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By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (because I’m old school). Second, since the rankings are updated every […]

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By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (because I’m old school). Second, since the rankings are updated every […]

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I contributed a couple of pieces to Mental Floss (including the July-Aug. 2002 cover story for “The Spy Issue”) when they were just knee-high to more established magazines. So I have a soft spot for the publication even if they don’t answer my calls anymore (sniff, sniff). They’ve greatly expanded and now offer a bunch […]

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* Sports books mad libs

December 24, 2009

The current issue of ESPN the Magazine includes a cute feature titled “Over the Top,” by Amanda Angel. The Greatest Story Ever Told is about Jesus himself, but these days you’d half-expect to find that title on a bookseller’s spoets shelves. A quick glance at the genre  shows many true, real and seemingly impossible epic […]

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Unless it’s the one in the Nov. 16 issue of New York magazine, which features a theme of “Baseball Hall-of-Fame Anagrams.” Sorry, but it doesn’t appear to be on their website.

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* One-shot deals

September 26, 2009

With the Mets season just about over, I needed to find new ways to amuse myself. When I was a kid at day camp, we used to play this game, “initials.” One player would think of the name of some baseball player, the other would try to guess. You got a home run if you […]

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This was today’s entry on my Mensa Puzzle Calendar: “Add one letter to the four letters at each base to form the word for a player on a Major League baseball team. Then take those added letters and add one more to form yet another team player.” It looks better in the original, and may […]

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* Would you believe…?

July 19, 2008

Hard to believe that Ripley’s would find enough material to put together a whole book on baseball, but they have. Two comemnts on it from its page on Amazon.com: “A baseball hit 400 feet has twice the destructive energy as a bullet fired from a .8 calibur pistol. That, and other strange and unusual facts […]

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