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Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf

Several years ago — before I even conceived of doing my 501 book — I saw a program on the then-fledgling MLB Network featuring Zev Chafets talking about the new Hall of Fame elections. Chafets was on in his capacity as author of the book Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the […]


(In deference to our vegetarians out there). Steve Pona is the randomly-selected winner of the September Bookshelf Friend prize, Chicago Cubs Cookbook: All-Star Recipes from Your Favorite Players. The October book will be determined in the near future.


Congratulations to Dan Epstein, this month’s Facebook Fan prize winner of Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert:The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson, by Timothy Gay. Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass and a previous guest on the Bookshelf. The July giveaway will be a copy of Will Leitch‘s Are […]


A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio’s Baseball Digest Live. Kind of suspected things were going downhill fast when the host got my name wrong. Oh well. I excerpted the segment FYI. Hear it here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]


For those of you who have expressed a curiosity as to my personal library, here’s a sampling: Most of the books are in the attic, which I know isn’t a great idea for any number of reasons. Before the great flood of ’08, I had a nice bunch of book cases, but afterward, once we […]


Please forgive the little glitches as we move the Bookshelf. You know how it is, you have to take everything out, move it, and put everything back in place again. It always seems to take longer than planned. So, please, if you see anything amiss, let us know. The WordPress-hosted version was quite simple; now […]


Welcome to Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf, 2.0. With this self-hosted version, I hope to be able to bring new features, interviews, etc. in the days and weeks (and months and years) ahead. In the near future, we’ll have original audio interviews with such author as as Danny Peary (Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero), Josh Wilker […]


Begging your indulgence, but here’s a request to readers of the Bookshelf to kindly take a moment, scroll down to the “blogged” symbol on the right (near the site counter), and rate this humble enterprise. You don’t have to leave comments, but I’d appreciate the input. Many thanks, The Management


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January 20, 2009 · 0 comments

When I first started out with the Bookshelf, I just thought it would be a fun way to kill some time. But it seems to have grown on some of you baseball literati out there. The Bookshelf may not be the Huffington Post or even Baseball-Reference, but it’s still fun to do. I hope it […]


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