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reviewed The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary .... January 24, 2010
The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a
The Cincinatti Reds were my favorite baseball team throughout my youth. I was always a big fan of their larger than life players Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Jonny Bench, Ken Griffey, Tony Perez, Don Gullett, …
reviewed Bull Durham (1988). March 13, 2000
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Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball and Sex. Two Pastimes that have been present in America since the 1800's. Well sex went back even further than that. Anyway, this adaptation of the life of minor league baseball players and a …
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World
Originally published in 1963, rereleased in 1987 to coincide with the "Major Motion Picture" trumpeted on the cover.    The story of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, when eight members …
reviewed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfa.... February 03, 2008
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
First, Moneyball was not written by Billy Beane, as many people who have not yet read it (myself included) often describe it in a convenient but incorrect form of shorthand.    Second, …
reviewed Eight Men Out (1988). May 19, 2003
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Eight Men Out (1988)
For the longest time, I never really understood why the Chicago Black Sox did what they did. However, after doing a little research behind the 1919 Black Sox scandal, I now understand. They did what they …
reviewed The Pride of the Yankees (1943). March 01, 2004
The Pride of the Yankees (1943)
"The Pride of the Yankees" is without a doubt one of the best baseball films of all time. Why? Because it isn't just about baseball. It's about a real person seeking that seemingly impossible American …
reviewed Shoeless Summer. February 20, 2004
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Shoeless Summer
"Shoeless Summer" is an excellent account of Shoeless Joe Jackson's days in Americus, GA, where he played semi-pro baseball in 1923. It gives you a day-to-day, inning-by-inning description of the events …
reviewed 61* (2001). June 30, 2003
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61* (2001)
I bought "61*" on a whim. I have a soft spot for baseball movies, and it was the first one I happened upon when I bought it. What a surprise! This movie is, hands down, the best baseball movie I've seen …
reviewed 61* (2001). June 30, 2003
61* (2001)
I bought "61*" on a whim. I have a soft spot for baseball movies, and it was the first one I happened upon when I was looking for a new DVD one night. What a surprise! This movie is, hands down, the best …
reviewed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfa.... April 27, 2004
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Being a British naturalised Kiwi, I could not possibly know (or, to be honest, care) less about baseball. Nonetheless, I found this to be a fascinating book, and have been recommending it to everyone …
reviewed Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn,.... February 25, 2010
Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded
Fifty Nine in 84 takes you back to before the "modern" era of baseball, where teams consisted of maybe 13 players. Players didn't use gloves and hard drinking, hard fighting and short careers were the …
reviewed Now I Can Die in Peace: How The Sport.... February 13, 2010
Now I Can Die in Peace: How The Sports Guy Found
Bill Simmons book is a walk down memory lane with a completion of his various writings and columns from the late 90's to the raising of the World series flag.    Unlike other compilations …
reviewed Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox .... February 01, 2005
Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans
Frankly, I read "Faithful" because I'm a diehard Stephen King fan, and I tend to follow all his work the way he follows the Red Sox. I trumpet his successes to anyone who will listen, and I look at his …
reviewed Field of Dreams. August 02, 2001
Field of Dreams
. . .baseball movie of all time.I saw this movie in the theatres back when it was first released (and nominated for the Academy Award). I now own it (and have for years) and re-watch it periodically.The …
reviewed A League of Their Own (1992). February 05, 2008
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A League of Their Own (1992)
A great movie, a classic. I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. The cast is suberb and the performances they give and excellent. There is truly nothing bad about this movie. It is both inspiring and entertaining. …
reviewed New York Yankees 12 Pack Cooler. March 23, 2010
New York Yankees 12 Pack Cooler
Pros: Well made, leakproof, soft handle, collapsible, attractive, for cold or hot items     Cons: If you don't like the Yankees, you won't want this!     The Bottom …
reviewed League of Their Own. May 02, 2000
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League of Their Own
Pros: The Cast, The Sets, The Costumes, The Story... Hey! It's Baseball!!!     Cons: Absolutely nothing. I can watch it over & over.     I love this movie. …
reviewed League of Their Own. May 02, 2000
League of Their Own
Pros: The Cast, The Sets, The Costumes, The Story... Hey! It's Baseball!!!     Cons: Absolutely nothing. I can watch it over & over.     I love this movie. …
Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season Books
Pros: player info     Cons: confusing writers, who was who?     The Bottom Line: "Because I love that dirty water   Oh, oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, …
reviewed League of Their Own. August 03, 2004
League of Their Own
Pros: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and the All American Girls Professional Baseball League     Cons: Couldn't find a one     The Bottom Line: One of the better films …
reviewed Ball Four. October 13, 2010
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Ball Four
Pros: Lives up to its hype     Cons: Doesn't surpass its hype     The Bottom Line: Bouton can take heart in the fact that the fans - you know, the people who COUNT …
reviewed 90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And O.... September 05, 2010
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90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales
Pros: Sharp, witty, entertaining     Cons: Span refers to New York City as just "New York"     The Bottom Line: I read too many GOOD baseball books! I need a bad …
reviewed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfa.... September 01, 2010
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Pros: Interesting account of front office life and statistics     Cons: Wanders and jumps around too much     The Bottom Line: The real game is money!     …
reviewed Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseba.... June 24, 2010
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Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic
Pros: Light and breezy, but also very interesting and thoughtful     Cons: Did Milano HAVE to pimp her clothing line and talk about her relationships with ballplayers?     …
reviewed The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary .... June 13, 2010
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The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a
Pros: Well written, plenty of background on certain players...     Cons: ...Because the 1975 Reds as they were are a snooze by themselves     The Bottom Line: Sorry …
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