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Bienvenue, Mets

March 25, 2014 · 0 comments

Because I have such an affinity for Montreal, the ancestral home of my mother’s side of the family, I enjoy anything that has to do with the Expos. I don’t care what anyone says, I loved Jarry Park, which, not unlike Ebbets Field was to some Brooklyn Dodger fans, was walking distance from my aunt’s […]

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This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]

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The Wall Street Journal ran this cute piece about several members of the NY Mets who got married during the off-season.

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Last month, Baseball Nation posted this entry about baseball-themed movie posters, even if the movies weren’t about the game itself, which led to some semantic reservations by yours truly. This time they come out and say that these are “The top 10 baseball scenes (in non-baseball movies)” The piece, by Jim Baker, is especially timely […]

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National Pastime Radio

September 24, 2013 · 0 comments

Long-time Mets broadcaster Howie Rose put in appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show earlier this month to discuss (ostensibly) his memoir, Put It In the Book!: A Half-Century of Mets Mania. You can listen to it here. * * * Baseball once again was a topic, albeit a brief one, on my favorite NPR show, […]

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There’s an old saying to the effect that it is better to be silent and have people wonder how dumb you are than open your mouth and eliminate all doubt. That’s the first thing that came to mind when I heard about remarks made by former NY Mets manager Bobby Valentine concerning the rival Yankees […]

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Actually, I found this on the top shelf of the linen closest but the principle is the same. This comes from the era when Trivial Pursuit was a big hit: Typical card: (Note the typo in the last question. See? It’s not just me.) Reminds me of a fold-out I recently tossed out (believe it […]

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Submitted for your interest from another semi-regular scan of new titles. It may seem unfair, but I do tend to judge e-books by their cover, especially when they are offered only in that format. It’s an indication of the time and effort the author/publisher puts into the project. Similarly, I’m basing my opinions strictly on […]

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Or “Methinks he doth protest too much.” I feel sorry for a lot of today’s celebrities, especially athletes. After years of (self?) denial, Lance Armstrong admitted he used performance enhancing drugs. Ballplayer after ballplayer swears on a stack of bibles that he’s clean, only to have the evidence turn out to prove him “misstating.” The […]

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Besides my own book, there are some titles I’m really looking forward to this season. Among them: Keepers of the Game: When the Baseball Beat was the Best Job on the Paper by Dennis D’Agostino The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age by Robert Weintraub Mickey […]

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Last Saturday, I had the honor of attending the book launch/birthday party for Greg Prince, author of the The Happiest Recap: First Base (1962-1973): 50 Years of the New York Mets As Told in 500 Amazin’ Wins (Volume 1). There will eventually be three additional volumes. Several of Prince’s friends were on hand at Foley’s, […]

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I haven’t done one of these in awhile. Part of it has been working on my own book (I’m almost done with the indexing), part of it was being without the computer (kind of surprised it’s lasted this long). So as a way to compensate, this episode is something of a Mets doubleheader. We have […]

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Program reminders

December 6, 2012 · 0 comments

Tonight 7 p.nm. at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, Ray Negron will discuss his new book, Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. I’ll have to read that one soon and compare it with Marty Appel’s Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Reggie and George. Next at the Clubhouse: […]

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Haven’t been posting much lately for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I’ve been working on the final galleys for the 501 book. Almost done with that and then I have to create the index, which should be interesting. I’ve also been researching a stand-alone web-presence for the book, which is proving a bit […]

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Review roundup, Sept. 28

September 28, 2012 · 0 comments

♦  The Atlantic published this piece by Luke Epplin on Tony La Russa’s new book, The Last Strike. The main complaint in the piece seems to be that a) La Russa doesn’t dish the dirt very much; and b) his role as a great strategist may be well-deserved, but too much detail doesn’t make for […]

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A while back I bought a Flip camera. Figured it would come in handy at some point. I took it to the Hofstra University Mets 50th Anniversary conference where I taped MLB historian John Thorn delivering the keynote address. Unfortunately that was all I was able to record because of battery issues. Have to figure […]

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Because he might have kept Buzz Capra’s cap on his bookshelf. You know, like a hunting trophy. Borbon, a reliever for the Big Red Machine in the 1970s, died Monday at the age of 65. During the 1973 playoff brawl between his Reds and the New York Mets, Borbon sprinted in from the bullpen to […]

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[Note: My spring baseball roundup appears on Bookreporter.com and is reposted here as individual reviews for your convenience.] In Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets, Bud Harrelson, a staple of the pennant-winning Mets of 1969 and 1973, offers a “throw-back” to the days when […]

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Five for fun

May 6, 2012 · 0 comments

My annual spring baseball book roundup appears on Bookreporter.com. Titles include: Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, by R.A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets, by Bud Harrelson and Phil Pepe Driving Mr. […]

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Spent a pleasant three days at Hofstra University’s conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets, much on on which later. Suffice it so say here that I met or re-meta lot of nice folks, many of whom are authors and/or bloggers, including my roomie, Matthew Silverman (several titles about the Mets), Stanley […]

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