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reviewed Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark,.... April 11, 2012
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a
As Red Sox fans and the city of Boston prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park a number of books have been published to commemorate the occasion. When I happened upon a copy of Glenn …
reviewed Terry Francona. September 25, 2011
Terry Francona
Just in case you haven't noticed the Boston Red Sox are in the midst of an historic September collapse that would compare to the Philadelphia Phillies legendary swoon way back in 1964.  As I …
reviewed Pujols: More Than The Game. July 21, 2011
Pujols: More Than The Game
This observation about the St. Louis Cardinals slugging first baseman Albert Pujols by Yahoo.com sports columnist Jeff Passan seems to capture the essence of the man. Many consider Pujols to be the finest …
reviewed The Making of a Championship Heart. May 03, 2011
The Making of a Championship Heart
You need not be a New York Yankees fan to appreciate Steve Yerrid's marvelous new book "The Making Of A Championship Heart". Mr. Yerrid is a lifelong Yankee fan who also enjoyed a close …
reviewed Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption .... April 24, 2011
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball's Longest Game
On a chilly Saturday evening in April 1981 1740 hearty souls gathered for a Triple-A baseball game in a run-down 1940's-era ballpark in the city of Pawtucket, RI. This night the game pitted the Rochester …
reviewed Fenway Park. October 04, 2010
Fenway Park
To those living outside of New England the notion that there might actually be Boston Red Sox fans who want to see a new ballpark built might seem just a bit far-fetched.  If you believe the hype …
reviewed George Steinbrenner. July 13, 2010
George Steinbrenner
 George Steinbrenner passed away today. He was 80 years old. I will shed no tears for this man because in my opinion he was largely responsible for the destruction of major league sports in this …
reviewed Wiffle Ball. June 23, 2010
Wiffle Ball
It is played in the backyards of suburbia and in vacant lots in the inner city.  Likewise, you will find people of all ages playing on the beach, in the park and at the neighborhood playground.  …
reviewed Blown Call Costs Pitcher Perfect Game. June 03, 2010
Blown Call Costs Pitcher Perfect Game
In a monumental miscarriage of justice Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was denied a perfect game on Wednesday when umpire Jim Joyce clearly blew a call at first base with two outs in the ninth …
reviewed Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn,.... February 24, 2010
Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded
Being a avid baseball fan I jumped at the chance to read Edward Achorn's new book "Fifty Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball and the Greatest Season A Pitcher Ever Had".  …
reviewed National Baseball Hall of Fame and Mu.... August 27, 2009
National Baseball Hall of Fame
If you are a huge baseball fan like I am but reside in a place like Denver or Los Angeles then you might be wondering if a pilgrimage to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, …
reviewed Baseball's Longest Game. July 07, 2009
Longest Game
It was Saturday, April 16, 1981.  During the week I had promised to take two kids from my neighborhood to the Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game scheduled for that night.   As I recall it …
reviewed Minor League Baseball. July 06, 2009
Minor League Baseball
I love minor league baseball.  Whenever my wife and I travel during the good old summertime we hope to make a minor league baseball game part of our itinerary.   For us there is nothing …
reviewed Manny Ramirez. May 11, 2009
Manny Ramirez
Since former Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette made his deal with the devil by signing Manny Ramirez to an 8 year, $160 million contact back in 2000 Red Sox fans have seen it all.   …
reviewed Boston Red Sox. April 24, 2009
Red Sox 1
The are one of the marquee franchises in all of professional sports.  At this writing they have sold out a record 550 consecutive games!   Meanwhile,  they have won …
reviewed Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee. January 10, 2009
Yogi Berra Eternal Yankee
Yogi Berra had ten World Series rings, eighteen All-Star selections, three Most Valuable Player awards, pages of World Series records, and the most homers and RBI's ever at his position. He had caught …
reviewed APBA Pro Baseball. January 08, 2009
APBA Pro Baseball
Believe it or not I started playing APBA Pro Baseball when I was still a teenager back in 1971.  It was during that spring that my friends and I started our own APBA baseball league.  Though …
reviewed 27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games. December 21, 2008
27 Men Out Baseball's Perfect Games
Ordinarily I am not a big fan of sports books.  But every now and again I will come across a book that piques my curiosity.  Such was the case with Michael Coffey's "27 Men Out: Baseball's …
reviewed Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball .... December 07, 2008
If you are a guy or gal who was born before 1950 and enjoy the game of baseball then Phillip Hoose's "Perfect, Once Removed:  When Baseball Was All the World to Me " should be right …
reviewed Working At The Ballpark: The Fascinat.... December 07, 2008
Working at the Ballpark
Although he had never written a book before aspiring author Tom Jones had a marvelous idea. Why not ask people involved in all aspects of the baseball industry these three simple questions: "What is your …
reviewed Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robi.... December 01, 2008
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series)
By the time the middle of the 1940's rolled around Branch Rickey, President of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was already widely acknowledged as one of the smartest, most innovative executives in all of baseball.  …
reviewed A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight.... December 01, 2008
It has been so many years since the events depicted in "A Well Paid Slave" took place that I had largely forgotten a good deal of the story. In fact, I am ashamed to admit that I was unaware …
reviewed Negro League Baseball: The Rise and R.... November 30, 2008
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution
While most knowledgeable baseball fans have a passing acquaintance with Negro League Baseball, precious little ink has been devoted to the institution itself.  Author Neil Lanctot has corrected this …
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