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Review roundup, Jan. 17

January 17, 2013

Won’t you come home, James Bailey? After a considerable absence from the blogosphere, Bailey returns to critique action with reviews on One Patch of Grass (upshot: “The champions and the cellar dwellers all get their due in One Patch of Grass, whether in the longer “innings” chapters or in the dozens of sidebars, charts, and […]

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Review roundup, June 13

June 13, 2012

♦ The Wilmington Star News posted this review of James Bailey’s novel Bull Durham. Upshot: “The Greatest Show on Dirt will appeal to any hardcore reader of box scores who doesn’t mind the feel of wooden bleachers and isn’t put off by tobacco chaws.” ♦ This review of Robert Fitts’ Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During […]

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[Note: My spring baseball roundup appears on and is reposted here as individual reviews for your convenience.] Jim Abbott tells an old-fashioned tale of hard work, dedication, and refusing to give up in Imperfect: An Improbable Life, co-written by Tim Brown. Born without a right hand, Abbott nevertheless gained success as an outstanding athlete. […]

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Review roundup, May 2

May 2, 2012

♦ 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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Review roundup, May 1

May 1, 2012

♦ The Oklahoman reviewed R.A. Dickey’s memoir. Upshot: “This isn’t just a book about baseball. It’s a book, as Dickey often said, about hope. Hope of attaining his dream. Hope of being happy. Hope of proving people wrong about being a knuckleball pitcher. How he reaches each point of hope is an incredible journey, and […]

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The airwaves sure have been busy over the past few days. ♦ Jim Abbott (Imperfect: An Improbable Life) was a guest on yesterday’s Leonard Lopate Show. I find it interesting that the subtitle does not include “Baseball,” as in “An Improbable Baseball Life.” ♦ John Grisham, author of Calico Joe  was a guest on Only […]

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Review roundup, April 2

April 2, 2012

♦ Bill Jordan at Baseball Reflections on Tim Wendel’s Summer of 68. ♦ Tom Hoffarth kicked off his annual “30 book in 30 days” feature yesterday with Baseball Prospectus 2012. Today’s book is Trading Manny: How a Father & Son Learned to Love Baseball Again, by Jim Gullo. (Here’s another review from The Oregonian.) ♦ Sticking […]

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The author of Imperfect: An Improbable Life, written with Tim Brown, will appear Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, New York, NY (212-362-8835) Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA (714-897-8781) Monday, April 16,  7 p.m. at Book Revue, 313 New York […]

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