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Tommy Lasorda

Happy birthday, Old Blue Eyes

December 11, 2015

Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 tomorrow. He had his fair share of baseball chops. He starred with Gene Kelly in the 1949 feature Take Me Out to the Ball Game in which he played second baseman Dennis Ryan of the famed “O’Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” ditty. Might not have been the greatest baseball […]

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Kind of weird: it’s almost June and still no baseball book reviews in The New York Times? I know space is precious on those pages, but still. There are any number of worthy candidates. Get on it, Times. In the meantime: From the Rockford, Ill., Rock River Times, this piece on Steven K.  Wagner’s Perfect: The […]

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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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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. So without further ado, here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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After not reading any baseball books for longer than I can remember (probably just a few months, that tells you a lot about my memory), I happily dove in to the new listings on Amazon. Herewith a sampling of what’s on the horizon. It’s a nice mix of the “comfort food” of baseball lit — […]

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CBS’ Face the Nation took a break in its last episode to discuss some really important issues. Jane Leavy (formerly of the Washington Post and author of The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood and Sandy Koufax : A Lefty’s Legacy); Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda (I Live for This: […]

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You just need a big bookshelf. The Los Angeles Dodgers are celebrating their 50th anniversary in their eponymous stadium so to mark the occasion they’ll be giving out bobblehead dolls throughout the season. According to Tom Hoffarth on his blog, the schedule falls out thus:   Don Drysdale and Maury Wills: Saturday, April 28 vs. […]

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Lasorda, the “Dodgerest” of them all, turns 84 today. I Live for This: Baseball’s Last True Believer The Artful Dodger Dierker, All-Star pitcher and later manager for the Houston Astros, turns 65. This Ain’t Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant Without Losing Your Mind My Team: Choosing My Dream Team from My Forty Years […]

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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. Nap Lajoie (Inducted 1937) […]

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From a press release on Business Wire: Steve Sax has written a new book, SHIFT: Change Your Mindset and You Change Your World. He will begin his book tour in February 2011. Sax, who played Major League Baseball for eighteen years, suffered from the inability to throw the ball for a brief period in 1983. […]

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The Baseball Reliquary presents “Lasordapalooza,” an exhibition surveying the life and times of Tommy Lasorda, April 13-May 28, at the Pomona Public Library, Pomona, California. According to the press release from the Reliquary, a nonprofit, educational organization “dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to […]

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How long ago did this book come out? Last October? I was at Barnes and Noble on Tuesday and saw it on the remainder table for $3.98. Further proof that the general public considers old timers like Tommy Lasora out of touch. Listen to him on a recent B&N podcast of Meet the Authors and […]

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