I will be doing my own assessment of this one in the not-too-distant future, but Lewers sersve as a reminder that just because you’re not in the Majors (that is, a big name published by a big houses) doesn’t mean you’re not worthy of recognition. I get a lot of self-published books here; some are great (see my upcoming interview with Flo Thomasian Snyder, author of Lady in the Locker Room: MadcapMemoirs of the Early LA Dodgers), others not so much. But kudos to all the writers who are determined to see their project through. I doubt many of them expect to get rich off their book(s); they do it because baseball is such an important part of their lives.
Back to Hoffarth: Kudos to him for taking on the project, which includes detailed accounts of all the books (as opposed to capsule reviews), on top of all his other responsibilities for the LA Daily News.
Not satisfied with the 30 books he did use, he allows for many more that didn’t make his cut, not because they weren’t good enough, but just because, as we all learned in grammar school, “Thirty days has… April.” Time (and a bit of laziness) prevent me from listing them all; that’s why the Internet gods created links.
And I’m not just saying all this because he was kind enough to think my comments worthy of repetition in his column today.