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April 29, 2017

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Murray Browne

Tom wrote me with some additional baseball book suggestions.

Here are some gems..."A Pitcher's Story, by Roger Angell.  This is a book about David Cone.  This book has some outstanding pitching tips.  Plus, David Cone was a good "pitcher"..not a "thrower".   Another book that I really enjoyed is "Baseball When the Grass Was Real" by Donald Honig.  This book is made up of excerpts of interviews the author had with 18 different players of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's.  Some of them are Charley Gehringer, Johnny Mize, Cool Papa Bell, Lefty Grove, Ted Lyons, Billy Herman, Rip Sewell and Bob Feller. 

Another book I enjoyed was "Lefty Grove: American Original" written by Jim Kaplan.  In my opinion, Grove is a vastly underrated pitcher.  And, he's in the Hall of Fame!  

Last thing.  There is a writer named Troy Soos.  He has written 8-10 books with the premise of the main character is a major league baseball player back in the early 1900's (maybe up to around 1930).  They are murder mysteries that take place and the main character (Mickey Rawlings) somehow cracks the case while being an average major league ballplayer.  The stories are "historical fiction" and have real players involved as well as the fictional Mickey Rawlings.  I think I am the only person that has read this author and I see he has 3 or 4 books I haven't read.

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Books Read in 2019

  • David Shields: Other People: Takes & Mistakes (2017)
  • Alistair Horne: A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (1977, 1996)
  • Ward Just: Forgetfulness (2006)
  • Lawrence Durrell: Justine (1957)
  • Kate Zambreno: Appendix Project: Books and Essays (2019)
  • Sara B. Stein: My Weeds: A Gardener's Botany (1988)
  • Ryan Britt: Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths (2015)
  • Eric Vuillard: The Order of the Day (2017)
  • Laurie Blauner: The Solace of Monsters (2016)
  • Jerome Charyn: The Seventh Babe (1979)
  • Charles L. Black Jr. and Philip Bobbitt: Impeachment: A Handbook, New Edition, (2018)
  • Edited by Steve Lehman Ken LaZebnik and Andy Nelson: Basepaths: The Best of the Minneapolis Review of Baseball: 1981-1987
  • W. G. Sebald: Austerlitz (2001)
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