1. A nice tribute for an old friend: CCNY honors Maury Allen

    Prologue: Working at a newspaper was not my intended career. I was a TV/Radio major at Brooklyn College in the late 1970s. I actually settled on that “discipline” because by the time I was a junior, that was where I had the most credits...

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  2. The breaking point of a Mets fan

    Because my TV is on my bookshelf… I’m not one of those fans who believes his team can do not wrong, that they should win every game (especially tough when you’re talking about baseball), crushing the opposition under their heel...

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  3. Baseball Author Honors: Paul Dickson

    Paul Dickson, author of several outstanding books on the game, not the least of which is his eponymous Baseball Dictionary , was recently honored at an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary...

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  4. Buster Posey: Occupation hazard

    San Francisco Giants’ star catcher Buster Posey was severely injured on a collision at the plate with Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins on Wednesday...

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  5. MLB: Maybe These Baseball Players Should Concentrate on Playing

    Or “The Cursed Pen.” What is it with the current batch of players who desire to be writers? First it was Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey who announced in spring training that he was going to pen a memoir ...

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  6. Belated musical birthday greetings: Bob Dylan

    The American troubadour turned 70 yesterday. So what does Dylan have to do with baseball? (Is that a rhetorical question? Obviously, or I wouldn’t have asked it...

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  7. Enter Captain Queeg?

    When did Fred Wilpon become George Steinbrenner? Perhaps the pressure of the season — with all the Madoff business, the rumors about being forced to sell the team, etc. — have finally gotten to the Mets owner...

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  8. Sad News About Harmon Killebrew

    Say a prayer for Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. We just received this statement via the Baseball Hall of Fame: “It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end...

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  9. Literary (and more) birthday greetings

    John Roseboro , an four-time All-Star catcher for the Dodgers, Twins, and Senators who was gained an extra degree of fame for putting his head in the way of Juan Marichal’s bat during an argument , was born this day in 1933 (died 2002)...

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  10. Literary birthday greetings: Yogi

    The Yankee legend turns 86 today. You can’t have a baseball book about the Yankees post-war dynasty without Berra, who happens to be a nominal neighbor of mine in that we live in the same New Jersey town...

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  11. TSN-SABR Baseball Research Awards Announced

    The Sporting News -SABR Baseball Research Award , which recognizes outstanding baseball research in areas other than history and biography, has been awarded for the following ...

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  12. Literary Birthday Greetings: The Mechanical Man and Milt Pappas

    Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer was born this date in 1903. He earned the nickname “Mechanical Man” for his steady play for the Detroit Tigers, ...

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  13. Lest We Forget: Bill Gallo

    I have a special affinity for cartoonists and artists. My father was a pretty good art hobbyist who worked on the cheap, using the backs of discarded poster, cardboard, whatever he could scrounge up...

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  14. Cinematic Birthday Greetings: Ken Berry

    Not the Ken Berry of F Troop fame, but Ken Berry the outfielder for the White Sox, Angels, Brewers and Indians, who turns 70 today...

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  15. The Real Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Baseball Season

    It’s still winter, so why aren’t we hearing snow-themed songs anymore? “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” among others, ...

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  16. The Year in Baseball Books

    (and other media, of course.) With the close of 2010, I thought I take a few moments to review the highlights of the past 12 months as pertains to our favorite topic. It’s been a banner year for baseball biographies...

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  17. The New York Yankees and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    As it pertains to J-E-T-E-R I really hate this kind of stuff. Both the Yankees and Derek Jeter seem to be bordering on the unreasonable as they dicker over a new contract...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 4 years ago 82 reads 0 comments

  18. Literary birthday greetings: Catching up

    I have been remiss. Recent notable birthdays include Nov. 13: Mel Stottlemyre , 1941 ( Pride and Pinstripes: The Yankees, Mets, and Surviving Life’s Challenges ...

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  19. New York Mets' Bill Shannon: Lest We Forget

    I was shocked this morning to hear the news of the passing of Bill Shannon , the long-time, popular official scorer for the Mets and baseball historian, who died yesterday ...

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  20. Jim Brosnan: Literary Birthday Greetings

    Hats off to Mr. Brosnan , who penned the first of the “in-season” adult autobios/memoirs with The Long Season in 1960...

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  21. Ken Burns' MLB Series "The Tenth Inning": A Few Thoughts

    While writing up the previous entry and reading the Forbes’ review of Ken Burns’ addenda , I was reminded that I wanted to add my two cents. The Forbes ‘ writer thought there was too much information crammed into too little time...

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  22. Buster Posey for National League Rookie of the Year

    As mentioned earlier this week, I belong to the Baseball Bloggers Alliance where I serve as president of the category of the BBA that defies definition...

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  23. 1965 Film: Ship of Fools

    I Recently saw the 1965 film Ship of Fools (highly recommended), which tells the tales of a bunch of misfits on a German cruise ship pre-WWII...

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  24. For Want Of a Nail

    One of these days, some enterprising person is going to go back to all those historic baseball games and write about the secondary events that helped pave the way for a Kirk ...

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  25. More on Maury

    Maury Allen, who passed away on Sunday, was a great story-teller. I recently attended a screening of the new documentary, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story , at the Yogi ...

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