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    "Up Up and Away" by Jonah Keri, about the Montreal Expos. Haven't made it very far yet, but I like Keri's voice.

    Update: Finished the book last night, really enjoyable once he gets to the 1980s and 1990s. Keri attended several games and wrote this book as a fan, not as a baseball analyst. It made the anecdotes more personal and fun to read.
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    Finished a couple books this week:

    "Pitching to the Pennant: 1954 Cleveland Indians"...biographies of all the players on the team and some articles about the All-Star Game, World Series, etc. SABR project.

    "Baseball Prodigies" by Charles L. Faber. Top ten hitting seasons and top ten pitching seasons of players under the age of 21 who played at least 5 years as a regular. Also paragraphs on 172 other players who debuted < 21 and played at least 5 seasons. Pretty good read, a few names I wasn't familiar with so it was educational for me.

    Currently working on "Wrigley Field: The Long Life & Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines" by Stuart Shea. Good history of the park up to the current times. I especially liked the section about the process of getting lights. I had not been aware that it was actually against the law for Wrigley to have lights, and that law was reversed in 1988 when MLB told the city they could have the All-Star Game only if lights were installed!

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    This week I started the Walter O'Malley bio named "Forever Blue", by Michael D'Antonio. This is a fabulous work of research, providing a great deal of insight into the behind the scenes stories of the power brokers in New York in O'Malley's time. All of these details are matters over which I can be objective, because I never had reason to root for any NY baseball team. Its good to read this from an historical perspective. D'Antonio treats O'Malley with a great deal of respect, for he was a natural born leader who learned to love baseball in adulthood, as I have read it thus far.
    Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairmetalfreek View Post
    Finished a couple books this week:

    "Pitching to the Pennant: 1954 Cleveland Indians"...biographies of all the players on the team and some articles about the All-Star Game, World Series, etc. SABR project.

    "Baseball Prodigies" by Charles L. Faber. Top ten hitting seasons and top ten pitching seasons of players under the age of 21 who played at least 5 years as a regular. Also paragraphs on 172 other players who debuted < 21 and played at least 5 seasons. Pretty good read, a few names I wasn't familiar with so it was educational for me.

    Currently working on "Wrigley Field: The Long Life & Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines" by Stuart Shea. Good history of the park up to the current times. I especially liked the section about the process of getting lights. I had not been aware that it was actually against the law for Wrigley to have lights, and that law was reversed in 1988 when MLB told the city they could have the All-Star Game only if lights were installed!
    I have been buying old Sporting News editions, and one I have from either 1985 or 1986 had a piece on the Wrigley light battle in Chicago. I had forgotten all about that until I read that piece. I was a young kid then, junior high age, so I didn't pay a lot of attention to the battle. Interesting stuff, for sure.
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it!" Dizzy Dean

    "I sure was having a picnic with Frisch. You oughta seen the fellows in the clubhouse when I was puttin' him on. They was duckin' behind posts, tryin' to keep Frank from seein' how they was laughin', an' I had a time keepin' a straight face myself. I hope Frank manages the Cardinals forever. I sure love to drive that Dutchman nuts!" Dizzy Dean

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    The Mickey Mantle Novel by peter golenbock.

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    Dawn of a Dynasty: The Incredible and Improbable Story of the 1947 New York Yankees by Frank Strauss. Just started this and so far an exceptional read.
    Axes grind and maces clash!

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    "I have been buying old Sporting News editions"


    You can read them online for free with the Paper of Record app for your iPhone or IPad. Works great. I have been reading old issues from the 1961-62 season.

    The app only costs $4.99. Best $5 I ever spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apbaball View Post
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    "I have been buying old Sporting News editions"


    You can read them online for free with the Paper of Record app for your iPhone or IPad. Works great. I have been reading old issues from the 1961-62 season.

    The app only costs $4.99. Best $5 I ever spent.
    That is good info, I appreciate it. When I get an iphone or ipad I will certainly get that app. Thanks!

    Just bought The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball by Aaron Skirboll. The 1985 Pittsburgh cocaine trials have come up recently in a thread and I realized how little I have read on this topic. I have some interesting blurbs about it in a couple of the late-season 1985 The Sporting News editions I have, but the paper really doesn't cover the details (at least not the editions I have currently). I vaguely remember this from almost 30 years ago (my how time flies), but I was only 10 when the trial hit and I only remember anti-drug messages about "just say no" and eggs in frying pans.

    If anyone has read this book, I'd appreciate a quick review.
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it!" Dizzy Dean

    "I sure was having a picnic with Frisch. You oughta seen the fellows in the clubhouse when I was puttin' him on. They was duckin' behind posts, tryin' to keep Frank from seein' how they was laughin', an' I had a time keepin' a straight face myself. I hope Frank manages the Cardinals forever. I sure love to drive that Dutchman nuts!" Dizzy Dean

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    Now I'm reading The Yankees Baseball Reader: A Collection of Writings on the Game's Greatest Dynasty by Adam Brunner and Josh Leventhal.
    I finished this one. It was very good and I would recommend it.

    Next up is Dave Winfield's Dropping the Ball.

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    Going to start "Where they ain't" again.
    “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” – Walter Lippmann

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    About to finish Feeding The Monster, by Seth Mnookin. Decent.

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    Old Time Baseball: America's Pasttime in the Gilded Age, by Harvey Frommer, 2005. Frommer's style is a bit dry, but he is an acknowledged expert on this topic, and his book is filled with anecdotes of the type which I hoped to find. Good stuff.
    Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

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    The Lee Allen twin tomes, History of the American League and History of the National League, picked up at the National Sports Card Convention in Cleveland over the weekend for $1 for each.
    Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Alex Sparky
    Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
    Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
    Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
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    Reading "The Summer of 68". The Tigers and the Cardinals................detailing the year of the pitcher......................but in the background of the season are the riots, the assassinations, the Vietnam War, the Democratic convention and how it all played out with baseball and the real world colliding. Excellent read...............by Tim Wendel.

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    Got two new books in the mail: George Will's Men at Work and Ernestine Miller's The Babe Book. I can't wait to read these in three years after I get done reading all the other books I have to read.

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    Purchased and began 1921 The Yankees, The Giants, & the bathe for baseball supremacy in New York. Pretty good so far, lots of interesting material, people so far (McGraw, Ruth, Yankees-Red Sox transactions, gambling, lively ball, big market pro/con). From the Preface and Charles Alexander's Foreward this is a crucial season in the history of baseball, in particular moving forward from the Black Sox scandal.

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    Presently, I'm reading Baseball is My Life by Tom Seaver and The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Presently, I'm reading Baseball is My Life by Tom Seaver and The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter.
    Awesome! I just finished buying 4 books off amazon, one of which is the Ritter book you mentioned. I may not get to seriously read them until this winter, but I do plan on flipping through them between the readings for class. Here are the books I just bought:

    The Glory of Their Times - Lawrence Ritter
    As Good as it Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns - by our own David Heller (he posts in the Browns forum here)
    Tales From the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History - Mark Halfon
    The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game - Edward Achorn
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it!" Dizzy Dean

    "I sure was having a picnic with Frisch. You oughta seen the fellows in the clubhouse when I was puttin' him on. They was duckin' behind posts, tryin' to keep Frank from seein' how they was laughin', an' I had a time keepin' a straight face myself. I hope Frank manages the Cardinals forever. I sure love to drive that Dutchman nuts!" Dizzy Dean

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    About to start The Gashouse Gang by Robert E. Hood. Perhaps Herr Cardinal has read it. It was published in 1976, and I have a weird bias against older books. I'm always afraid the information will be severely outdated or the thinking will be too…antiquated, I suppose. I can only read so much about wins and RBI.
    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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    Maybe I've mentioned this before, but do y'all know you can get the audio of Ritter's actual interviews with the old ballplayers? Reading the book is fine, but I found it marvelous to hear their real voices, their own inflections as they tell the stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pere View Post
    Maybe I've mentioned this before, but do y'all know you can get the audio of Ritter's actual interviews with the old ballplayers? Reading the book is fine, but I found it marvelous to hear their real voices, their own inflections as they tell the stories.
    That is awesome! Where do we find this, is it for download somewhere or available only on CD or something like that?
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it!" Dizzy Dean

    "I sure was having a picnic with Frisch. You oughta seen the fellows in the clubhouse when I was puttin' him on. They was duckin' behind posts, tryin' to keep Frank from seein' how they was laughin', an' I had a time keepin' a straight face myself. I hope Frank manages the Cardinals forever. I sure love to drive that Dutchman nuts!" Dizzy Dean

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