1. Lest we forget: Maury Allen

    I was flipping back and forth between the Mets and Jets yesterday and upon my return to the baseball broadcast I caught the name “Maury Allen...

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  2. Happy Birthday, Warren Cromartie

    “Cro” was once considered a part of the best outfields in the game as a member of the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s. Then Warren Cromartie made a name for himself—as well as a book—when he took his game to Japan...

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  3. Once in a Lifetime: Ted Williams’ perfect coda

    A handful of players have been fortunate enough to enjoy a storybook ending to their career: ending with a bang. None have done it with as much mystique as Ted Williams...

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  4. Cooperstown hosts Fifth Annual film fest

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Oct. 1-3...

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  5. Bookshelf Review: Dustin Pedroia's "Born To Play"

    My Life in the Game, by Dustin Pedroia wuth Edward J. Delaney. SSE, 2009. In past entries, I’ve written about “flavor of the month,” a memoir or autobiography written ...

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  6. Now hear this: The Bookshelf Podcast, featuring Jim Bouton

    As mentioned in previous entries, Ball Four celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Baseball Reliquary will host a special program to mark the auspicious occasion at the Burbank Public Library on Sept...

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  7. Predictions

    I predict that in the not too distant future, we will see: At least one new title on Roger Clemens, taking into account the current situation...

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  8. ESPN's 30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus

    Haven’t seen too many of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, but came upon this one while flipping through the dial...

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  9. A. Bartlett Giamatti's "Take Time For Paradise" To Be Rereleased

    Bloosmbury will re-release the classic Take Time for Paradise, originally published by the late A. Bartlett Giamatti in 1989...

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  10. Coming soon! The Jim Bouton interview

    I can still picture it in my mind: Reading Ball Four during summer camp days back in 1970. In fact, I still have that original volume in my library...

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  11. Bookshelf review: Fifrty-Nine in ’84

    Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had, by Edward Achorn (Smithsonian, 2010)...

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  12. Congratulations, A-Rod

    Of course, Alex Rodriguez has a shadow over him, thanks in no small part to Selena Robert, who wrote A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez . People will be talking about the validity of his records for a long time...

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  13. Author appearance: Joseph Wallace

    Joseph E. Wallace is probably better known for his well-produced coffee table books — World Series: An Opinionated Chronicle , The Autobiography of Baseball: The Inside Story ...

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  14. Portrait of a baseball novel

    I guess I’m one of the few that read this one. Dwight Garner wrote this profile of Tom Grimes — author of Season’s End: A Novel — in connection with his new book, Mentor ...

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  15. MLB Food for Thought: Baseball Cookbooks

    Mmm, now them’s eats. Cookbooks with a baseball theme isn’t a new concept. Often they’re used as either promotions or fund-raisers, collected by the players’ significant others...

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  16. “For All Sad Words of Man and Pen…”

    (Because the new records books will carry this development.) I just read a fascinating item: Seems that in the pre-Internet/computer days of record keeping, someone made a mistake ...

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  17. Bits and Pieces

    Haven’t done one of these in a long time, but a glance at my Google alerts shows more than 500 notices, so here goes. Bruce Markusen at Hardball Times, conducted this interview with Dan Epstein , author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass ...

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  18. Dorothy Seymour Mills: Credit where credit is due

    This from the Associated Press: Marc Serota for The New York Times Dorothy Seymour Mills has been added by Oxford University Press as co-author of an acclaimed three-volume history of baseball originally attributed solely to her husband...

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  19. The Bookshelf Podcast: At Long Last Leitch

    The first few times I encountered Will Leitch’s work, I was less than impressed. I’m old-school enough to not want to know that my favorite players (not that I have any ...

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  20. Stephen Strasburg To the Disabled List? OMG! OMG! OMG!

    From the AP via SI.com: "Rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder...

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  21. MLB Trade Rumors: Same Time Every Year for New York Mets

    “Omar Minaya may upgrade pitching, but middling New York Mets are better off waiting to make moves,” Filip Bondy, New York Daily News “Forget about Mets dealing ...

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  22. National Pastime Radio: Sagal says “So long, Steinbrenner”

    Peter Sagal, staunch Red Sox fan and host of NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, paid “tribute” to the late Yankee owner George Steinbrenner on his July 17 program...

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  23. New Sports Anthologies: They Do the Collecting So You Don't Have To

    Although I have trouble with the use of words like “best” and “greatest” in titles, when it comes to anthologies, I’m a bit more flexible...

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  24. Announcement: Baseall Hall of Fame Seeks submissions for Annual Film Festival

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the fifth consecutive year, it hosts the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown,NY...

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  25. Update: Lest We Forget—George Steinbrenner

    As could be expected in the tri-state area, George Steinbrenner's death received front-page attention in the print media. The New York Times ran an obituary by Richard Goldstein, which continues after the jump...

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