseball
The Anatomy of Baseball anthology is getting a good deal of press these days. Here’s a critique from the National Sports Review. It’s also included in this Boston Globe roundup, which includes an interewsting and unusual collection of titles, such as Sort of Gone: Poems by Sarah Freligh ; The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I Finally […]
I have given major props to the L.A. Daily News‘ Tom Hoffarth for his thoughtful month-long series of baseball book reviews. Today’s the last day, so here’s his “whole freakin’ list” which lists and links all 30 titles. He was also gracious enough — self-promotion alert — to mention The Bookshelf in his wrap-up. Thanks […]
LA Daily News sportswriter Tom Hoffarth, a sportswriter/blogger for the LA Daily News, has undertaken the task of highlighting 30 baseball books during the month of April. In his first entry on his entertaining “Farther off the Wall” blog (well, it’s almost an anagram of his name), he explains his project: Baseball books by the […]
Allan Barra wrote a similar piece for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In this one, he adds Keeping Score, by Linda Sue Park, and Ty Cobb, Safe at Home, by Don Rhodes, while “contracting” Change Up.
With the dozens of new titles out each year, it’s interesting to see if there’s a consensus among the major media as to which titles to promote. I’ll be looking into that further a bit later, when more data comes in. For now, here’s the take from the Sun-Times: Change Up: An Oral History of […]