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Joe Posnanski

The excellent Joe Posnanski writes about Field of Dreams, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As such, the 1989 film, which was nominated for three Oscars and won several “best foreign language film” from international organizations, will no doubt he the subject of similar pieces, some which will heap praise, others derision. The next […]

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Nate Silver recently began his 538.com site under the aegis of ESPN. One would hope that he and his minions will produce a lot of smart sports (i.e., baseball) stuff. Obviously a site dedicated to projections and predictions has a lot of math to it. Ugh.But you have to take the “bad” with the good. […]

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Bits and pieces, Jan. 15

January 15, 2014 · 0 comments

Hey, if A-Rod can do it, why not Bud? Commissioner Selig has said he wants to write a book when he retires. For you Yankee and home run fans, this looks interesting: New York Yankees Home Runs: A Comprehensive Factbook, 1903-2012, by Mitchell S. Soivenski. It should not be surprising that this is a McFarland […]

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Came across this interesting item by Joe Posnanski on how the iconic baseball card company decides who gets the honors of the prime “real estate” of their annual output. At least that’s how it was in the 1976 set he bought on eBay. I haven’t bought sets in awhile; is that still the case? Also, […]

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♦ 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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It’s a date

January 15, 2011 · 0 comments

Because you can keep a page-a-day calendar on your bookshelf… Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posnanski riffs  his 2011 SI Calendar as a way of introducing some baseball history. As 2011 marks the 70th (!) anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Posnanski also notes the publication of Kostya Kennedy’s upcoming 56: Joe DiMaggio and the […]

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I can’t remember so much chatter on the web about the selections for the Hall of Fame as this year, both before the elections were held and after Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were voted in. Most are all about comparisons: why Player A should be in, especially if similar Player B was elected. The […]

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The cover of this week’s issue, which features Minnesota Twins’ power-hitter Jim Thome, struck me as eerily reminiscent of a long-ago photo: Well, maybe not so much, but pretty close. Anyway, Thome gets the main feature, written by Joe Posnanski. JoPos also writes about Derek Jeter’s upcoming free agency, but surprisingly, there’s no mention of […]

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Basketball preview this week, so not much in the way of baseball. Basically it’s Joe Posnanski on the Yankees.

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* Neo-classics?

October 19, 2009 · 0 comments

Several new titles consider World Series past. Two — by Joe Posnanski and Mark Frost — deal with the 1975 Red Sox-Reds contest, which was highlighted by Carlton Fisk’s game-winner in the sixth game, the closest to that point Boston had come to winning a title since 1918.  The next most recent is Perfect, by […]

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* TWIBB — October 16

October 16, 2009 · 0 comments

This week in baseball books, featuring the best-sellers according to Amazon.com on Friday, October 16. Title Rank General Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher & a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the Game is Played, by Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, and Lonnie Wheeler 1 The Machine: A Hot Team, a […]

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This fall there are three books that take a look at the American league Boston team in the World Series. One goes all the way back to 1912, the first “greatest” fall classic, as written by the NY Post‘s Mike Vacarro. The other two are slightly more contemporary: the 1975 meeting of the Red Sox […]

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* Seeing Reds

September 23, 2009 · 2 comments

Joe Posnanski’s new book, The Machine, is getting a lot of buzz these days, including: A brief note from the RedlegNation blog A little mutual admiration from his former employer, the Kansas City Star A review from Letters on Pages, which claims to offer “The Best Non-Fiction Book Reviews…Ever.” Unless the writer of this piece […]

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* Party question

September 10, 2009 · 2 comments

To break the ice at parties, some hosts might engage their guests in some questions, such as “Which character, real or fictional, would you enjoy having a dinner conversation with?” For many baseball fans, it might be Bill James, as Joe Posnanski, late of the Kansas City Star and new to SI.com, does in this […]

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From Bless You Boys, a Detroit Tigers Web site, this Q&A with the author of The Soul of Baseball.

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