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Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded
While Springsteen's can't-let-go friend "could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool boy", 19th-century Major League baseball's best pitcher set his amazing record with a mixture of speed, …
reviewed Eight Men Out. January 10, 2011
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Eight Men Out
Little kids in movies grate me. Often their presence is nothing more than a cheap directorial tool, and in the case of Eight Men Out, the kids - who weren't present in the book the movie is based on - …
reviewed Munson: The Life and Death of Yankee .... January 11, 2011
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Munson: The Life and Death of Yankee Captain
This book presents a lot of interesting information on the personality of one of the most quirky Yankees of all time. Most Yankee fans remember the outspoken Reggie as well as Goose, and Martin of the …
reviewed Bull Durham. May 10, 2011
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Bull Durham
Bull Durham is considered the end all of baseball movies, and knowing the background of writer/director Ron Shelton, it's easy to understand why: The man was once a minor league ballplayer himself. He …
reviewed The Making of a Championship Heart. May 18, 2011
The Making of a Championship Heart
The Making Of A Championship Heart answers the question what makes a team a champion. The lessons of team work work and integrity are learned in the game of baseball. They can be applied in every day …
reviewed Chicago White Sox. June 03, 2011
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Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox can't win even for winning. They're not exactly what you would call a charmed team. The images the White Sox provoke in the minds of baseball fans really aren't fair, because the …
reviewed Seasons in Hell. July 08, 2011
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Seasons in Hell
When the worst baseball teams in history are discussed, somehow the Texas Rangers get left out fairly frequently. Maybe they don't have the extended histories of other storied disasters like the Phillies …
reviewed Cooperstown Confidential. July 09, 2011
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Cooperstown Confidential
To me, the Hall of Fame candidacy of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are open and shut cases. Both are arguably the best players of all time at their positions – Bonds is the all-time home runs leader, …
reviewed Rookie of the Year. July 20, 2011
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Rookie of the Year
There was once a brilliant spoof of this trope on Futurama: The New New York Mets (and for those not familiar with the show, "New New York" is not a typo) sign Leela to rescue their flagging attendance. …
reviewed Texas Rangers (baseball). September 03, 2011
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Texas Rangers (baseball)
The Texas Rangers are, if anything, a team with some very unique distinctions. Their all-time roster reads like a list of baseball legends, especially in the managerial department: Whitey Herzog had this …
reviewed Moneyball. September 25, 2011
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Moneyball
Billy Beane won, you know. He would hate to hear anyone say that since he never picked up a Pennant, but he won. He changed the way baseball is played. Well, maybe not so much played as constructed, but …
reviewed Moneyball. September 25, 2011
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Moneyball
Oakland A’s fans would be right at home with “Moneyball” as they would be very familiar with the amazing historic run of the team during the 2002 baseball season. Well, I am currently …
reviewed Moneyball. October 14, 2011
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Moneyball
Is it more surprising that a movie was made of Moneyball, Michael Lewis's great account of how Billy Beane made the A's a winning baseball team by finding undervalued players, or that it took …
reviewed Moneyball. October 19, 2011
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Moneyball
  Moneyball is not a conventional sports movie that ends with a team winning the big game.  It is a film that shows the highs and lows of the game of baseball.  Brad Pitt stars as …
reviewed St. Louis Cardinals. October 23, 2011
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St. Louis Cardinals
So you're in the market for a baseball team, and you have a certain set of qualifications that never, ever waver: You want to have a team that wins a lot, but without raiding the whole of the league for …
reviewed Fever Pitch (2005). December 03, 2011
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Fever Pitch (Widescreen Edition) (2005)
The only material the Farrelly brothers culled from Nick Hornby's classic book was the title. I suspect the inspiration process didn't go anywhere beyond reading the title of the book. Even the plot summary …
reviewed STL Cardinals Official 2011 World Ser.... December 17, 2011
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STL Cardinals Official 2011 World Series Championship Film
I have purchased every WS video since 1996 and am rarely disappointed. The 2011 World Series ranks up with the most exciting I ever saw and Game 6 was the most exciting game I have ever watched in all …
reviewed Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and L.... January 09, 2012
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Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team
Being a huge baseball fan and following the Mets since the mid-1960's I was glad to get an advance copy of this book. It is not the normal fare in that the first 24 pages has a summary of the Mets' …
reviewed Moneyball. January 21, 2012
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Moneyball
Baseball is a game of spitting, crotch scratching and often interminably long innings. Moneyball is a movie that deconstructs the myths of America’s home-style game and shows how it becomes an exemplar …
reviewed Major League II. January 28, 2012
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Major League II
The funny thing about Major League II is that it appears to have a specific team being used as the primary antagonist. The Cleveland Indians spend so much time playing against and worrying about the Chicago …
reviewed A League of Their Own. March 11, 2012
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A League of Their Own
The big difference between cliches that work and cliches that don't can sometimes be boiled down to simple context. Often, it's a lazy writer trick. If a screenwriter has an immediate need to connect …
reviewed Three Nights in August. April 11, 2012
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Three Nights in August
I've been a stalwart champion of the Billy Beane school of statistics ever since I first read Moneyball. I've defended the idea that, in spite of never winning a Pennant, Beane's new method of collecting …
reviewed The Last Boy. May 21, 2012
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The Last Boy
I tend to dismiss most baseball books that have the word "last" in the title, unless it's a reference to a last-place team. "Last" in the context of the passage of time is usually a look through the nostalgia …
reviewed Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: T.... July 21, 2012
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Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable
Like every other baseball team, the New York Mets have fielded their fair share of squads revered by their fans, teams which struck a note with followers more than any of the others. They've been to the …
reviewed Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series. September 20, 2012
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Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series
No review for this. Not a proper one, anyway. Having not fulfilled my writing obligation last month and being in danger of not fulfilling it this month, I recently ordered a set of vintage World Series …
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