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Bill Veeck and Eddie Gaedel

April 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Miscellaneous

This painting of Eddie Gaedel squatting in the batter’s box, by artist Andy Jurinko and recently posted at Baseball Art  reminded me of Bill Veeck, the mastermind of this infamous baseball moment and his wonderful autobiography, Veeck as in Wreck .  Veeck’s take on the game of baseball, his disdain for the stuffed shirts that ran the game, and […]

The Origins of Casey at the Bat

April 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing

But there is no joy in Mudville–mighty Casey has struck out.  So goes the last line of the famous baseball poem, Casey at the Bat.  The poem was originally published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888.  It was written by Ernest Thayer (1863 – 1940)  and was originally subtitled A Ballad of the Republic Sung […]

Did A-Rod Break one of Baseball’s Codes?

You may have seen it.  More than likely, you have heard about it.  Yankee slugger Alex Rodriquez created quite a stir last week when he ran across the pitcher’s mound during the middle of an inning thus offending Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Dallas Braden .  Braden and Rodriquez subsequently had words, Braden’s in anger, A-Rod’s in bewilderment.  Words turned to […]

Sabermetrics are here to stay. It’s time to get on the bus.

VORP? UZR? BABIP? No doubt you have seen some recent articles, including on this website, using terms that sound like they could come directly from NASA or the CIA.  These terms actually are part of an emerging lexicon that is revolutionizing baseball circles called Sabermetrics. Sabermetrics is the term given by baseball folks to the practice of churning […]

John Updike: Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

On April 29, 2010, the Library of America is re-releasing one of the most storied essays on baseball ever written: Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, by John Updike.  The essay chronicles the last game and last at bat of Ted Williams.  The book, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Williams’ last season, contains the original […]

Plate Discipline: Musings from a Sports Bar

On a recent business trip to Orlando, I found myself sitting in a sports bar watching the game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.  The TV sound was down which was pretty well moot since everybody’s conversation was wafting throughout the room (in particular, the kvetching of one Slappy the Boor, but I won’t go […]

Brian Kownacki: Baseball Acrobat

April 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

A couple weeks back, we posted a video of an amazing play by White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle scooping a ball with his glove and between his legs.   Now, we have another contender for play of the year.  Fordham sophomore Brian Kownacki pulled off an unbelievable move during a game with Iona College earlier this […]

Books on Baseball now on Kindle: “I’m somebody”

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

If you remember the movie The Jerk, you may recall when the character, Navin Johnson, played by Steve Martin, gets his first phone book.  Martin says: “I’ve made it. I’m somebody. This is just the kind of publicity that makes people.” That is sort of how I felt when the Books on Baseball got published as a blog on […]

SN Top 100 Players: Babe Ruth

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under "Best of" Lists

About 10 years ago, The Sporting News came out with a list of its top 100 baseball players of all time.  As you can imagine, the process of selecting the best players and putting them in a specific order is quite subjective.  If the vote were taken today, you might even imagine some of today’s […]

Book Review Updates: Bullpen Gospels and Eastern Stars

April 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review

Two books recently reviewed on Books on Baseball had some additonal media coverage over the past few days. Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst One of the greatest baseball books of modern times hit North America’s books stores.  Shockingly, it was written by a guy who was more interested in growing up to be Trevor Hoffman, […]

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