Saturday, September 26th, 2020

The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Author Profile, Book Review

Doug Glanville, ex-Major League player for the Phillies, Cubs, and Rangers, has penned a new book —  The Game From Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View.  Glanville was an outfielder for 9+ seasons in the big leagues and, with the exception of 1999 when he batted .325, enjoyed a good, if not spectacular, career […]

You Know Me, Al by Ring Lardner

May 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, Book Review, Your Turn

Ted Cox, a Books on Baseball friend, has been kind enough to review his favorite baseball book, You Know Me, Al by Ring Lardner.  Your Turn is a regular feature of Books on Baseball that spotlights our BoB friends as guest book reviewers.  Thanks Ted! In 1916 Lardner published You Know Me Al, which was written […]

The T206 Collection — The Players and Their Stories

May 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Book Review

When you pick up a baseball card, do you wonder about the player whose picture is staring back at you?  What was he like?  What did he do after baseball?  This curiosity is especially true with the famous T206, or tobacco, card set, at its 100th year anniversary. The T206 set is arguably the most sought after baseball card set […]

May 2, 1939 Babe Dahlgren Replaces Lou Gehrig in Yankee Lineup

May 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Book Review

Seventy two years ago, Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak came to an end. Many baseball fans know that the immortal Lou Gehrig began his famous streak by replacing Wally Pipp in the Yankee lineup.  However, not many fans know who replaced the Iron Horse on May 2, 1939.  That player’s name was Babe Dahlgren and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Perfect Game

The Perfect Game movie is being released across the US today.  It is based on a critically-acclaimed (amazon 5 star rating) book by W. William Winokur of the same name.  Both the book and its movie adaptation (by director William Dear Angels in the Outfield and Sandlot 3) are based on a true story.  Below is a synopsis […]

April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson’s Opening Day

April 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Book Review

April 15th 1947 is one of the most signficant days in Major League history.  It is the day that Jackie Robinson– an African American–first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.   Jonathan Eig’s account of the events leading up to this day and beyond are contained in Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First […]

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