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A fair share of the recent Cooperstown Baseball Symposium considered myriad aspects of Casey at the Bat, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. The esteemed sportswriter Frank Deford was the keynote speaker for the event. Deford contributed a speculative article, “Huge Commotion in Mudville” to the July 18, 1988 issue of Sports Illustrated. Shortly […]

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Bits and pieces, Nov. 15

November 15, 2012 · 0 comments

♦  Doug Glanville, author of The Game from Where I Stand: From Batting Practice to the Clubhouse to the Best Breakfast on the Road, an Inside View of a Ballplayer’s Life and a baseball analyst for ESPN, has launched a new endeavor: The Daddy Games, “Lessons and tidbits of wisdom gained from the sport of […]

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Former ML pitcher Bobby Ojeda published this lengthy piece in the May 26 New York Times about the pain incurred by his chosen profession. Yesterday he discussed it on NPR’s Fresh Air. Kind of surprising, since he’s not plugging a book… Frank Deford does regular commentary pieces for the public radio network. His latest considers […]

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Bits and pieces

June 9, 2011 · 0 comments

The semi-regular roundup of things I neglected to post previously. From DriveLineBaseball, this review of The Physics of Pitching: Learn the Mechanics, Science, and Psychology of Pitching to Success. Upshot: It “falls well short of [Robert K.} Adair’s classic text [The Physics of Baseball]. Sure, it looks a lot cooler (the photography is top notch), […]

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From Rich Karlgaard’s “Digital Rules” column on Forbes.com, this brief recommendation for Frank Deford’s latest: You’re Entitled early each spring to read at least one good baseball book. Slide into Frank Deford’s novel, The Entitled, now out in paperback (Sourcebooks). This fine work ranks with Field of Dreams and The Natural. His praise, indeed, but […]

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If you’re going to give a book, give big, I always say. Coffee table editions are especially welcome and if the topic happens to be baseball, so much the better. It sometimes seems unfair that publications like Sports Illustrated can simply reach into 50 years-worth of archives at any time and pull a gem out […]

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