1. Lest we forget: George Steinbrenner

    The legendary Yankees “Boss” died of an apparent heart attack . Steinbrenner, who turned 80 on July 4, had been in failing health for the past few years. His death comes just days after Bob Sheppard, another long-time Yankees fixture...

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  2. Random Thoughts About The 2010 Home Run Derby

    (Because you can put the trophy on a bookshelf). Forget about the actual outcome… Bobby Valentine called veteran Red Sox favorite David Ortiz, Jose. Really, Bobby? Done your homework, I see...

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  3. Thanks! But No Thanks..

    Believe it or not, I wouldn’t want this book , even if someone made me a present of it. According to the NY Times ' piece by sports media writer Richard Sadomir, the leather-bound ...

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  4. Everybody Is A Star: Q&A With Author Lew Freedman

    Well, perhaps not everybody … With apologies to Sly and the Family Stone . In honor of the annual contest—held this year on July 13 in Anaheim—I run this little ...

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  5. Lest we forget: More on Bob Sheppard

    Ran this on my other blog on Jews and Sports : Bob Sheppard, the voice of the New York Yankees for some 60 years, passed away yesterday at the age of 99...

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  6. Happy birthday, Bob Allison

    The Minnesota Twins slugger would have been 76 today. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 61 in 1995. In 1967, Hal Butler published The Bob Allison Story. By that time, the athlete was on the downside of his career...

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  7. The guantlet, returned

    Earlier today I challenged Mark Juddery to back up the claim in his new book that baseball is the most overrated sport...

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  8. New book on the “art” of baseball's best

    I first “discovered” Dick Perez many years ago via his “Diamond King ” baseball cards inserted into the Donruss sets. Little did I realize that that was just the tip of the iceberg...

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  9. Baseball: “Most Overrated Sport?” Them's Fightin' Words!

    As I’ve stated in the past, I’m not a big fan of books that employ superlatives like "best" and "greatest...

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  10. Happy Birthday(?) Satchel Paige

    The exact date of birth of the American icon Satchel Paige has been disputed for many years. Some Books on Paige include: Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever , by Paige with David Lipman ...

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  11. Questionable Announcement: Baseball Legends & Legacies

    Found this press release about said new book by Gary Hall, which I reprint in part: Amazing new book “Baseball Legends & Legacies” by Gary Hall interviews 25 Baseball legends...

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  12. The Bookshelf Podcast, June 23: Andy Wasif

    I had so much fun the first time, I thought I’d try to make it a regular feature. For this week’s RKBB podcast, I spoke with Andy Wasif , author of Red Sox Fans are From ...

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  13. So What's Your Favorite Sports Book?

    Hannah Sung of the CBC wants to know . In the meantime, we have this Top 10 to put together. I myself have just discovered The Global Game website, which I’m finding fascinating...

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  14. Baseball Book Review: The Man with Two Arms

    by Billy Lombardo (Overlook, 2010) The last couple of titles I’ve blogged about contain stories with father and son issues (Steinbrenner and Home, Away )...

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  15. Survey Says…

    Today’s Wall Street Journal ran this extensive article about the differences (and similarities) between Met and Yankee fans. I took a brief online interactive survey, which incorrectly rendered me a fan of the Bronx bombers...

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  16. * Lest we forget: Robin Roberts

    The Hall of Fame pitcher passed away today at the age of 83. Roberts was still in the majors when I was coming to the game. I can picture one his last baseball cards in my mind (and here on the page)...

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  17. * Bookshelf Review: The Underground Baseball Encyclopedia

    Baseball Stuff You Never Needed to Know and Can Certainly Live Without, by Robert Schnakenberg. Triumph, 2010. Schnakenberg takes his love for pop culture (anti-culture?) and puts a national pastime spin on it in this little faux-reference volume...

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  18. * Q&A with Sean Forman

    Readers of The New York Times have noticed a shift in how the publication offers its baseball coverage these days. Gone (or rapidly going) are the regular columns of writers like Red Smith, George Anderson, George Vecsey, and Murray Chass...

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  19. * Now hear this: Flo Thomasian Snyder

    This charming young lady come out with Lady in the Locker Room: Madcap Memoirs of the Early LA Dodgers last year. It’s one of the best self-published books I’ve come across in a long time...

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  20. * Here endeth the lesson

    Tom Hoffarth concludes his “30 baseball books in 30 days of ‘10″ feature with a nice shout-out to Bill Lewers and his Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative...

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  21. * Because you can keep the Playbill on your bookshelf

    If you happen to be in Cooperstown this weekend: National Pastime, a new musical comedy about a fictitious, unbeatable baseball team, will be presented during a special performance on Saturday, May 1, at 7 p...

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  22. * RK Review: 90% of the Game is Half Mental

    And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom, by Emma Span (Villard, 2010) As much as I love baseball, there are times when I take a step back and wonder, “What am I doing ...

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  23. * A popular card set ends its run

    This article appeared in the April 15 edition of the New Jersey Jewish News. Tempered with the excitement of Opening Day, some baseball fans have to contend with the end of a tradition, ...

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  24. * RK Review: The Housekeeper and the Professor

    by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (2003; Picador Translation 2009) I can’t even remember where I heard of this title but I’m glad I did...

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  25. Baseball Milestones Dwindle; Plus, Which Former Predictions Came True?

    Weathermen and sports pundits. I’ve always said these are the top two professions where you can be wrong in your predictions a good part of the time and still keep your job...

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