1. * RK author profile: Troy Soos

    Apropos of the interview I did with Favorite PASTimes, here’s a profile on Troy Soos, author of the Mickey Rawlings series of historical baseball mysteries, I did for the Summer 1998 edition of The Mystery Review, a defunct Canadian publication...

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  2. RK Review: In the Best Interests of Baseball?

    The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig, by Andrew Zimbalist (John Wiley and Sons, 2007) Allan H. “Bud” Selig has nominally been in charge of the national pastime longer than any commissioner since Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis...

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  3. * Caesar's wife

    This one is a toughie. Omar Minaya took time out in yesterday’s press conference announcing the firing of Tony Bernazard to point an accusing finger at NY Daily News sportswriter Adam Rubin...

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  4. * National pastime radio

    I listened with extra care to this week’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. The guest for the “Not My Job” segment was ex-major leaguer Doug Glanville...

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  5. * Dustin Pedroia prepares for life after baseball

    New MLB 09 commercials discovered! The original: On the other hand, don’t give up your day job just yet. I guess it’s a matter of motivation...

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  6. * Why baseball is like (fill in the blank)

    In this case, it’s “writing,” at least according to this entry on Seekerville, a blog about the writing craft...

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  7. * Now hear this: S.L. Price

    One of the saddest books you’re likely to read this year (hopefully, ever), is S.L. Price’s Heart of the Game: Life, Death and Mercy in Minor League America...

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  8. TWIBB — July 24

    This week in baseball books, featuring the best-sellers according to Amazon.com on Friday, July 17. Title Rank General Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, Tye ...

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  9. Survey Says: “God Bless America” — fair of foul?

    Passing along this interesting email I received today. In light of recent developments, it’s especially timely. Greetings...

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  10. * Review: Born to Play: My Life in the Game

    This review comes from Sawxheads, a Red Sox-centric blog. And guess what? It’s a glowing review! But the part that caught my my was this: In the interview with WEEI, Pedroia’s words were very encouraging...

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  11. * An Overviews of Annuals

    Been meaning to do this since the beginning of the season. The best laid plans, and all that. Anyway, the missus has been complaining that she keeps tripping over these (mostly) thick volumes, so here goes...

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  12. * Now hear this: Allen Barra

    That’s Barra, not Berra, although the confusion would be easy to understand. Barra is the author, Berra is the subject of this new biography of the Yankees’ Hall of Fame catcher...

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  13. * Lest we forget: Paul Hemphill

    The author of Long Gone: A Novel passed away Saturday, Jul 11, at the age of 73. Written in 1979, Long Gone doesn’t get as much praise as other titles; Some say was it was too ...

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  14. * Just call me “Kap”

    and I’ll be grateful for about 2 1/2 extra years, according to this piece from The Wall Street Journal. … researchers at Wayne State University, major-league players who have nicknames live 2½ years longer, on average, than those without them...

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  15. * Here come de judge?

    Bruce Weber, author of As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires (one of my top three books of the year), published this piece in The New York Times’ Week in review ...

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  16. Robert Redford Having a Rob Neyer Moment?

    Apropos to the previous entry, we might have a Rob Neyer moment here. In the snippet, Redford claims to have been in New York where he attended a Yankees-Red Sox game. He mentions that Maris and Mantle were in the lineup, but not Williams...

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  17. HBO Airs Ted Williams Documentary

    We won't be done with the All-Star break until Thursday, so if your baseball Jones gets too strong, watch HBO's documentary about the Splendid Splinter in Ted Williams: There Goes the Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived...

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  18. RK's Baseball Bookshelf: Straw and Beyond Belief

    Darryl Strawberry and Josh Hamilton. Brothers from different mothers. Both had all the talent in the world. Both were number one draft picks (Strawberry in 1980, Hamilton in 1999) and were expected to do great things...

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  19. RK's Baseball Bookshelf: Review

    The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime, by Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O'Keeffe, and Christian Red. Knopf, 2009. In case you haven't been paying attention, the topic du an in baseball lit is steroids/PED...

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  20. RK's Baseball Bookshelf: Review Of Satchel

    SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Legend, by Larry Tye According to author Larry Tye, the great pitcher Satchel Paige “was being Satchel fifty years before Manny Ramirez started being Manny...

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  21. RK's Baseball Bookshelf: "He's Not Dead; He's Just Resting...."

    From the famous Monty Python "Parrot Sketch." Why do I bring this up? because Moneyball, the movie, may not be dead after all...

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  22. RKs' Baseball Bookshelf: Q & A With Author Larry Tye

    Larry Tye, author of the critically-acclaimed new biography of Satchel Paige, is a busy (and happy) man these days, making the rounds of TV and radio shows and enjoying reading the favorable reviews as they pile up...

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