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reviewed Who's on Worst?. September 08, 2013
Who's on Worst?
Baseball invites books like this with its long history and cross-generation comparable  data. Sports columnist Bondy looks at the players, managers, and owners from the bottom up, sometimes using …
reviewed The 50 Greatest Players in New York Y.... September 03, 2013
The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History a book
The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History is a 300 page book that opens with “Introduction: The Yankee Pedigree” before covering the top 50 players. The introduction covers the …
reviewed Who's on Worst?. August 22, 2013
Who's on Worst?
I know I'm merely reiterating a sentiment that's been recorded a million billion times in the past, but there isn't much of a better way to start a review of a book like this: Part of the big reason people …
reviewed A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez. June 19, 2013
A-ROD The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod, by Selena Roberts, doesn't take long to cut to the heart of what it really is. You can tell what it is easily by looking to the top of the cover, where it mentions that Roberts is the Sports Illustrated …
reviewed The 50 Greatest Players in New York Y.... May 22, 2013
The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History a book
This review is based on a free copy I received from At Home Plate.  I looked through this book and found it packed with a lot of great information, not only of the top 50 players but also players …
reviewed Pinstripe Empire. October 05, 2012
Pinstripe Empire
A great baseball team had better have a lot of truly great stories in its history, and with the New York Yankees, there are just tons. With the new book Pinstripe Empire, Marty Appel makes a concentrated, …
reviewed The Last Real Season. July 10, 2012
The Last Real Season
I can honestly say I've taken a real shine to Mike Shropshire's work. Or at least his baseball work. I've never read his football work, which is the majority of the books he's written, but his work revolving …
reviewed The Last Boy. May 21, 2012
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 Three Nights in August. April 11, 2012
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 Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and L.... January 09, 2012
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 Amazin'. July 30, 2011
Amazin'
My friend Matt told me this story: Understand that Matt is a major fan of the New York Mets. In 2009 he became a father for the first time, and one day he decided it was time to introduce his daughter, …
reviewed Sweet Lou and the Cubs. July 14, 2011
Sweet Lou and the Cubs
I must make an apology to all of the Cubs fans who may be reading this. In my recent attempt to honor the recently retired all-time managing great Lou Piniella, I set out to read and review a book about …
reviewed Cooperstown Confidential. July 09, 2011
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 Seasons in Hell. July 08, 2011
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 Home, Away. August 10, 2010
Home, Away
Baseball fans, do I have a book for you! Jeff Gillenkirk's Home, Away is one of the best baseball novels I have ever read - and I have read a bunch of them. (I enjoyed this book so much that I actually …
reviewed Baseball in Toledo. June 28, 2010
Baseball in Toledo
There has been a professional baseball team in Toledo, Ohio almost since the beginning of professional baseball. The first season was 1883 and although there is a long and colorful history of a team in …
reviewed The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary .... June 13, 2010
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 …
reviewed Castro's Curveball. May 31, 2010
Castro's Curveball
While it is not absolutely necessary, some knowledge about the role of baseball in Cuban life, the winter baseball league that used to exist in Cuba and the revolution carried out by Fidel Castro will …
reviewed Hard Ball. April 18, 2010
Hard Ball
It is a sad fact of life that people will always be segregated into classes and that segregation seems to be first solidified in high school. Children that played together when young gravitate away from …
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 Cubs Pride: For the Love of Ernie, Fe.... April 06, 2010
Cubs Pride: For the Love of Ernie, Fergie &
The Cubs got clobbered 16 to 5 on opening day and when that happens, the best medicine for the Cubs fan is to read some of the history of the team. Few people realize that the Cubs actually predate the …
reviewed 101 Reasons to Love the Cubs. April 04, 2010
101 Reasons to Love the Cubs
In the week before opening day of the baseball season and hope rises once again in the fan of every team, there is nothing better than reading about the Chicago Cubs. Now holders of the longest streak …
reviewed Pete Gray: One-Armed Major Leaguer. March 14, 2010
With only a stump for a right arm, Pete Gray is the most handicapped man ever to play major league baseball. While there is no question that he would not have played if so many of the regular players …
reviewed Babe Ruth. March 14, 2010
Babe Ruth
Many great ballplayers have walked the diamonds before and after Babe Ruth, but none have ever come close to his star power. He was truly the equivalent of a rock star; he altered the very way the game …
Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded
I am fascinated by professional sports in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   While the players may not have been as big, fast, or strong and modern athletes, they seem a thousand times …
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