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Hank Aaron

Forty years. It’s been four decades — the amount of time the Children of Israel were wandering through the desert — sine Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. And there are more than a few fans who believe he still holds that record, Barry Bonds be damned. As Aaron was approaching the […]

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Posted on Facebook by John Rosengren, author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes: Babe Ruth’s birthday today. Born 1895. Hank Greenberg thought Babe was the greatest ballplayer ever. In early 1947 he visited Ruth at his Riverside apartment while the Babe was recovering from throat cancer surgery and on a doctor-prescribed beer diet to […]

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Literary birthday greetings: 1934 – Hank Aaron, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer Previous Aaron birthday entry. 1946 – Norm Miller, outfielder To All My Fans From Norm Who?, by Miller, Double Play Productions, 2009. 1968 – Roberto Alomar, infielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (Latinos in Baseball), by Norman Macht, Mitchell Lane Publishers, 1998. […]

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I was tooling around the Internet recently and came across an item about Joe Garagiola, the former catcher who enjoyed a second act as author of the well-received Baseball Is a Funny Game. (More recently, Garagiola wrote It’s Anybody’s Ballgame and, most recently, Just Play Ball. What I also learned was that Jolly Joe was […]

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♦ Recently “discovered” At Home Plate, a nice little baseball site that posts the occasional review. Recent titles include Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George “Boomer” Scott The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast league, 1903-1957 Hit By Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays, and the Fatal Fastball Wherever I Wind Up: […]

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According to this piece on The Hollywood Reporter site, there’s a new feature film in the works (or at least on the drawing board) focusing on Hank Aaron’s career as he marched towards the all-time home run record between 1972 and 1975. The film, which will be directed by Barry (The Natural) Levinson, was adapted […]

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One of the legends of the sportswriting world passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Bisher began writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 1950, retiring in 2009. he began his newspaper career in 1938 at the Lumberton Voice in North Carolina. I recall him from his work as a region writer covering the […]

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From the Baseball-Reference.com Bullpen: San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry connects for his first Major League homer, to beat the Dodgers, 7 – 3. The previous year, Giants’ manager Alvin Dark had remarked that “They’ll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run.” Perry’s homer comes about 20 minutes after the club house […]

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As of this writing, Derek Jeter stands just four hits away from the magical 3,000. ESPN is working on Derek Jeter 3K, a  “documentary” “Set to Air Just Weeks After 3,000th Hit,” according to a press release. Can the souvenir t-shirts, caps, etc. be far behind? The name seems like a natural for a video […]

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The winner of the 2010 CASEY Award, given to the best baseball book of the year by Spitball Magazine, is  Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. Bryant also won the award in 2002 for Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, thus becoming the first author […]

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As I mentioned in a previous entry, look for new bios about Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven to come out before the inductions (I wouldn’t be surprised if manuscripts are in prep already). I was wondering: out of all the personnel — players, executives, managers, etc. –  enshrined to the Hall of Fame, how many […]

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Readers, take “note”

December 8, 2010 · 0 comments

Three baseball entries are among the non-fiction titles on The New York Times as “100 Notable Books of 2010.” THE LAST BOY: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. By Jane Leavy. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) Many biographies of Mantle have been written, but Leavy connects the dots in new and disturbing ways. THE LAST HERO: […]

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The Buffalo News posted this one. Upshot: First came “Willie Mays — The Life and Legend” by James S. Hirsch, which skillfully reminded everyone why we remember the Giants’ center fielder as the most exciting player of his time. Following that in the order is “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron.” Howard Bryant’s […]

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Spanning the Globe

May 17, 2010 · 0 comments

The Boston Globe has been active on the baseball review front of late. Bill Nowlin, author of several titles on the Red Sox, contributed this piece on Howard Bryant’s bio of Hank Aaron for today’s edition. Yesterday, Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, considered two baseball titles — Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker […]

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I was reading this New York Times review of Howard Bryant’s new biography, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, when the title hit me. The Last Hero. What does that say about us? Are heroes just for kids? Have we become so jaded that such an idea seems old-fashioned? I probably say this […]

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* Timing is everything

February 9, 2010 · 2 comments

Here’s to the Class of 2010. And I don’t mean the newest Hall of Famers. How cool is it that this year marks the release of biographies on some of the true icons of the game? The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, by Howard Bryant The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End […]

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The man considered by more than a few to be the “real” all-time home run king turns 76 today. At the risk of appearing lazy (I prefer to consider it “recycling”) here’s a link to last year’s birthday tribute to Hammerin’ Hank with a list of books about the Hall of Fame slugger. Howard Bryant’s […]

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When the superstars of baseball want their story told, they know where to go. Lonnie Wheeler has collaborated with such Hall of Famers as Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, and, most recently, Gibson and Reggie Jackson in Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher & a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the […]

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* For the records

February 15, 2009 · 0 comments

With the latest news of Rodriguez and Bonds comes a renewed cry to literally rewrite the record books. Tony Kornheiser has repeatedly called for some notation that many of these players are suspect. Let them into the Hall of Fame, he says, just make mention on the plaque that these guys might have cheated. Commissioner […]

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Henry Aaron — whom some believe is still the real all-time home run king — turns 75 today. Where does the time go? Aaron has been the subject of many books over the years, quite a few of which came out in 1974-75, as he was approaching Ruth’s record. I still have baseball magazines from […]

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