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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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* Vincent on Terkel

November 12, 2008

Former Commissioner Fay Vincent, author of two books of oral baseball history (most recently, We Would Have Played the Game for Nothing), wrote this tribute to fellow oral historian Studs Terkel for the Florida-based TCPalm.com site.

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Jonathan Mahler, author of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City, gives Fay Vincent’s book the treatment in The New York Times. Upshot: Mahler considers the effort serviceable. Nothing especially glowing, nothing especially critical. I have often thought that having reviews coming from […]

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The Memphis Commercial Appeal offers this “capsule” review of Fay Vincent’s second volume of oral history on the players of the the 1950s and 1960s. Not quite The Glory of Their Times, but as baby boomers get older, these are the heroes of their youth. As can be expected of a book of this kind, […]

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