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November 2009

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A Day In The Bleachers

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This is a really good book. Notwithstanding the obvious name similarity to that of THIS website (the book is titled “A Day in the Bleachers”), I recommend it most highly to fans of baseball as it once was. “A Day in the Bleachers” was written by Arnold Hano in 1954, although I read the 50th Anniversary Edition. Ostensibly, the book is about one ball game, the first game of the 1954 World Series, with the Cleveland Indians visiting the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in Harlem, New York City. But there’s a lot more to it. Roger Kahn […]

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November 2009

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I Remember Harry Caray

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This is the last in my current series of books about Harry Caray. It’s titled “I Remember Harry Caray”. It was published in 1998 (shortly after Harry’s death), and was written by Rich Wolfe and George Castle, with a Foreword by Jack Brickhouse. By and large, the most interesting observations came not from family and friends, not from baseball people, not from players and not from broadcast partners and coworkers, but rather from other media members, entertainers and sports figures, and fans. Here are some of my favorite quotes: – “What was the secret to Harry’s unbelievable appeal? He was […]

Saturday

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October 2009

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Baseball for Everyone!

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Here’s a book written by Joe DiMaggio, titled “”Baseball for Everyone”. It was first published in 1948, but reissued in 2002. Let me start with the Bio from the inside back jacket cover: – “Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999) played for the Yankees from 1936 to 1951, with time out for military service in World War II. In a poll taken in the 1940s he topped George Washington as ‘the greatest American of all time’.” One remarkable aspect of Joe’s career, as noted in Peter Golenbock’s Foreword: – “…(Joe DiMaggio) was a lifetime .325 hitter with such remarkable bat control that over […]

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October 2009

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Holy Cow!!

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The World Series starts tonight. The games will be telecast on FOX. While I have nothing personal against the announcing team of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck, it was Harry Carry who observed that some announcers are more interesting than others. Here’s a shout out to Harry. Harry Caray’s autobiography titled “Holy Cow”, published in 1989, and written with Bob Verdi, is the subject of this review. In opening we are treated to a first person account of Harry’s stroke (“cerebrovascular accident”) which occurred at a Palm Springs, CA, Country Club. He discusses getting fired by Anheuser-Busch after broadcasting Cardinals […]

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October 2009

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The Hit List

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I thought that in light of the Cubs hiring of a new hitting coach this past week, it would be appropriate to post something about hitting, in this case a book by Ted Williams. I saw the name of the primary author (Ted Williams) and knew I was gonna have to look at this one. It’s titled “Ted Williams’ Hit List – The Ultimate Ranking of Baseball’s Greatest Hitters”. The authors are Ted Williams and Jim Prime. It was published in 1996. I could describe this as an “un-sabermetric” work. Although metrics such as OBP, Slugging Percentage, et al. are […]