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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame”


Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame. By Zev Chafets. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009. I have enjoyed the National Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (HoF) for many years, having visited … Continue reading

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Are There Ways to Speed Up MLB Baseball Games?


There has been a lot of commentary of late about the length of time being required to play major league baseball games. I know from personal experience that many of the Washington Nationals games are more than three hours in … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Pete Rose: An American Dilemma”


Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. By Kostya Kennedy. New York: Sports Illustrated Books, 2014. Pete Rose is an icon, despite all that has happened to him over the years. A player more dedicated than talented he still reigns as the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers”


Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers. By Mike Shropshire. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1996. As a Texas Rangers beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1973 Mike … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Stars Are Back: The St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, and Player Unrest in 1946″


The Stars Are Back: The St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, and Player Unrest in 1946. By Jerome M. Mileur. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. In honor of the opening of the 2013 World Series between the St. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The 1972 Detroit Tigers”


The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs. By Todd Masters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2010. The Detroit Tigers were an unlikely victor in the American League East in 1972. Viewed by almost everyone at the start … Continue reading

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Does the MLB Commissioner Have the Right to Overturn Owner’s Trades/Sales/Deals?


The question above is one that many people have debated during the last couple of weeks as the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays undertook a megadeal that swapped several star players for top prospects. In mid-November 2012 the Marlins … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick”


Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick. By Paul Dickson. New York: Walker and Co., 2012. 448 pages, photographs, acknowledgments, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. Hardcover with dustjacket, ISBN: 978-0-8027-1778-8, $28.00 U.S. Paul Dickson’s Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick is a most welcome … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “‘If You Were Only White’: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige”


“If You Were Only White”: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige. By Donald Spivey. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2012. As the editor for the “Sports and American Culture” series at the University of Missouri Press I was delighted to … Continue reading

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Last Stand of Whitey Herzog’s Cardinals: The 1987 World Series


Twenty-five years ago, in 1987 (and it seems like yesterday), the St. Louis Cardinals went to the World Series to face the Minnesota Twins. It seems appropriate to recall it now, as the World Series is currently underway. Sadly, the Cardinals are … Continue reading

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