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Book review: Banzai Babe Ruth

Posted: 18th February 2013 by Paul Gillespie in Book reviews

Editor’s note: Please welcome Japanese baseball expert Paul Gillespie to the site. Today, Paul reviews the book that recently won the prestigious Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research. ____________ As a baseball historian, I looked forward to reading Robert Fitts’ 2012 book, Banzai Babe Ruth. I was not disappointed. Fitts carefully reconstructed […]

I was three years old the first time I got a pack of baseball cards, four when I went to my first game, five when I started Little League. I began to read about baseball history a few years later, and for most of my childhood, I idealized the game. I read its stories, saw […]

My 10 favorite baseball books

Posted: 28th February 2011 by Graham Womack in Book reviews

1. The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter: When this book was updated in 1985, a reviewer wrote, “This was the best baseball book published in 1966, it is the best baseball book of its kind now, and, if it is reissued in 10 years, it will be the best baseball book of 1995.” […]

At the beginning of the 20th century, baseball was practiced in the style favored by New York Giants’ manager John McGraw: Play for the single run with a base hit, followed by the hit and run, a sacrifice or a stolen base. But by 1921, Babe Ruth was in his second season with the New […]

Book review: A Bitter Cup of Coffee by Douglas J. Gladstone

Posted: 11th October 2010 by Graham Womack in Book reviews

By all appearances, Ernie Fazio is doing well. Decades removed from baseball, the former Houston Colt .45′s and Kansas City Athletics infielder lives in Alamo, California in a sprawling house currently listing for $1.5 million. This past weekend found him celebrating news of his daughter’s engagement to a son of former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle […]

Ted Williams vs. The Machine

Posted: 19th July 2010 by Graham Womack in Book reviews
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I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before, but I’m a big fan of “The Office” on NBC. I’ve seen every show, own four seasons on DVD, and am to the point I’ve watched most of my favorite episodes two and three times, minimum. In a classic episode, the fictional paper merchant depicted, Dunder-Mifflin, […]

Book Review: The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

Posted: 28th June 2010 by Graham Womack in Book reviews

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a representative of a publishing company, Sourcebooks. The rep said New York Times bestselling author Len Berman has a new book due out this fall, The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. The rep wrote: I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on his list, […]

In January, I had a rare, wonderful day of research that any writer may know, a stretch of hours where time suspended for a great chase. I decided not long before to write a book on Joe Marty, a ballplayer from my hometown, Sacramento. Marty came up in the Pacific Coast League with Joe DiMaggio […]

Baseball cards played a big role in my childhood. As I’ve written here before, I got my first cards when I was around three, started collecting a few years later and at one point had roughly 5,000 cards. I outgrew card collecting by the time I hit high school, though nostalgia leads me to buy […]

Classic book review: Summer of ’49

Posted: 20th February 2010 by Graham Womack in Book reviews
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Since reviewing The Boys of Summer here in November, I have been meaning to write about more classic baseball books that I have read.  There are a few classics.  Ball Four comes to mind, as does The Glory of Their Times, Ken Burns Baseball and a recent addition, Game of Shadows.  But if The Boys […]