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My favorite all time baseball book is The Summer Game by Roger Angell. It is a collection of pieces he wrote in the 60's and early 70's for The New Yorker. The writing is excellent and will really get you in the mood for some games from that era.

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mrpuna wrote:

My favorite all time baseball book is The Summer Game by Roger Angell. It is a collection of pieces he wrote in the 60's and early 70's for The New Yorker. The writing is excellent and will really get you in the mood for some games from that era.



I read it years ago, if I recall.  I have it in paperback.  I'll have to pull it out again some day and re-read it.

 



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Two more for the library, courtesy of Half-Price Books:

Waiting for Cooperstown, by Sam Reich

Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants and Stars - Umpiring in the Negro Leagues and Beyond, by Bob Motley, with Byron Motley.

"Imagine we were starting over with the Hall of Fame and YOU had the responsibility...Where would you start?"

That quote, from Sam Reich, sums up the goal of his book.  Reich essentially de-constructs the Hall, and evaluates the various standards applied to the selection process for all of the players whose careers fell between 1901-'72.

In doing so, he points out where some key names are missing, and has his own list of 10 players he feels should be in that were not at the time the book was finished (2007):

Ron Santo
Maury Wills
Gil Hodges
Allie Reynolds
Joe Gordon (selected for the Hall in 2009)
Stan Hack
Jim Kaat
Bob Johnson
Vern Stephens
Wes Ferrell

Bob Motley is the only surviving umpire from the Negro Leagues.  Motley umpired in the Pacific Coast League, and also called games behind the plate at the College World Series.

A combat veteran in the Marine Corps during World War II, Motley now serves on the board of directors at the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

Among his career highlights was umpiring in the East-West All-Star Game at Chicago's Comiskey Park.  Of those encounters, he offers some fascinating differences between the Blackball mid-season classic, and the Major League Baseball version.

"The East-West competitions were always fiercely fought battles," he wrote.  "Unlike Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, this was not an exhibition game where players were rotated in every few innings as a goodwill gesture to give everybody an opportunity to play.  No way: for black players, the East-West game is what separated the men from the boys.  Everyone was out to win and show the fans, sportswriters, owners and each other just what they were made of.  Players were out for blood, and their skippers managed accordingly."

Motley must have been a fine arbiter.  He was The Negro American League Umpire-In-Chief in 1951.  When he made his PCL debut in 1958 (as the league's second black umpire), a news release proclaimed his qualifications:

"...Robert C. Motley, Kansas City, who has the distinction of being the only man to answer all 200 questions correctly last year on the final exams of Al Somers' Umpire School."

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I lugged home another winner yesterday, from a local second-hand store (Value Village).

It's the 2001 edition of The Baseball Timeline, by Burt Solomon.

This massive reference book (1216 pages) cost me just $3.99 (retail price: $50).

The book lists the major baseball events of each year, from 1845 (Sept. 13 - Alexander Cartwright presents the first set of baseball rules, 20 in number...), through the end of the 2000 season.

Even better, a column on the left side of many pages also matches the baseball timeline with historical news events (Texas became the 28th state in 1845).

It also features little bits of trivia about history, culture, and baseball that appropriate to the year being covered.

Did you know, for instance, that there were no Hall of Fame inductees in 1958, (or 1943, 1951, 1960, or 1965 either -- I looked it up)?

There has been at least one every year since '65.

All I can say about '43 and '51 is that they must have really taken the job seriously, given who has made the Hall since!



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Very cool book, (The Baseball Timeline), especially the trivia tidbits. My copy however was mistaken for a chew toy by my Labrador when he was a puppy. My copy is marked at $45 so you got quite the deal.

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scorpio rising 2 wrote:

Very cool book, (The Baseball Timeline), especially the trivia tidbits. My copy however was mistaken for a chew toy by my Labrador when he was a puppy. My copy is marked at $45 so you got quite the deal.



That's one big bite radius on your Lab! wink



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Hi Seaj,
            Yeah, he was a frisky pup, actually, he chewed up the front cover at one corner, the pages were not damaged. In spite of the minimal damage, at $45 I wasn"t happy about it.



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stratfan70 wrote:

I would like to apply for a library card in your library.



Could I get one of those as well? Please?

DEADROCK

 



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I just finished reading Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms by Eldon Auker, as I look ahead to my 1934 replay.

Auker certainly doesn't hold back, with some of his stories.  And I will certainly never look at Mickey Cochrane's card the same way again.  Very tragic story.

(You have to read the book, 'cause I ain't tellin'.)

The Gashouse Gang, by John Heidenry, is next.

I'll think about the library cards. wink

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As if I need anymore books.

But I remember looking at a copy of the 'The Baseball Book of 1911' when I was a kid. Surely would be highly collectible now. But I recently picked up a reprint!!! I cant resist. A readable copy. Coupled with SABR's "Deadball Stars of the National League" and "Deadball Stars of the American League" I now have some reference to go with the 1911 stratomatic cards.

So many project ideas, so little time.





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I am reading Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules Tygiel right now. I am a third of the way through and so far I think the book is great. It could make it on my list of five star baseball books.

I loved THe Gashouse Gang.

BTW, I have run accross several copies of Deadball Stars of the American League at used books stores, etc. I have not seen one copy of Deadball Stars of the National League which I am more interested in. Maybe I will find it at the next public library sale with Jeff.

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TerryB wrote:

I am reading Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules Tygiel right now. I am a third of the way through and so far I think the book is great. It could make it on my list of five star baseball books.

I loved THe Gashouse Gang.

BTW, I have run accross several copies of Deadball Stars of the American League at used books stores, etc. I have not seen one copy of Deadball Stars of the National League which I am more interested in. Maybe I will find it at the next public library sale with Jeff.



I finished Gashouse Gang, and I'm working on Memories of a Ballplayer by Bill Werber and C. Paul Rogers.

Gashouse Gang was excellent.

I have also seen a few copies of Deadball Stars of the American League floating around, as well as a couple of copies of Strat-O-Matic Fanatics.

If I see a copy of Deadball Stars/N.L., I'll let you know.  There is one listed in "new" condition on amazon.com, available from bookoutpost (PA), for $4.99 + $3.99/shipping.  That's probably as good a price as you'll find.

I was at Half Price Books again tonight.  I grabbed three more books for my library:

The Corporal Was a Pitcher, by Ira Berkow.  I'd had the book on my Amazon Wish List, but this one cost less, so I grabbed it.

Matty: An American Hero, the Christy Mathewson bio by Ray Robinson.  I've read that it's pretty typical Robinson reading (no heavy lifting).

Breaking the Slump, by Charles C. Alexander, which is about baseball during the Depression.  Like Gashouse Gang, Memories of a Ballplayer, and Sleep Cars and Flannel Uniforms, Breaking the Slump should provide more background for when I start my 1934 replay next month.

The '34 season will be my 56-game season project for 2011.  After that, I'll work with the Negro League set (can't believe I still haven't done that).

Maybe I'll put together a post-'34 barnstorming tour (Dizzy Dean vs. Satchel Paige oughtta be fun).

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I picked up three books today at Revolving Books. I found the classic "You Know Me Al"by Ring Lardner. I have seen this on some best baseball books lists. I found "The Universal Baseball Association" by Robert Coover. I have seen comments on this ranging from one of the best fictional baseball books to all-time favorite book of any kind. Then I got "You're Missin a Great Game" by Whitey Herzog. The Herzog book was recommended to me by a friend.

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I had a great time Saturday afternoon, making the Half-Price Books rounds with fellow Strat bud stratfan70.

I found three more books:

Lost Summer - The '67 Red Sox and the Impossible Dream, by Bill Reynolds

Joe DiMaggio - The Hero's Life, by Richard Ben Cramer

The Glory Days - New York Baseball, 1947-1957, edited by John Thorne

The last two were in the clearance section, at $3 and $2, respectively.

After we grabbed some books, we hit the local Dick's Drive-In for burgers and fries.

Non-baseball note:  After all these years of being drawn to it everytime it hit PBS, I finally snatched-up a copy of A Black and White Night, the absolute fantastic Roy Orbison concert video, while we were at Half-Price.

If you have never seen it, you are missing out!

Roy jams with a hand-picked band made up of musicians who were literally begging to play with him, including Bruce Springsteen (classic jam on Pretty Woman), Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, T-Bone Burnett, J. D. Souther, and a star-studded trio of female backing vocalists: Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes and k.d. lang.

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seajaw wrote:

I had a great time Saturday afternoon, making the Half-Price Books rounds with fellow Strat bud stratfan70.

I found three more books:

Lost Summer - The '67 Red Sox and the Impossible Dream, by Bill Reynolds

Joe DiMaggio - The Hero's Life, by Richard Ben Cramer

The Glory Days - New York Baseball, 1947-1957, edited by John Thorne

The last two were in the clearance section, at $3 and $2, respectively.

After we grabbed some books, we hit the local Dick's Drive-In for burgers and fries.

Non-baseball note:  After all these years of being drawn to it everytime it hit PBS, I finally snatched-up a copy of A Black and White Night, the absolute fantastic Roy Orbison concert video, while we were at Half-Price.

If you have never seen it, you are missing out!

Roy jams with a hand-picked band made up of musicians who were literally begging to play with him, including Bruce Springsteen (classic jam on Pretty Woman), Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, T-Bone Burnett, J. D. Souther, and a star-studded trio of female backing vocalists: Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes and k.d. lang.



I also had a good time going with seajaw to his book haunts.  Where we had lunch has some if the best burgers & fries in Seattle.

I picked up,

Strat-O-Matic Fanatics by Glenn Guzzo-- Always wanted to read it.

Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn--- I have not read it in a couple of decades.

The Baseball Timeline by Burt Solomon---I saw this book at Seajaw's and after I had leafed through it I wanted to get a copy of it.  What a bargan it was at $10 for a $50 book.

 



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