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 [...]
by Clay Snellgrove. Loaded Press, 2007. Those familiar with this blog know I’m not big on reviewing fiction. Most of the new stuff I’ve found disappointing but that’s just one man’s opinion. So it’s nice to come across a thoughtful and realistic story such as the one Clay Snellgrove tells in his simply-titled novel, The [...]
Don’t know how long this will last, but if you have a Kindle, I suggest you get over to Amazon and download Richard Doster’s novel Safe at Home for free ASAP. The story — about a young African-American trying to succeed on a minor league team in the deep South in the 1950s — is [...]
I don’t often read baseball fiction these days. I find them too hit-or-miss, pardon the metaphor. One problem is that authors often employ too much exposition, as if their readership knows nothing about the game. Those who do know a fair deal about how baseball is played or its history, might find this boring and [...]
Phil Mulshine reviews Bob Golon’s book in the Newark Star-Ledger. Upshot: The bulk of this book consists of a team-by-team account of the eight clubs that play in New Jersey. Golon visited them all and reports that he didn’t get “major-leagued” at any. He defines being “major-leagued” as “getting the distinct feeling of fan-unfriendliness that [...]
This article from Forbes reflects the tremendous increase in fan interest and, thereby, profits to be had in the minor leagues. There’s also a link to a slideshow about the 20 “best” MiLB teams.
The former general manager of the Burlington Indians and author of Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina, will be at the NewBridge Bank Park on Saturday, August 9.
From the Raleigh (NC) Chronicle: An exhaustive 400 page book coming off the presses in March will document the history of professional baseball in North Carolina and also features Durham’s pivotal role in Tarheel baseball. Entitled “Cradle of the Game”, the book’s author is Mark Cryan, who lives in Burlington. Cryan used to work in [...]
From BaseballCrank.com, this brief but fervent recommendation for John Sickels’ annual book.
Skyhorse Publishing, 2007 Rick Wolff hosts a straightforward radio show about youth sports on WFAN in the New York market. Many is the time I almost reached for the phone to put in my two cents on the topic of the day or ask advice concerning my own child’s situation. So it was with great [...]