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Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery
My goodness, they actually got away with publishing contemporary baseball real person fanfic. It's a shame that Jorge Volpi isn't a Red Sox fan; he kn...more
Jan 18, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
Catcher in the Wry
There's something quite...expected, I guess...about a Bob Uecker autobio that came out 2 months before the Brewers won the AL pennant. If you can't ge...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
Coyote Moon
suffers from a problem I've seen in too many baseball novels: the sense that the writer is writing about the wrong decade of baseball, with the wrong...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Stan Musial: An American Life
I would have rated the book higher if the author hadn't injected his opinion on how everything was better Back In the Good Old Days, one of my least f...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Blockade Billy/Morality
What's King trying to do, mock W.P. Kinsella? That's the only thing I can think of. Rather the sort of response story that Elizabeth Bear has made fam...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
The Hall of Nearly Great
Review to come, mostly about the ephemeral nature of Internet sportswriting. Also this is the 33 1/3 series of sportswriting anthologies: the ones tha...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Calico Joe
There's something about the narrative style I didn't like that prevented me from giving this 4 stars, but it's one of the few pieces of baseball ficti...more
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
The Art of Fielding
I had first abandoned this book after 6 chapters but a friend told me to keep reading after Pella showed up and I'm glad she did. Ignore the baseball...more
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America
a worthwhile look into the world of Wisconsin adult amateur baseball that fans of the game and people interested in Wisconsin culture should enjoy. (f...more
Apr 28, 2012
May 02, 2012
Things Happen for a Reason: The True Story of an Itinerant Life in Baseball
I'm wondering why I picked this one up in the first place, possibly because it was recced as an example of "life of quad-A reliever" and there really...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 09, 2009
Double Play (Pacific Heat, #1)
**spoiler alert** The romance was worth three stars, but the baseball was only worth one. I really don't need yet more PED sanctimony out of my pleasu...more
Aug 11, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
Sliding into Home (Harlequin Blaze, #486)
Wow, I didn't realize that abusive behavior that is later excused away by the heroine was still present in contemporary romance.

The racial stereotypes...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
Baseball's Natural: The Story of Eddie Waitkus
very short; author split the very short book between biography of Waitkus and about half of a decent true crime article, and then interleaved the true...more
Mar 02, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Rough Diamond
read as part of a baseball romance review project. Most of the baseball romances from the 1980s get the baseball right; unfortunately you get the 1980...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Once a Bum, Always a Dodger: My Life in Baseball from Brooklyn to Los Angeles
Broadcaster and retired ballplayer stories spoiled by a veneer of getoffmylawnism. Drysdale was too young of a man to act that old.
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Baseball Prospectus 2009: The Essential Guide to the 2009 Baseball Season
It's less snarky than last year's and there are less essays than usual. Whatever, it's a BP annual; you're reading it for the projections, right? Righ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
Baseball Prospectus 2012
New snarky contributors this year!
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Nine Innings
I came to Brewers fandom in the late 1980s, thus missing the total importance of the 1982 season to the older fans. I really wish I had found out abou...more
Jan 02, 2009
Nov 07, 2008
Sweet Spot
great romance, great lead couple, but the baseball setting is still ridiculous. this looks like the last entry in the series.
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
The Emerald Diamond
For the last time: Wikipedia is not a primary source....
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
Ozzie's School of Management: Lessons from the Dugout, the Clubhouse, and the Doghouse
When interesting information and interviews meet pedestrian writing, interesting loses.
Jul 02, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Changing Pitches
notes, 4 years late: fictional 1980s "Ball Four" with a monogamous bisexual protagonist, in a universe where the Washington Senators never relocated t...more
Sep 11, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
A Perfect Season (Desire, No 545)
It's Sam and Diane on Woody's farm raising Frazier and Lilith's kid. It works.
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
The Politics of Glory: How the Baseball's Hall of Fame Really Works
I really hope that the Hall of Fame has increased the level of librarianship it employs since 1994. I was more worried about that after reading this t...more
Nov 2007
Nov 24, 2007
Living on the Black
Enjoyable but shallow shadowing of Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina through the 2007 season. There was some insight behind the personalities of these two...more
May 14, 2008
May 13, 2008
The Eyes of the Killer Robot
**spoiler alert** Wow, that Red Sox-Yankees rivalry gets people to do some crazy, crazy things, like reassembling a potentially deadly demonic pitchin...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
The Catcher and the Lie
It took me over a year to finish this little book. I didn't feel any chemistry between the hero and heroine, except the kind that causes people to mak...more
Jan 04, 2014
Aug 17, 2012
Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend
Good book, but did the authors really write it as an extended article about their Hall of Fame case for Hodges? I just wanted to learn more about Hodg...more
Nov 23, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game
great overview of 1880s baseball via the 1883 American Association season. Reviewed at my blog. (copy supplied by NetGalley)
Apr 14, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Hot Ticket (contains New York Blades, #4.5)
The best story in here was the arena football one, possibly because I didn't have to screen out the sport-related issues to enjoy the story. Also, re...more
Oct 2007
Nov 24, 2007
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