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Jim Brosnan

A few weeks ago, I believe I was among the first in baseball circles to mention the passing of Jim Brosnan. In fact, I take at least some credit for his obit in The New York Times since Bruce Weber, who wrote the piece, had not heard of Brosnan’s death prior to my e-mail to […]

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As discussed last week, Jim Brosnan’s contribution to the world of sports memoir has gone under-noticed. Only a couple of obituaries have appeared — The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post among them. Nothing of consequence from ESPN, or even MLB.com. I reached out to a couple of literary gentlemen for their […]

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Have to rearrange the schedule a bit between last holiday weekend and next weekend’s vacation to California. So… Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, […]

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The former Major League pitcher and the first to adopt the behind-the-scenes memoir as an active player and set the path for future writers such as Jim Bouton, Dirk Hayhurst, and others, died on June 28 at the age of 84. Brosnan, who was 55-47 in nine seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, St. […]

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Review roundup, Nov. 2

November 2, 2012 · 0 comments

Sorry for the sporadic posts, but still trying to squeeze in a few entries as I can. ♦  The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., posted this review of Bushville Wins. Upshot: “…Klima intersperses interesting details with an obsession to link the team with Miller Brewing, the Milwaukee-based company that helped finance the new enterprise. There were […]

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Bits and pieces

February 10, 2012 · 2 comments

Haven’t done one of these in awhile, but I have a bit of backlog I’d like to clear, so here goes. * We’ll have to agree to disagree. One card collector can’t stand the new 2012 Topps series. Another calls it the best one yet. What do you think? * LibraryJournal.com posted this piece reviewing […]

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As I continue to do research for my own project, I get a kick when I find some old material that confirms I’m on the right track with some of my selections. Hey, it’s nice to find validation rom time to time, right? So today’s blast from the past is this brief appearance by the […]

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The predecessor to Jim Bouton turned 79 on Oct. 24. Brosnan wrote The Long Season and The Pennant Race two books while still a player, but they never received the notoriety or earned him the same pop culture recognition as Bouton. For what it’s worth, here’s an excerpt from his Wikipedia entry: The first of […]

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