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The Bullpen Gospels

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review

Book Review: The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst One of the greatest baseball books of modern times hit North America’s books stores this week.  Shockingly, it was written by a guy who was more interested in growing up to be Trevor Hoffman, not Peter Gammons.  Those aren’t my words.  They are the opening sentences of ESPN […]

Satchel Paige’s Rules for Staying Young

March 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing

Satchel Paige’s Rules for Staying Young 1) Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood 2) If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts 3) Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gentaly as you move 4) Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society, the […]

Christy Mathewson — The Author

March 30, 2010 by  
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The stories and lore around Christy Mathewson have become almost mythical.  His athleticism, good looks, and integrity made him a real-life American hero.  Mathewson was one of only a few ball players to be college educated–at Bucknell–where he starred in both Football and Baseball.  Matty or “Big Six”, as he was called, helped dispel the […]

“Best” Baseball Books Adapted into Movies

March 29, 2010 by  
Filed under "Best of" Lists

The great thing about “Best of” lists is that they produce vigorous debate. I recently watched Field of Dreams for the umteenth time and that got me to thinking about which baseball books have been successfully adpated into baseball movies.  Of course, a notable example is the movie Field of Dreams which was adapted from the book […]

Bryce Harper: 2010 #1 Draft Pick?

March 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, New Media

Current baseball writers are more than likely to ply their trade in one of today’s new media–websites, blogs, or even on Twitter.  So BooksonBaseball’s tagline — Paying homage to the written word about America’s pastime–is still being honored, even if we don’t always talk just about books. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Let’s face it, we baseball junkies can’t seem […]

Your Turn: Fireside Book of Baseball

March 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, Your Turn

The Your Turn feature on the website gives fans a chance to weigh in on our favorite topic–baseball.  This post comes from our friends at Neglected Books, a website devoted to re-discovering older, forgotten books. The post below talks about Fireside Book of Baseball, by Charles Einstein.  This book is the first volume in an […]

“It’s 9:46pm in the City of the Angels”

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing

The other day, I heard a segment on NPR’s Talk of the Nation with radio announcer Jon Miller.  The discussion turned to the great Vin Scully, still doing Dodger games after over 50 years in the booth.  They remarked about a game in 1965 when Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game and how Scully’s 9th […]

Book Review: Beating About the Bushes

March 25, 2010 by  
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Beating About the Bushes:  Minor League Baseball in the 60s  by Tim Sommer BUSH LEAGUE  A professional sports association at the lower levels of minor league organization So starts this very enjoyable recounting of Tim Sommer’s 8 years in the Baltimore Orioles organization during the 60s.  Sommer spent these years, as a pitching prospect, bouncing between the A […]

Baseball e-Book: Baseballisms

March 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, New Media

When you think about books on baseball or its great writers, you might think of  historical authors like Grantland Rice or Damon Runyon or a current author such as Roger Angell.  We generally wouldn’t think of new media and e-books as a way to deliver the written word about baseball. Our friends at Baseballisms have come up with a very creative […]

Moneyball: Updated

March 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Statistics and Analysis

Earlier this month, I posted a book review on the best-selling book Moneyball by Michael Lewis.  I recently came across an article from the Sports Journal of the United States Sports Academy that attempts to statistically validate one of Moneyball’s key premises:  Drafting college prospects has a demonstrably higher chance of success than drafting high […]

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