The Baseball Hall of Fame ballots were released today. This promises to be perhaps the most controversial elections ever. Of the first time players, several have had the words “performing enhancing drugs” (and juicer) associated with their names, to greater or lesser degrees, including: Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader with 762. Roger Clemens, [...]
Combining two themes here to bring you some recent podcasts. * Craig Robinson, author of the new Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure (See all Humor Books), was on the July 19 edition of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen. There are several excellent questions about Robinson’s though processes as he comes up with [...]
Marc Tracy of Tablet.com contributed reviews for the NY Times Sunday book supplement on Shawn Green’s The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH. Upshot: “Those who do not share Green’s earnestness — or fondness for “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” “Siddhartha” and other namedropped works of dormitory Buddhism — may nonetheless [...]
Always happy when the mail carrier delivers a package (as long as it’s not ticking). Recently received Aaron Pribble’s Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League, his memoir about participating the Israel Baseball League, which lasted just one season (2007). Pribble pitched for the [...]
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 [...]
At the risk of blowing my own horn, I wanted to say that my essays on Shawn Green, Hank Greenberg, and Sandy Koufax are included in the recently-released Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture, edited by Jack. R. Fischel with Susan M. Ortmann (Greenwood Press). I’m kvelling.