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Gil Hodges

In addition to his “solo career,” such as one of my favorites, Cult Baseball Players: The Greats, the Flakes, the Weird and the Wonderful, Danny Peary knows how to work nice with other people. He’s served as co-author on memoirs such as Ralph Kiner’s Baseball Forever: Reflections on 60 Years in the Game as well […]

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Sorry, couldn’t come up with an appropriate theme. Last week I linked to the first week in Tom Hoffarth’s annual 30-books-in-30-days feature. Catching up: Day 8: Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Baseball, by Joe Siegman Day 9: A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball,by Jennifer Ring Day […]

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Were’ getting to the point where the new baseball titles — at least the ones not dedicated to the fantasy side — will be coming out hot and heavy. Given the state of print journalism, I wonder how much space will be devoted to individual reviews. I think we’ll see items like this from the […]

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Among the speakers at the Bergino: Thursday, March 5: Mort Zachter, Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life Thursday, March 12: Martha Jo Black, Joe Black: More than a Dodger Thursday, March 26: Matt Nadel, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers

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One of the things authors are called on to do more and more these days is create a web presence. Some are better than others, especially if they’re done by the publisher (but those are usually for high profile writers), but they all serve the common purpose of introducing their work to the public. I […]

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After not reading any baseball books for longer than I can remember (probably just a few months, that tells you a lot about my memory), I happily dove in to the new listings on Amazon. Herewith a sampling of what’s on the horizon. It’s a nice mix of the “comfort food” of baseball lit — […]

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Review roundup, Sept. 25

September 25, 2012 · 0 comments

♦  Baseball de World ran this review of Mike Shropshire’s Seasons in Hell. Upshot: “Overall, the story was a pleasure to read.” ♦  Here’s another review of the new Clint Eastwood project, Trouble with the Curve  (“Predictable”). And one from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (“a by-the-book romantic comedy that has the usual ingredients.”) ♦  A mini-review […]

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But will it work for Gil Hodges? In 2010, Danny Peary and Tom Clavin collaborated on Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero. In conversations, Peary made no bones about his desire to see Maris inducted into the Hall of Fame. Is this becoming a cause celebre for the writing team? Their newest project is Gil Hodges: […]

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Review roundup, Aug. 17

August 17, 2012 · 0 comments

♦ The Summer 2012 issue of Jewish Currents features a review by Cynthia Werthamer of Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League, by former IBL hurler Aaron Pribble. Upshot: “While Pribble’s book could do with less foreshadowing…, his retelling of the ups and downs […]

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The co-author (with Tom Clavin) of the new biography Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend will be at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. No doubt I will be doing a review (and perhaps another interview) in the weeks to […]

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Gil Hodges was born this date in 1924. While compiling my list of books about Hall of Famers, I couldn’t help but ask why some of these guys were in while someone like Hodges was out. Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family’s Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, […]

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I conducted this interview with the author of Praying for Gil Hodges for Bookreporter.com in 2005. * * * Bookreporter.com baseball specialist Ron Kaplan interviewed Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Oliphant about PRAYING FOR GIL HODGES, his bittersweet memoir about growing up as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the joy of celebrating their only […]

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The old Dodger slugger w0uld have been 84 today, not too unreasonable. But he died at age 48 while at spring trainer with the Mets. Some believe Hodges should be in the Hall of Fame. I’m not among them. In 18 seasons, he played in more than 140 games 10 times, and only twice hit […]

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