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The Baseball Bio-Pic

November 21, 2017 · 0 comments

I was at work the other day and the conversation turned to movies. I talked about a recent bio-pic and one of my younger colleagues did not know what that was. I was kind of surprised but then realized, a) not everyone is a movie buff; b) a movie buff might not like bio-pics; c) […]

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From the editors of Spitball Magazine, here are the finalists for the 2014 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year: Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson, by Doug Wilson The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title that Became a National Obsession, by Rick Huhn The Fight of […]

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Bits and pieces, April 23

April 23, 2014

Looking over the overlooked in baseball book news: Tidewater Tides manager Ron Johnson gets a nice profile based on his inclusion in John Feinstein’s Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by John Feinstein. Speaking of which, the Roanoke Times posted this review of the book. Speaking of reviews, Philly.com posted this one on Jackie and Campy, […]

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Bits and Pieces, April 18

April 18, 2014

The Passover holidays have played havoc with my schedule, so there’s a lot to catch up on. First off, can you remember those Bicentennial Minutes that CBS used to broadcast in the months leading up to the big celebration? Well, Dan Epstein, author of the new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial […]

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All of these came in this week from my “alma mater,” the University of Nebraska Press. So many books, so little time.    

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Baseball book ‘prospects’

February 27, 2014

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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Grant Brisbee over at Baseball Nation posted this original entry. This is so cool. Could we get contestants on today’s game shows to dress up like that? Of all people to be on the panel — Chuck Connors, who had one at bat for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. Many players appeared on What’s My […]

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The winner of the 2011 CASEY Award will be announced Monday, January 23. Finalists for the coveted literary prize include: The Art of Fielding: A Novel, by Chad Harbach Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game, by John Thorn The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs, […]

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The editors of Spitball released their list of finalists for the 2011 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year: The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game by John Thorn The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball […]

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Dave “No Relation” Kaplan is the executive director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, which has hosted some excellent author discussions over the years. (Allen Barra, author of Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, and Neil Lanctot, author of Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, will explore the lives and legacies of baseball’s two […]

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From a press release issued by the baseball hall of Fame: This year, some of baseball’s greatest storytellers are coming to Cooperstown to share their work as part of the Museum’s annual Authors’ Series offerings. The Hall of Fame’s Summer Authors’ Series gets under way May 28 and continues throughout June, July and August. The […]

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John Jayme of Eugene, OR, is the latest winner of the Bookshelf Facebook Friend drawing. This month’s book is Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, by Neil Lanctot. The next book, in preparation for Fathers’ Day, will be “Baseball Is . . .”: Defining the National Pastime, edited by Paul Dickson. Tell your friends!

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My annual Spring Baseball Book Roundup was recently posted to the Bookreporter.com site. Titles include: 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella Uppity: My Untold Story About the Games People Play The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the […]

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Bookshelf review: Campy

April 28, 2011

The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, by Neil Lanctot. Simon and Schuster, 2011. My first thoughts when I heard about this book was, “It’s about time.” Roy Campanella was a three-time NL MVP and a Hall of Famer, yet aside from It’s Good to Be Alive, his own ghostwritten autobiography, there have been no “adult” […]

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Congratulations to Nathan Cordery of Stoney Creek, Ontario, this month’s winner of the Bookshelf Facebook prize: John Thorn’s Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game. The next book prize will be Neil Lanctot’s Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella. In addition, as a special “season opener” bonus, another […]

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National Pastime Radio

March 20, 2011

Only a Game recently featured two author reviews for books on minorities in baseball. Neil Lanctot, author of Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, was featured on the March 12 episode (listen here). Rob Ruck, author of Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game was on the March 5 program […]

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Intro: As previously stated, the recent election of Robert Alomar and Bert Blyleven got me to thinking: how many Hall of Famers have had books written about them or penned their own stories. Here are the results. Again, this is not an all-inclusive list; almost all juvenile titles have been omitted. Roy Campanella (inducted 1969) […]

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By the way, it’s still winter so why aren’t we hearing snow-themed songs anymore? “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” among others, are not “holiday” songs, per se, so they’d still be valid. Just sayin’. Thought I saw my first “annual” at the bookstore last week, but it was a fantasy publication, so it […]

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Bits and pieces

January 15, 2011

Haven’t done one of these in awhile, so here goes. MLB.com posted this story about Andrew Zimablist, who published Circling the Bases: Essays on the Challenges and Prospects of the Sports Industry last October. WithLeather blogs about Jose Canseco’s upcoming (and unpromising?) appearance on he new season of Celebrity Apprentice. Speaking of television, will baseball […]

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Hall of Famer Roy Campanella was born this day in 1921. Books about the ill-fated catcher include: His own It’s Good to Be Alive, first published in 1959, a year after the accident that put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, an in-depth biography […]

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