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Cinderella Story

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***CubbieDude Note: I realize that this book isn’t about the Cubs, or even about baseball, but since this is the offseason, and since the author, Bill Murray, is a Chicago area native and a humongous Cubs fan, I was hoping to get a free pass.*** The full title of this one is “Cinderella Story – My Life In Golf”. It’s written by Bill Murray with George Peper, and was published in 1999. Bill, of course, is the local boy who figured big in the movie “Caddyshack”, playing groundskeeper Carl Spackler. That movie is based on his experiences as a caddy. […]

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Cubs Nation

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Here’s a great book! Titled “Cubs Nation”. By Gene Wojciechowski. Published in 2005. Written about (and during) the 2004 season. The front cover proudly proclaims: “162 Games – 162 Stories”, and that’s exactly what it is. Every game is a chapter. Date, score, location, stats and stuff. Followed by a story peripheral to the Cubs on the field. 162 stories or so. My goodness, there’s Greg Maddux, Las Vegas oddsmakers, collectors, Mark Grace, George Will, Wrigley beer vendors, a guy who was shot dead, a wedding party, Ron Shelton, Ernie in L.A., Cubs’ director of stadium operations, a Wrigleyville real […]

Thursday

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October 2009

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A Statistical Treatise (Part 2)

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Before we were so rudely interrupted, I was considering the question: “When Does a Pitcher Earn an Earned Run?”. – What determines the fate of a batted ball? “The most powerful determinant is blind luck, followed by the pitcher; and then by defense and the tendencies of the ballpark.” – “Stolen bases may get the glory in the box score, but sneaking in a few extra bases when the ball is in play is where the real money is.” – “…the first rule of baserunning is ‘don’t get caught’.” – “Once teams have fallen behind by 2 or more runs, […]

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October 2009

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A Statistical Treatise

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I was riding on the “L” with my big sister beside me. She looked over, saw all the charts and graphs, and exclaimed: “What are you READING??” So I showed her the cover. “It’s just a baseball book” I said. She sighed, mightily, and shook her head from side to side. The official title of this book is “Baseball Between The Numbers – Why Everything You Know About The Game Is Wrong”, by “The Experts At Baseball Prospectus”. Edited by Jonah Keri. It was published in 2006. There’s a lot of information included herein. Rob Neyer is quoted on the […]

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Total Baseball

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This is, by far, the biggest baseball book I have ever read. It contains over 2,500 pages. It weighs five pounds! It is “The Official Encyclopedia Of Major League Baseball”. It’s title is “Total Baseball – Seventh Edition”, by John Thorn, Pete Palmer, and Michael Gershman. This edition was published in 2001. Bill James is quoted on the back cover: “This book will take its place among the great ones about the game, and every baseball library that lacks one will be suddenly obsolete.” I enjoyed going through this book, although it is a reference book and not necessarily meant […]