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Review roundup

July 27, 2017

Once again, a semi-regular attempt to catch up on reviews from other sources… From BlueBirdBanter, a Blue Jays-centric site — this on Stacey May Fowles’ Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me. Upshot: ” It is deeply human and relatable, even when dealing with uncomfortable situations which would be easier to gloss over.” From […]

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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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  Re-routed from a post on Facebook by the Hall of Fame: A busy week of Author Series events is coming to the Hall of Fame next week, as we lead up to this year’s Induction Ceremony on July 24. On Wednesday, July 20, longtime author Dan Schlossberg will discuss his newest book, 14 Flags […]

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Editor’s note: It’s always great to be able to provide a guest column. This one comes from Thomas Danielson, a freelance writer who has loved baseball ever since he went to his first live game at Fenway Park. It’s especially timely given the previous entry on the Bookshelf.  * * * * * In 2004, […]

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Coming down the pike

November 24, 2015

Five new baseball titles from the University of Nebraska Press (“home” of 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die) in their Spring & Summer 2016 catalog, including: Hairs vs. Squares: The Mustache Gang, the Big Red Machine, and the Tumultuous Summer of ’72, by Ed Gruver Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977–-78 […]

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Very little grass grows under Lonnie Wheeler’s feet. His second-most recent title, Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games, was released on August 11 and less than two months later we have Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game, the third book he has done with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson. (Actually, […]

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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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MLB saves some trees

March 19, 2015

I still have a few of these hanging around the house. MLB has decided to eliminate the paper ballots available at ballparks (and retail outlets? Have they still been doing that over the past few years?) and have fans vote for their favorite All Stars via electronic devices. Perhaps they were worried about hanging chads? […]

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National Pastime Radio

July 28, 2014

Among the other things I’ve neglected to post recently was the cornucopia of recent NPR programs featuring baseball, in one form or another. On All-Star Game Tuesday (July 15) Leonard Lopate interviewed Ken Griffey Sr., author of Big Red: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine You can listen to that segment […]

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All of these came in this week from my “alma mater,” the University of Nebraska Press. So many books, so little time.    

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All-Star News Blues

July 6, 2012

We have reached the time of the year where everyone (players, managers, sports media, fans) grouse about the All-Star game. Primarily it’s because their favorite player was snubbed, or that some standout veteran on his way to retirement should get one last hurrah on the national stage. The debates are (seemingly) endless. Just to point […]

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TWIBB: Nov. 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

The top baseball books, according to Amazon.com as of Friday, Nov. 5 at Noon. Title Rank General The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, by Jane Leavy 1 Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown 2 Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, […]

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* Neo-classics?

October 19, 2009

Several new titles consider World Series past. Two — by Joe Posnanski and Mark Frost — deal with the 1975 Red Sox-Reds contest, which was highlighted by Carlton Fisk’s game-winner in the sixth game, the closest to that point Boston had come to winning a title since 1918.  The next most recent is Perfect, by […]

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This fall there are three books that take a look at the American league Boston team in the World Series. One goes all the way back to 1912, the first “greatest” fall classic, as written by the NY Post‘s Mike Vacarro. The other two are slightly more contemporary: the 1975 meeting of the Red Sox […]

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* Seeing Reds

September 23, 2009 · 2 comments

Joe Posnanski’s new book, The Machine, is getting a lot of buzz these days, including: A brief note from the RedlegNation blog A little mutual admiration from his former employer, the Kansas City Star A review from Letters on Pages, which claims to offer “The Best Non-Fiction Book Reviews…Ever.” Unless the writer of this piece […]

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The cover story is Insane Bolt and his record-breaking performances. As far as baseball goes: MLB Poll: Who’s the biggest Chatty Kathy on the field? With the final month of the season about to begin, Tom Verducci looks at those players that might make the difference between the post-season and the off-season for some teams, […]

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From the Cincinnati Enquirer, this piece about a new biography on Bob Howsam by author Daryl Smith. I wonder if there was a reason the writer doesn’t actually mention the title of the book in the article? The Amazon Report: Making the Big Red Machine: Bob Howsam and the Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s

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The two-time NL batting champion and Hall of Fame inductee (1962), was born this date in 1893. Roush was a member of the Cincinnati Reds that faced the White Sox in the 1919 World Series. The Amazon Report on Edd Roush: Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 […]

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Lest we forget: Bob Howsam

February 19, 2008

The former general manager of the Cincinnati Reds of the Big Red Machine era, died at the age of 89. Howsam was also GM for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1964-66, right before the team won back-to-back pennants.

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