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Anybody read anything good lately?
Outside of baseball, I have been reading a binch of James Burke.
I don't think I could finish it if I didn't already know the Nazis would lose at the end.
I've beeen musing about stuff like that lately, trying to come up with a team of unique players like Mark Fidrych, Manny, etc cetera.
Slightly off topic but I have read a number of great books about polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and today the BBC is reporting that five crates of his Scotch whisky and brandy have been found in the ice in Antarctica.
Gay, Timothy M. Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson. S. & S. Mar. 2010. c.384p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-4165-4798-3. $26.
Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues in 1947, but off-season "barnstorming" games by pro players were integrated before World War II. The larger-than-life Satchel Paige and Dizzy Dean played, one black, one white, both possessed of unequaled skill, panache, and an innate sense of marketing. Imagine a country fighting economic upheaval and starved for heroes and entertainment. Add the precocious Bob Feller, whose fastball was measured at better than 104 miles per hour, and you have a new classic baseball book. Gay (Tris Speaker) shows these men bringing integrated competition to baseball fans far from big league stadiums, from Cuba to the Pacific coast. With events that defy the imagination. Highly recommended.
Yeah, I'm looking forward to it as well, although like most of these books, it'll wind up on Amazon at about $3.98 before the year is up. And as usual, I'll have totally conflicted feelings about this.
Cameron, Mike. Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball’s Fred Merkle. Sporting Chance Press. Mar. 2010. c.184p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-0-9819-3421-1. $20. pap.
Chicago sportswriter Cameron [I was really hoping this was by the center fielder] presents a flavorful and entirely enjoyable history, not only of the unfortunate Fred Merkle, but of the deadball era, which was livelier than any ever known. ["Livelier"--I see what you did there] But it’s poor Merkle whom history remembers, because his failure to touch second base when his Giants got a walk-off homer meant he’d been technically forced out there (Rule 59), The Cubs haven’t won a series since that year, the “Merkle Curse.” Highly recommended for baseball fans young and old.—Margaret Heilbrun (MH), Library Journal
C'mon, Andy. The blurb says favorite and not best. There is a difference. That said, that book sounds like it is write up my alley. I've beeen musing about stuff like that lately, trying to come up with a team of unique players like Mark Fidrych, Manny, etc cetera.
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