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The Passover holidays have played havoc with my schedule, so there’s a lot to catch up on. First off, can you remember those Bicentennial Minutes that CBS used to broadcast in the months leading up to the big celebration? Well, Dan Epstein, author of the new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial […]

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The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way. Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work. Caveat 3: […]

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Forgive me if I can’t cite a specific source, but I ‘m guessing more books have been written about Babe Ruth than any other athlete. Stand to reason; Ruth made his major league debut 100 years ago as a phenom for the Boston Red Sox, so there’s been a lot of time to digest what […]

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This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]

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There’s no off-season anymore. As soon as one is done, it’s time to plan for the next. This probably isn’t anything new, but it sure gets more attention, thanks to 24/7 cable sports networks and the Internet. Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story […]

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If you thought it was a stretch to make a feature film out of Michael Lewis’ non-fiction baseball classic Moneyball, what say you about Buzz Bissinger’s Three Nights in August, which considers a 2003 series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs? According to this piece on variety.com, Billy Bob Thornton will play the […]

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This screen cap comes from the trailer for Revolution, a new NBC science fiction program coming this fall. The show is set 15 years into the future, when electrical power has disappeared all over the planet. With the Cubs’ luck, they were probably leading in the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World […]

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Because you can keep a TV on a bookshelf: Although I actually prefer the shorter version: Love the eye-roll when the Cubs’ fan refers to the “elegantly-coiffed ex-governor.”

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Several new titles arrived over the past week including: Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs’ Glory Years, 1870-1945, by Randy Roberts and Carson Cunningham A People’s History of Baseball, by Mitchell Nathanson Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, by Paul Dickson (Of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary fame) The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball […]

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ESPN does The Bartman

September 26, 2011 · 0 comments

No, not the music video from The Simpsons, but one of their excellent “30 for 30″ documentary films. Catching Hell, which also tells the story of Bill Buckner’s ill-timed error in game Six of the 1986 World Series,  airs tomorrow on ESPN at 8 p.m. EST. It is one of the entries in the Baseball […]

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Last weekend’s interleague series between the Red Sox and Cubs was the impetus for this New York Times story that “reveals” the idea of throwing a World Series did not originate with the Black Sox of 1919, but the year before when Boston and Chicago last faced each other at Fenway Park. The Times’ piece […]

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With the Red Sox having broken their long, long streak without a World Championship, the Cubs are still standing at the wall, waiting to get into the dance. Chicago Heights Patch, one of the new trend of  hyper-local sites, published this story about an appearance by Charles Billington, author of the 2005 book Wrigley Field’s […]

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Todd Ricketts, one of the owners of the Chicago Cubs, goes undercover within one of baseball’s most famous franchises and fights for the chance to redeem himself after being let go on the second day on UNDERCOVER BOSS, Sunday, Nov. 7 on CBS! Related articles Chicago Cubs Exec Throws a Curve to ‘Undercover Boss’ (dailyfinance.com) […]

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Apropos of the interview I did with Favorite PASTimes, here’s a profile on Troy Soos, author of the Mickey Rawlings series of historical baseball mysteries, I did for the Summer 1998 edition of The Mystery Review, a defunct Canadian publication. * * * The manicured grass of the baseball field doesn’t grow under Troy Soos’ […]

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* Bits and Pieces

June 17, 2009 · 0 comments

Time to play a little catch-up: From Pressboxonline.com, a Baltimore-sports oriented site, a review of Bert Randolph Sugar’s new coffee table book about the Hall of Fame. “[The author] left nothing out and I can’t think of a better way to educate those whom are grasping for a better understanding of baseball’s history than to […]

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By George Castle (Lyons Press) As per the Seattle Times. First LaRussa, then Torre, now Pinella? Upshot: “[R]eaders will find a different Piniella than the man who managed the Mariners to four postseason appearances.”

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I have a copyright infringement issue. In describing the final weekend of the NFL regular season, the Dec. 29 digital issue Sporting News Today caries the headline “Crazy ’08.” Problem is, that title was already taken, by Cait Murphy in her excellent book about the Chicago Cubs. No doubt this was meant as an homage […]

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An Unofficial Journal of Baseball’s Best Fans, Volume #1 By Will Byington It takes a special person to be a Cubs fan. With such a rich history of failure and disappointment, some would call them masochists, but looking at the photos and reading the stories in Byington’s new book, they seem happy enough. (Of course, […]

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From the blog: Wrigley Field And from the book by the same name: The Boston Red Sox Though many would argue that the Chicago Cubs are the top club for white people, the Boston Red Sox remain the undisputed white franchise. In fact, were it not for the players, there would be no recorded instances […]

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