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Leading with The Arm

April 1, 2016

Tom Hoffarth begins his 30-baseball-books-in-30-days series with Jeff Passan’s The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.

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April means more than the beginning of the new season. It’s also time for another year of Tom Hoffarth’s entertaining and educational series in which he examines 30 (and often more) books in 30 days. Hard to believe, but the LA Daily News‘ media columnist has been doing these since 2008. He explains why in […]

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A 30-in-30 review

May 4, 2015

(As opposed to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series). Once again, Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News has done a great service to the baseball reading community with his annual 30-books-in-30-days series on his “Farther off the Wall” blog. I advise going deep into each piece because Hoffarth offers interesting links among his DVD-type “extras.” […]

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Busy, busy, busy

April 7, 2015

I miss you guys. It’s just been so darned busy around here lately that I haven’t had time to write. The final edits of my new book are due on Friday. I also have to work on a two-minute pitch for the Jewish Book Council which will hopefully generate interest for author appearances at JCCs, […]

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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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Once again, Tom Hoffarth, media columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, is doing his 30 baseball books in 30 days feature. First up: Mover and Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion by my old SABR pal, Andy McCue.

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Review roundup, April 30

April 30, 2013

Apologies for the lapse in posting. New computers at the office and at home and necessitated some down time. So where were we? The very kind Tom Hoffarth concludes his 30/30 series with my 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. His previous week included: ==Day 29: The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: […]

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Review roundup, April 5

April 5, 2013

The New York Times runs this review of Mike Piazza’s Long Shot. Given that the book was released almost two months ago and they’re just reviewing it now, I won’t give up the hopes that the Times will do something with 501. The review is more of a “what the book’s about” piece than whether […]

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Review roundup, April 24

April 24, 2012

♦ Tom Hoffarth’s latest 30/30: Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus, edited by Steven Goldman, editor-in-chief of BaseballProspectus.com. Upshot: “The top-qualify writing, and heavy-duty thinking, you’ve come to expect from the Prospectus staff is worthy of this heavy-duty bounded hardback (no more paperbacks this time around). The stuff […]

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Review roundup, April 23

April 23, 2012

♦ The Knoxville News published this review of native son R.A. Dickley’s Wherever I Wind Up. Upshot: “t is rare to find a baseball book by an insider that dishes no dirt. It is even rarer to find a professional athlete willing to acknowledge his own mistakes. In “Wherever I Wind Up,” R.A. Dickey reveals […]

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Review roundup, April 17

April 17, 2012

♦ Tom Hoffarth’s latest 30/30 entry: Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: True Tales of Breaking Barriers, Umpiring Baseball Legends and Wild Adventures in the Negro Leagues. ♦ Only a Game host Bill Littlefield offered his thought’s on John Grisham’s Calico Joe (scroll down about half way). Upshot: “some of the baseball elements of Calico […]

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Review roundup, April 14

April 14, 2012

♦ The latest in Tom Hoffarth’s 30/30 feature: A People’s History of Baseball, by Mitchell Nathanson. Upshot: “The book jacket says Nathan writes with “passion and occasional outrage.” Sometimes it comes off as more bittnerness [sic] or misdirected anger. ♦ The Chicago-Sun Times posted this review of Grisham’s Calico Joe. Upshot: “In baseball terms, Calico […]

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I had mentioned Tom Hoffarth’s annual “30-books-in-30-days” project for the LA Daily News in an earlier entry today, not knowing that he posted this preview column (in which he was kind enough to give the Bookshelf a nod). Asa bonus, his entry has links to all the books he’s covered in the past, from 2008-2011, […]

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Just like the vitamins, only with baseball books. From Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News: Today: Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2011 Previous entries include: Day 2: A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants Day 1: Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly

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One-a-day: Tom Hoffarth

April 2, 2011

Just like the vitamins, only with baseball books. April is that time of year when our old friend Tom — who writes about sports and sports media for the Los Angeles Daily News — does his “30 baseball books in 30 days” bit. And, just like last year, we’ll be posting his considerations within these […]

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* 30 books in 30 days

April 10, 2010

An ambitious task, but Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News is taking up the challenge once again as he highlights an eclectic group of titles for 2010 with a mix of humor and insight in his blog, “Farther off the Wall.” Today’s pick is Tim Salmon’s Always an Angel: Playing the Game with […]

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As he did last year, Tom Hoffarth took on the arduous challenge of providing his readers of the Los Angeles Daily News with a baseball book review a day. The result is an excellent look at some of the top books on the game, as well as some that might have fallen under the radar. […]

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I have given major props to the L.A. Daily News‘ Tom Hoffarth for his thoughtful month-long series of baseball book reviews. Today’s the last day, so here’s his “whole freakin’ list” which lists and links all 30 titles. He was also gracious enough — self-promotion alert — to mention The Bookshelf in his wrap-up. Thanks […]

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