What Chris Jaffe’s new book has to say in his new book about the controversial late manager.
The first installment of a series of excerpts from Chris Jaffe’s new book showcases its analytical heart: the Tendencies Database, and also provides some fascinating results it yields.
The terrific new book by Larry Tye has Satchel Paige in the news again. That’s always a good thing.
A look at the new book about one of the greatest managers not elected to Cooperstown – Paul Richards.
In which the author name-drops like mad
The latest in the business of baseball.
Book review: Durocher tells it as he thought it was
Note: A somewhat different version of this review was originally written for the New York Post. It didn’t run, however, and given how rarely it is that I praise something, I figured it was worth sharing with the world. It’s been nearly 30 years since Thurman Munson’s plane went down in Canton, Ohio, killing the […]
So a month or so ago I was asked by the New York Post to review Marty Appel’s new Thurman Munson biography. They sent me the book. I read it. Liked it. I wrote a review. Then I traded the book to Jason at IIATMS for a Chipper Jones jersey he didn’t want anymore (query: […]
A new baseball biography is spurring conversation, especially as it climbs the New York Times best-seller list. Bruce Markusen interviews the author.
Here’s an event for you, at least if you’re in Brooklyn this evening: Gelf’s Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m., with a night dedicated to baseball. At this free monthly event in DUMBO, Brooklyn, hosted by Gelf and Jan Larsen Art, Scott Price, Selena Roberts, and members of […]
Reviewing a new, and long overdue, book about the extraordinary Satchel Paige.
The new Satchel Paige biography sounds really, really good: How fast could Satchel Paige throw a baseball? It’s hard to know because there were no radar guns to measure ball velocity when Leroy Paige, better known as Satchel, became a pitching star of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s. In his discerning, empathetic and hype-free […]
Couldn’t happen to a nicer book: Remember that tell-all book about A-Rod? Just a month after making headlines with its allegations that the New York Yankees star likely used steroids as far back as high school, Selena Roberts’ “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” has vanished from best seller lists. Published in early May […]
I’m not going to say that I’ve stretched myself a bit thin recently, but I had forgotten that I wrote a book review for the New York Post a week or two ago. In fact, I hadn’t even realized that it had been published this past Sunday until I happened to run into it while […]
A review of a definitive Dodgers guide
The Bats blog’s Ihsan Taylor has an interview with S.L. Price, author of a new book about the late Mike Coolbaugh and Tino Sanchez, the man whose foul ball ended Coolbaugh’s life. I’ll admit that when I first heard about this book I was skeptical that it would be something of a ghoulish cash-in on […]
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury-News, lamenting the fact that the Selena Roberts book isn’t selling all that well: It does confirm one of my beliefs, however. There’s a perception that fans love to read dirt about famous athletes. Maybe they do, on salacious Web sites full of half-truths — but not in well-reported […]
The New York Times, with some help from Tom Tango and Leverage Index, blows up the pitch-tipping allegations: If a tipping conspiracy were in place, one would expect that Rodriguez and rival middle infielders in games he played to have hit better in low-leverage situations than in high-leverage ones. Using a fairly loose definition of […]