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Bud Harrelson

[Note: My spring baseball roundup appears on Bookreporter.com and is reposted here as individual reviews for your convenience.] In Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets, Bud Harrelson, a staple of the pennant-winning Mets of 1969 and 1973, offers a “throw-back” to the days when […]

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Five for fun

May 6, 2012

My annual spring baseball book roundup appears on Bookreporter.com. Titles include: Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, by R.A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets, by Bud Harrelson and Phil Pepe Driving Mr. […]

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Any middle-aged, self-respecting New York baseball fan knows the name Phil Pepe. He was the Yankees beat writer for the World Telegram & Sun from 1961-64, and for the Daily News from 1971-84. He’s enjoyed a long run on radio, too, serving as the sports voice for WCBS-FM when it was still an oldies station, […]

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Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets, by Bud Harrelson with Phil Pepe. Thomas Dunne Books, 2012. Harrelson’s new book is a bit a throwback. One could easily imagine reading this in the pre-Ball Four era. Other than a scant mention of disappointment for the […]

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Over the past few days, a number of interesting items have come my way. Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball–and America–Forever, by Tim Wendel, makes me feel old. “History” should only apply to events that took place before I was born. This was the first year I really started paying attention to baseball […]

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Frankly, I’m surprised more former Mets aren’t hopping on the 50th anniversary bandwagon with books. Buddy Harrelson, one of the team’s early stars, is coming out with Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets (with Phil Pepe). I have to say, that’s an odd name; […]

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Bud Harrelson, the Mets’ shortstop of my youth, turns 66 (!) today. He published How to Play Better Baseball, an instructional, in 1972 and is a staple of any book on Mets’ history. Also born this date, Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey (1907). Amazingly, there is no stand-alone biography on Dickey, although he’s […]

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