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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Women in Baseball

I have seen Presedential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin appear many times on TV political talk shows.   I have also heard her speak on several occasions about her love for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  You can imagine mydelight when I came across a copy of her 1997 book Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir at a used book sale.  A favorite […]

Did the NY Giants Steal the Signs for Thomson’s Shot Heard Round the World?

BoB’s own “Mythbuster” Bill Miller will be “investigating” some of the most talked about stories and lore from baseball’s historical past.  This article focuses on Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard Round the World. The recent death of former Giants star Bobby Thomson, who hit perhaps the most famous home run in baseball history on October 3, 1951, […]

Interview with the Baseball Undertaker: Part II

August 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Author Profile, Baseball History

A few weeks ago, we posted Part I of our interview with a man named Bill Lee, who wrote The Baseball Necrology, a book profiling the lives of deceased pro baseball players, and concurrently runs The Baseball Necrology Live, an Internet update of the same premise. During the course of our interview with Bill, we learned that he […]

A few more words about Bobby Thompson

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

Today’s a bit of a heart-warming day to be a baseball fan.  Considering that the Miracle at Coogan’s Bluff occurred nearly 60 years ago, and that the Polo Grounds has been a housing development for the past 45 years, it is gratifying to see the outpouring of Internet affection for Bobby Thompson and his dramatics […]

Robert Brown “Bobby” Thomson (1923 – 2010)

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

In memory of Bobby Thomson’s passing today, we are reposting two recent articles from Books on Baseball.  The first article is a review of a recent book about “The shot heard round the world” while the second article is about the various broadcasters who had a part in this historical baseball moment. Book Review: Miracle […]

Ray Chapman, Killed by Pitched Ball August 17, 1920

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

On August 16, 1920, in the late afternoon at the Polo Grounds, Ray Chapman stepped into the batter’s box for what would be the very last time.  The 29 year old Cleveland Indians’ shortstop, known as “Chappie”,  squared around to bunt off the Yankee’s Carl Mays.  The submariner’s pitch was inside, Chapman was unable to duck […]

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Women in Baseball, Your Turn

Few box scores remain.   Very few written records to account for her splendid achievements on the field.  No SLG, OBP, RISP, WHIP, CqStG, WARP, or VORP to measure her success. Statistics do not tell the whole story of any ballplayer’s life.   In the case of Toni Stone, arguably the greatest woman ever to play professional […]

Hero Worship and Baseball: Is A-Rod Today’s Narcissus?

August 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

Can a baseball player whose biggest fan is himself still be a hero to others?  Historically, baseball’s great ballplayers have broken down into two camps:  those who refuse to accept the mantle of role model versus those who understand and accept that with great fortune comes great responsibility.  So may he himself love, and not […]

Sort of Gone by Sarah Freligh

Sarah Freligh’s Sort of Gone is a collection of poems that tells the story of fictional pitcher Al Stepansky’s rise and fall in baseball. The story starts with Al getting his first pitcher’s glove (a gift from his alcoholic father) and ends with him watching tapes of his best games as he washes down his […]

The Top 10 All-time Worst* Seasons

August 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Statistics and Analysis

One of the websites I find myself going to time and time again is Baseball Reference.   I recently was curious about single-season strikeout records and came to this amazingly valuble page.   [Seriously, click on this link and bookmark it, you will be glad you did!].  I started to look into the highest strikeouts with an […]

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