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Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

I don’t like Manhattan very much for a variety of reasons. The noise, the crowds, the rush. But every once in awhile I venture in when the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse features an author event with a writer whose work I especially enjoy. Case in point, several weeks ago when Michael Leahy, author of the exceptional […]

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Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since Joe Pepitone came out with his version of Ball Four with Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud, co-written with Berry Stainback. I remember getting this when it first came out as a selection of the short-lived Sports Illustrated Book Club. It was re-issued last year as a […]

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Between the 30th anniversary of the 1986 World Championship and the afterglow of last year’s appearance in the Fall Classic, Mets fans will have a (Citi) field day as not one, not two, but… more… books about their team hits the shelves. Should have mentioned it earlier so I’ll start off with this: Greg Prince, […]

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Took one of my rare trips into the jungles of Manhattan to see Howard Megdal, he of the new book The Cardinals Way: How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same Time at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. It’s always great to reconnect with old friends. Jay Goldberg, Bergino’s congenial owner/event host is always […]

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(Note: I posted this originally on my blog about Jews and sports, but since it’s based on a fantastic baseball book, I thought it would be appropriate here as well.) And when I say “The Catch,” of course I’m talking about Willie Mays’ iconic grab in Game One of the 1954 World Series against the […]

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BBC owner Jay Goldberg does a great service in providing podcasts of his numerous author events. (I was honored to have one there when 501 came out in 2013.) The charming Manhattan store can only accommodate so many people and these audios allow far-flung baseball fans and readers to share in the fun. Among his […]

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Fountain — author of yet another book about the Black Sox Scandal — will be the featured guest at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. to discuss The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball. The 29th is an off day for the World […]

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Michael Garry, author of the new book Game of My Life New York Mets: Memorable Stories of Mets Baseball, will be the featured speaker at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Special guest for the event will be Ed Charles, third baseman for the 1969 World Champion team. […]

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If he had just been a Jewish ballplayer, dayenu, it would have been enough. If he had just been arguably the best pitcher of his generation, dayenu. But when Sandy Koufax declined to take the mound for the first game of the 1965 World Series? More than enough. Fifty years later, Koufax’s decision to sit […]

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The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in NYC will host a fundraising event with former NY Met favorite Mookie Wilson on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Wilson published his memoirs, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, with Erik Sherman last year. Jay Goldberg, the owner of Bergino, said in an e-mail: In brief, the event […]

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Another in a series of feeble attempts to catch up on older items. You will forgive the possible occasional duplication from previous entries. First off, well, this is kind of insulting to baseball and books. * Ed Lucas received a lot of attention for his recent memoir, and rightly so. I had a great conversation […]

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Normally, I post things like this beforehand… We attended our daughter’s graduation from NYU, held at Yankee Stadium (that’s her on the first base side. Not, not that one; that one, the cute one). Now normally, when a ballgame is over, the fans all skedaddle as quickly as possible. Yesterday, however, was wall-to-wall people, milling […]

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Among the speakers at the Bergino: Thursday, March 5: Mort Zachter, Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life Thursday, March 12: Martha Jo Black, Joe Black: More than a Dodger Thursday, March 26: Matt Nadel, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers

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I don’t get to New York City much these days and when I do, it’s usually to attend an event at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. Wish I could get to this one, though. I did a story about Gerberg several years ago when one of his collections came out. Unfortunately, it’s not on the newspaper’s […]

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Nicholas Dawidoff has pretty much done it all when it comes to non-fiction writing: memoir, biography, anthology. And done it all well. The Flyswatter, a sentimental recollection of his grandfather, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.  His first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, is considered the […]

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Trying to clear out the old mail box before the holiday: MLB historian John Thorn posted this photo on Facebook of a joint 1969 publication, ostensibly by Pete Rose and Denny McLain: At the time, Rose and McLain were the best in the game. Dayn Perry, author of a couple of baseball books of his […]

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Like any tool, social media can be a force for good if used properly. Case in point, it’s allowed me to “meet” some really cool people, including Dan Epstein, whose book tour for Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 brought him to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse last night. I […]

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I don’t usually do this, but since Peter Schwartz, co-author with John Sexton and Thomas Oliphant of Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game was nice enough to tweet about it, I figure, why not. Schwartz will be a guest speaker at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on March 6 (weather permitting; that’s […]

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There was a self-help book that came out awhile back called Eat the Frog. Don’t know where it came from since I never read this type of literature (not that there’s anything wrong with it). The premise is, you get the tough stuff out of the way first and the rest is easy-peasy. I guess […]

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Dan Gilbert, author of Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency, will be the featured speaker at the next Varsity Letters event hosted by Gelf Magazine on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at The Gallery at LPR,  158 Bleecker St. Gilbert, will be joined by Michael O’Keeffe, Teri Thompson, and […]

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