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On the newstand

February 19, 2015 · 0 comments

And, no, that’s not a typo, because I consider the “new” part to be the important concept. Visited my local Barnes and Noble, ostensibly to pick up the new issue of Rolling Stone for their Saturday Night Live feature. While there, I came across this: Ordinarily, I don’t bother with stuff like this, but it […]

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Last month I received a copy of Chasing Dreams, the companion volume to the baseball exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Thumbing through it, I found this  portrait of Bernard Malamud, author of The Natural, one of the highest regarded baseball novels of all time. A few days afterwards, the cover story […]

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I’m going to be writing a lot in the days and weeks to come about the fun new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and its companion book, a lovely anthology. To kick things off, and in recognition of the NCAA basketball tournament, here’s […]

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One of the founding parents of what we now know as fantasy baseball was a guest on NPR’s quiz show, Ask Me Another. You can listen to his segment here. In addition to all the cool stuff they talk about on the show, Okrent is the author of several good baseball titles, including Nine Innings; […]

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[Note: My spring baseball roundup appears on Bookreporter.com and is reposted here as individual reviews for your convenience.] Former Sports Illustrated executive editor Rob Fleder assembled his own literary All-Star team for Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team. The roster includes such “players” as Roy Blount Jr., […]

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Some of the contributions for the new collaboration  Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team are dewy-eyed tributes, either about the team in general, or a player in particular, or a personal moment with a family member, bonding over a shared love. On the other end of the […]

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Veteran journalist Daniel Okrent has launched a web site to promote his new book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Frankly, it’s kind of bare bones, but it does include a page (mostly blurbs) about 9 Innings: The Anatomy of  Baseball Game, originally published in 1984 and revised in 2000. Here’s a review […]

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