1. * Another part of the publishing equation

    I started this blog because I have always been fascinated with the creative process. Where do and author’s ideas come from? How does he do his research? What obstacles does she have along the way? I have been remiss...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about 4 years ago 55 reads 0 comments

  2. * Now hear this: Danny Peary

    When I spoke with Danny Peary (that’s pronounced “PERRY,” as in Gaylord) recently about his new biography, Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, I expressed surprise over the timing of his book, co-written with Tom Clavin...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about 4 years ago 20 reads 0 comments

  3. * Now hear this: Dave Jamieson

    Maybe I’m just more sensitive to it, but there seem to be an awful lot of books this year catering to the boomers among is...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about 4 years ago 22 reads 1 comments

  4. * Spring baseball feature on Bookreporter.com

    My annual Spring Baseball Roundup appears on the current edition of Bookreporter.com: 2010 Spring Baseball Roundup In a baseball era when much of the discussion has centered on who ...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about over 4 years ago 23 reads 0 comments

  5. * Now hear this: Sean Manning

    Paraphrasing a great line from a TV show from long ago (I know forget which one, might have been M*A*S*H), i I were stranded on a dessert island and could only have one book, it would be the dictionary, because it has all the other books in it...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about over 4 years ago 51 reads 0 comments

  6. * Now hear this: Mike Vaccaro

    Tis the season. As the summer game segues into fall’s finales, no less than five titles deal with the World Series, including two about the 1975 games between the Red Sox and ...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about over 4 years ago 19 reads 0 comments

  7. * TWIBB — October 16

    This week in baseball books, featuring the best-sellers according to Amazon.com on Friday, October 16. Title Rank General Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher & ...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about over 4 years ago 28 reads 0 comments

  8. * Award-winning film gives new meaning to “silent spring”

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of Signs of the Time,  winner of the Award for Baseball Excellence at the 2009 Baseball Film Festival, held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 218 reads 0 comments

  9. * RK Review: Some 'Days' are better than others

    Abrams publishers has come out with some very neat books over the last couple of years. The house, which specializes in art and photography books recently began a line of perpetual calendars on themes...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 25 reads 0 comments

  10. * TWIBB — October 2

    This week in baseball books, featuring the best-sellers according to Amazon.com on Friday, October 2. Title Rank General The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a ...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 14 reads 0 comments

  11. * Now hear this: Joe Posnanski

    This fall there are three books that take a look at the American league Boston team in the World Series. One goes all the way back to 1912, the first “greatest” fall classic, as written by the NY Post’s Mike Vacarro...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 32 reads 0 comments

  12. * Lest we forget: William Safire

    The wordsmith passed away at the age of 79 on Sept. 27. I’ve always had a love for words and language, how everything comes together. Safire was a hero when it came to bringing it all together without being too academic about it...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 23 reads 0 comments

  13. * Baseball's “urban dictionary”

    From the eclectic PitchersndPoets site comes the “Rogue’s Baseball Index,” a sort of urban dictionary about the national pastime. RBI is divided into several categories, including entries about players, fans, management, media, et al...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 122 reads 0 comments

  14. RK reviews: The End of Baseball and Safe at Home

    I don’t often read baseball fiction these days. I find them too hit-or-miss, pardon the metaphor. One problem is that authors often employ too much exposition, as if their readership knows nothing about the game...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 46 reads 0 comments

  15. * This week (Sept. 7) in ESPN the Magazine

    Only one feature in the issue (NFL Preview) and it concentrates on the Texas Rangers’ pitching staff. Hearing some disturbing things lately about this publication. From Thewrap.com: The numbers are hard to fathom...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 20 reads 0 comments

  16. * Because you can put a baseball cap on your bookshelf

    I got a blue one. One of my hobbies is collecting baseball caps. But the caveat is that I have to either get them as a gift (hint, hint) or be in the town in which that team plays, I can’t just buy a Wasington Nationals cap in a Lids at the mall.

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 50 reads 0 comments

  17. * RK Review: Double Play

    by Robert B. Parker. Putnam, 2004. Robert B. Parker’s heroes epitomize the strong silent types. Like the cowboys of old, they are taciturn, unfailingly loyal and determined to ...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 10 reads 0 comments

  18. * Jim Bouton: Still crazy after all these years?

    Some 40 years ago, Jim Bouton published what many consider to be the most important baseball book of all time. This Sunday, the MLB Network’s Studio 42 will host a conversation with Bouton at 8 p...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 89 reads 0 comments

  19. * Piazza: Did he or didn't he?

    Use PED, of course. That’s one of the topics of Murray Chass’s Aug. 16 column, in he he ponders the advisability of a Mike Piazza auto-bio. I quote, at length: Several months ago I heard that Piazza may be doing a book...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 236 reads 0 comments

  20. * In praise of baseball books

    The legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell published this piece praising the improved quality of baseball literature in his Free Press column of Aug. 16...

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  21. * The Moneyballfilm: Not dead, just resting

    As per this piece from The Playlist blog. These questions were aimed at Pitt on a red carpet stop (a horrible, soulless place to conduct a mini, 30-second interview) so don’t expect anything too earth shattering...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 12 reads 0 comments

  22. * CYA for NYT?

    Last week, Charles McGrath had written about “The Red Sox Nation, Betrayed.” This week, In The Public Editor column in Sunday’s Week in Review section, Clark Hoyt seeks to ...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 30 reads 0 comments

  23. * RK reviews: Red Sox oldies but goodies

    Wife and daughter are at the Sawx-Tigers game at the moment, so I thought it appropriate to haul these three reviews out of mothballs. All appeared in A Red Sox Journal, published by The Buffalo Head Society in the late 1990s...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 47 reads 0 comments

  24. * RK review: More baseball fiction

    A version of this review originally appeared on Purebaseball.com in 2001. Summer is firmly entrenched. So is your favorite team … in last place. The time for spring training optimism is over...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  25. Book Review: "Japanese Baseball and Other Stories" by W.P. Kinsella

    Japanese Baseball and Other Stories, by W.P. Kinsella (Thistledown Press, 2000) Baseball Fantastic, edited by W. P. Kinsella (Quarry Press, 2001) It’s been some time since W.P...

    Ron Kaplan Written by Ron Kaplan about almost 5 years ago 109 reads 0 comments