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Last we I received a copy of New York Yankees Home Runs: A Comprehensive Factbook, 1903-2012, published by McFarland. At first glance, it looked daunting: page after page tables and lists about one single item: the four-bagger. But on further consideration, I realized this was an impressive undertaking. After all, the Yankees are one of […]

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Forgive me if I can’t cite a specific source, but I ‘m guessing more books have been written about Babe Ruth than any other athlete. Stand to reason; Ruth made his major league debut 100 years ago as a phenom for the Boston Red Sox, so there’s been a lot of time to digest what […]

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Bits and pieces, Feb. 7

February 7, 2014 · 0 comments

“Roy Berger, a baseball aficionado since his childhood days growing up in New York, has written a humorous and popular first person look at the world of fantasy baseball camps, The Most Wonderful Week of the Year.” Now I realize this piece comes from a marketing company, but I’m still looking forward to reading it […]

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by Brook Zelcer and Jelena Aleksich. Self-published, $17. (thelittlebookofyankeesevil.com) A little book gets a little review. Zelcer, a New Jersey school teacher, compiles a list of almost 50 crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the hated (by some) franchise, either as an organization (when it “steals the design for the famous interlocking NY logo from a […]

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Bits and pieces, Jan. 23

January 23, 2014 · 0 comments

Looking over the over-looked in baseball book (etc.) news… Now that the Yankees have once again spent a gagillion dollars restocking their pond, it’s time for another book examining how eeeeee-vil they are. And that’s the premise (and most of the title) of The Little Book of Yankees Evil by Brook Zelcer and Jelena Aleksich. The […]

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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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This Yankees video trifecta is just too funny. John Sterling’s horrendous home run calls, ridiculous “pop” music background, and questionable editing. And this is a Yankees product! A shande, as my people say. Anyway, enjoy. (Thanks to the folks at Baseball Nation for the story link.)

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In a scene from the film version of Eight Men Out, Albert Austrian, the crackerjack attorney hired by Chicago White/Black Sox owner Charles Comiskey to defend his wayward players, is introducing his law partners to the defendants: Austrian: Their names may not sound familiar, but I’d say that these men are the Ty Cobb, the […]

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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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One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed being a member of the Society for American Baseball Research is the cool publications that come with the territory. Well, they’ve only gotten better in recent years. In addition to annual Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime, SABR has taken to paying tribute to some great ball clubs […]

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Boo-flippin’-hoo

March 20, 2013 · 0 comments

So the entitled Yankee fans are turning their backs on the Bronx Bombers because of a few injuries? Welcome to the world of every other baseball fan. Richard Sandomir chronicled the last time the Yankees fell so low — 1965 — which “No current Yankees player was alive to witness.” He gives a nod to […]

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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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Review roundup, Nov. 16

November 16, 2012 · 0 comments

♦  Bill Jordan at Baseball Reflections posted this on The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown. Upshot: “With the book being built around blurbs, instead of lengthy stories, it is a quick read and would be something that is easy to browse through. One might even call this a good book to read […]

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The author of the recent Yankees history, Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, was a guest on a recent installment of WNET’s MetroFocus.

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Bits and pieces

October 23, 2012 · 0 comments

A semi-occasional attempt to catch up on various items of literary (and other) interest. ♦  Keith Eggener published this nicely-illustrated piece on “The Demolition and Afterlife of Baltimore Memorial Stadium” on designobserver.com. I love finding baseball items from sources that are about as far away from baseball as you can get. ♦  As mentioned in […]

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The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse (67 East 11 Street, NYC, 212-226-7150 keeps the hot stove going with another series of authors discussions. All programs begin at 7 p.m. Where applicable, I’ve included links to my reviews of the books or other pertinent information. Guests include:  Jim (“No Realtion”) Kaplan, author of The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: […]

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Review roundup, Sept. 19

September 19, 2012 · 0 comments

The Hardball Times posted this review by David Wade of Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers, by former sports executive Ray Negron. Bill Jordan of Baseball Reflections followed in kind.  

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The author of Yankee Greats: 100 Classic Baseball Cards will be the featured guest at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Woods was a guest on a Bookshelf podcast back in June. From the press release: Yankee Greats features 100 baseball cards of the greatest and most popular […]

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Review roundup, Aug. 22

August 22, 2012 · 0 comments

♦ From the Tulsa World, this on on Robert Fitts’ Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan. Upshot: “It is very well-researched and a balanced account, but it occasionally threatens to sag under the weight of such details. Readers need not be fans of baseball to appreciate the sport […]

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Conducted my semi-regular scan of new titles. Submitted for your interest. 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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