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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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You don’t have to be a SABR member to enjoy The Emerald Guide to Baseball 2014. That is, if you’re willing to access the 600-plus page PDF version. Otherwise you’ll have to pay for the printed edition, which comes out around opening day. According to the page at the SABR site, The 2014 edition of […]

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To paraphrase a Groucho Marx line (and with all due respect to the PETA faction), you can’t swing a dead cat (if that’s your idea of a good time) at the annual SABR conference without hitting a baseball writer. While in Philadelphia, I caught up with a few of them (writers, not cats) to see […]

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SABR Day recaps

January 30, 2013 · 0 comments

The Society for American Baseball Research holds an annual “day” on which chapters around the world hold regional meetings to discuss all things national pastime. This year’s day was held on Jan. 26, with many writers authors are on hand to discuss their work, including Marty Appel, Dr. Stanley Teitelbaum, and ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, who […]

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Last week I posted an interview with Kostya Kennedy, author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Well, the tributes continue with this week’s guest, Glenn Stout, a veteran writer whose latest book, Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year, earned him the […]

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The Casey Stengel Chapter of SABR hosts a program in honor of the Ole Perfessor on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (212-534-1672 orĀ www.mcny.org Among the writers participating in the event: Marty Appel, former public relations director and television producer for the New […]

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Received the latest (Summer 2010) issue of the BSJ. To be honest, a lot of the statistical stuff therein is a bit over my head/interest level, but there are several book reviews, so it balances out. Among them: Phil Birnbaum on The Bill James Gold Mine 2010 Lee Lowenfish on Satchel: The Life and Times […]

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The Emerald Guide to Baseball, published by the Society for American Baseball Research, is now available. The new edition includes Opening Day rosters and a “notated Umpires Register,” among other items. You can read my original post about the Guide here.

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* Hats off to Larry

March 21, 2010 · 0 comments

Congratulations to Larry Tye, whose biography Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend was named winner of Spitball Magazine‘s Casey Award and the Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research. Read (most of) it on Googlebooks.

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It is easy being green

February 22, 2010 · 0 comments

Or Emerald, at any rate. Case in point: For the fourth year, the Society for American Baseball Research, of which I have been a proud member for more than 20 years, is offering at no charge, free, gratis, their very excellent Emerald Guide to Baseball. This 500-plus page volume features complete major and minor league […]

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* It is easy being green

February 17, 2010 · 0 comments

Or Emerald, at any rate. Case in point: For the fourth year, the Society for American Baseball Research, of which I have been a proud member for more than 20 years, is offering at no charge, free, gratis, their very excellent Emerald Guide to Baseball. This 500-plus page volume features complete major and minor league […]

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Taking a few days off to head down to our nation’s capital where I’ll be conventioning at the annual Society for American Baseball Research get-together. Looking forward to finally meeting so many good people I’ve only known through the Internet and e-mail. Talk amongst yourselves ’til I get back next week.

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The current edition includes reveiws of The Girl Who Thre Butterflies; Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees’ First Dynasty; Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality; and news about SABR book award winners Tom Swift (Chief Bender’s Burden) and Ronald M. Selter (Ballparks of the Deadball Era). SABR Bibliography Committee Newsletter, April […]

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No, it’s not a history of the Irish and the national pastime (although we are getting close to St. Patrick’s Day…) One of the benefits of being a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) are the wonderful publications that arrive in the mail each year. Scholars, historians, math professors, and just plain […]

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The BJR is produced annually by the Society for American Baseball Research. Several back issues are available from a new Web site. While the stories are usually quite good (written by SABR members), the presentation is a bit clunky. In this era of digitization, one would imagine they could “shoot” the original pages (with illustrations). […]

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Bibliography Committee Newsletter, September 2008 Features Skip McAfee’s review of The Only Game in Town: Baseball Stars of the 1930s and 1940s Talk About the Game They Loved Leverett T. Smith’s review of The Curt Flood Story: The Man Behind the Myth An interview with Sarah Freligh, author of Sort of Gone A profile of […]

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The Pastime.net reports the daily happenings at the 38th SABR convention, now wrapping up in Cleveland.

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Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman has been awarded the Seymour Medal as the best baseball history or biography of 2007. Also recognized as “finalists” were Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball by Norman Macht and Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line by Adrian Burgos, Jr. Author Lee Lowenfish will receive […]

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The author and SABR member died Jan. 2 at age 52. According to an obituary in the Boston Globe: Mr. Thompson contributed nearly two dozen articles over the years to the organization’s research publications. In 2005, he published his first book, “The Ferrell Brothers of Baseball,” a biography of the Ferrell family of North Carolina, […]

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