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Richard Ben Cramer

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 […]


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 […]


The author of one of the most controversial baseball biographies died yesterday at the age of 62. Cramer published Joe DiMaggio : The Hero’s Life in 2000. Many fans of the Yankee Clipper were outraged as the author painted the legend in an unusually unflattering light. DiMaggio was cheap, ungracious, a womanizer (sometimes bordering on […]


So what do you think: will the reports of A-Rod on steroids help the sale of Joe Torre’s book? Not that it needs much in the way of a push, according to this piece in the New York Daily News. A suspicious person would wonder about the timing of the announcement. After all, it’s been […]


*Mr. Baseball, Esq.

August 25, 2008 · 0 comments

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Esquire magazine is running a series of — and on — “Page 75.” In the September issue we have a chance to recap several baseball stories that have run in the publication over the years including: “The Silent Season of a Hero,” by Gal Talese (July 1966) “What Do […]


What’s the difference between A-Rod and the Bambino? The way they have been treated by the media. In Ruth’s day, what happened behind bedroom doors (usually) stayed behind bedroom doors. That is not longer the case. Photographers and reporters hang around, just waiting for the opportunity to take an embarrassing picture. But according to this […]


Richard Ben Cramer, author of Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life, is working on a biography of American League MVP Alex Rodriguez. Last month, he told Publishers Weekly he expected A-Rod, who had declared free agency, to re-sign with his old team. So basically there were only two options: Either he would or he wouldn’t. Cramer […]


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