Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fable about weavers who promised their emperor a new suit of clothes.
Baseball historians generally agree on the mainstays of the baseball morality tale. They know that Abner Doubleday had nothing to do with the invention of the game.
I try to stay on the positive side of things as much as I can, because I’m a positive kind of guy. But once in a while, a book comes along that is so laughably obtuse that you just can’t give it a
“Does any biography deserve 700 pages? When you read Lazenby’s Michael Jordan: The Life you’ll be hard-pressed to answer anything but yes.”
“Muhammad Ali . . . fashioned from the most contentious sport something perilously close to beauty.”
“Bud Wilkinson would be proud of his son Jay’s work on this book—and he would’ve told him so.
“A Talk In The Park is baseball as you’ve never read it—and how you always remembered hearing it.”
“a fascinating, illuminating, engaging story of what it takes to be successful at the highest levels.
Picture a league full of pro players, several from the United States and the rest from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and the Ukraine—all playing on a base
“Better bring your own redemption when you come/To the barricades of Heaven where I’m from . . .”—Jackson Browne
This historically accurate book, a real gift to children, explains the effective and admirable life of Effa Manley, the first important female baseball clubowner.
Emmis Books, 2006
I only recently learned that my father played second base when he was in Little League; I was, justifiably, cordoned off in left field.
“Fenway Park, in Boston, is a little lyric bandbox of a ballpark,” begins the tale of Red Sox slugger Ted Williams’ final at bat on September 28, 1960, at the oldest major league baseball stadium c