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Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry

May 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Book Review

Pure serendipity is the only way I can explain how I came to be at Pawtucket’s McCoy stadium a few weeks ago to see the PawSox, Boston’s AAA team, take on the Syracuse Chiefs the farm team of the Washington Nationals.  I had opened the morning paper and, only two hours away, lay a perfect game […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball

July 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Your Turn

Barbara Gregorich, a Books on Baseball friend and author, has been kind enough to allow us to use a book review she recently completed – Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball.  Your Turn is a regular feature of Books on Baseball that spotlights our BoB friends as guest book reviewers.  Thanks Barb! Barb’s Review — I grew up a […]

“Bupkis” for Baseball Retirees? Where’s the Moral Outrage?

July 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Business of Baseball

The number of multi-millionaires within the sport of baseball is well chronicled.   I naively imagined that all this wealth would trickle down to take care of the retired players who paved the way for today’s current players–a rising tide lifts all boats.   I was mistaken.   Fortunately, there is a book, A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB […]

Book Review: The Curse: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Or Do They?

July 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Your Turn

Andy Van Slyke was a terrific ballplayer in his day; known as much for his irreverent and spontaneous sense of humor as his remarkable “Gold Glove” defensive skills in centerfield; he was a fan and sportswriter’s favorite throughout his 13 year major league career. His partner in crime for this particular book – Rob Rains […]

Book Review: The Midsummer Classic

July 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review

Retrosheet  and other web-based resources are priceless reference tools. These tools allow you to access the boxscore and play-by-play of every major league game you ever attended or strip-mine decades’ worth of historical data for previously unknown statistics and trends. However, in certain circumstances, they fail to convey the magnitude of certain high-impact events such as playoff tilts […]

Curt Flood and Baseball’s Reserve Clause

The inspiration for a story can come from the most unlikeliest of places. On my recent trip to Maine, I happened to pick up the Bangor Daily News and read a very compelling editorial (see entire text and link below) that described how Curt Flood’s landmark struggle to overturn baseball’s time-worn reserve clause has opened up […]

The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History’s Most Desired Baseball Card

Only a few dozen T206 Honus Wagners are known to still exist, having been released in limited numbers just after the turn of the twentieth century. Most, with their creases and stains, look like they’ve been around for nearly one hundred years. But one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. Its sharp corners […]

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