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An early start today because work. NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read […]

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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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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Notice how at this time of year “mainstream” (i.e., non-sports) writers and media in general come up with all sorts of “interesting” features about baseball? Here’s one about the “fine art” of scorekeeping now that the LA Dodgers are in the postseason. W.P. Kisnella‘s Shoeless Joe is listed among “5 books that influenced lives in […]

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I picked up a couple of books at the library recently and, lo and behold, found some baseball in ’em. 100 of the Worst Ideas in History, by Michael Smith and Eric Kasum, includes three items on the national pastime in the chapter “Stupidity at a Major League Level.” Each contains the following: “The genius […]

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Does a review carry more weight if it’s done by A Hall of Famer-award winning writer? In this case, Paul Hogan who received the Spink Award for 2013 for contributions to baseball writing published this one about Tim Hornbaker’s Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey on the MLB website. […]

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Bits and pieces

October 2, 2012

♦  The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel published this piece by Mark Souder, a former congressional representative, about his favorite White Sox books, including this year’s Paul Dickson contribution, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick. ♦  Tony La Russa is making the rounds on his book tour. He was a recent guest on NPR’s The Leonard Lopate Show (which […]

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The High Holy Days are upon us and each year brings the inevitable question: will the handful of Jewish Major Leaguers play on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, or will they sit? The most prominent stars to refrain from taking the field during this time were Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax […]

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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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Kelly D. Cleaver Sr. recently published Sorry Kid, I Don’t Much Feel Like Playing Today which, according to the blurb on the iUniverse publishing site, “settles the debates once and for all by breaking down each player’s contributions on a play-by-play basis. Section one addresses Chicago’s pitching and fielding, while section two is all about […]

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Hall of Famer Early Wynn was born this date in 1920. He hung around for 23 Years, missing the whole 1945 season for military service. I was under the impression that he retired right after he won his coveted 300th game, but I was in error. He actually appeared in another15 games after his July […]

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Triumph and Tragedy: The 1919 Chicago White Sox is scheduled to premiere on  Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9pm ET/8pm CT on the MLB Network. The one-hour made-for-television program features some members of the Field of Dreams Ghost Players.

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Crossing Jordan?

August 27, 2010

Haven’t seen too many of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, but happened on this one while flipping through the dial. Jordan Rides the Bus is a nifty piece by Ron (Bull Durham) Shelton that takes a studied look at Michael’s days as member of the Birmingham Barons, a minor team in the Chicago White […]

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White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen and sportswriter Mark Gonzales will sign copies of Gonzales’ book, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Heart-pounding, Jaw-dropping and Gut-wrenching Moments from Chicago White Sox History, on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Downers Grove Recreation and Fitness Center, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL The Amazon […]

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* Hail to the chief

November 5, 2008

Congratulations to Barack Obama, our new commander in chief. Whew. The New York Times‘ Alan Schwarz wrote this piece on Chicago White Sox’ GM Kenny Williams and Obama. Looks like we’ll need a revision here:

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The Chicago Post-Tribune ran this feature on the author of several White Sox books, including Chicago White Sox: 1959 and Beyond and South Side Hitmen: The Story of the 1977 Chicago White Sox.

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A couple of noteworthy pieces in the Sept. 22 issue: “Chicago Style,” a collaborative effort on the White Sox and Cubs, full of entertaining factoids (102 according to the cover). “The Authenticators,” by Colin Fleming, on how to spot the real deal in the memorabilia world. including a sidebar on the Honus Wagner card

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Mariotti, an “the opinionated and polarizing sports columnist” who frequently made White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen the target of his antipathy, has resigned from the Sun-Times. In a city with a strong sports journalism tradition, Mariotti was regarded as one of the leading columnists and certainly the most provocative. With a style that relied on […]

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