Robert Birnbaum, The Washington Post Published 6:51 am PDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player Photo: Penguin Press, Handout Photo: Penguin Press, Handout Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player Photo: Penguin Press, Handout Baseball books of 2019: A formidable lineup 1 / 10 Back to Gallery Baseball has inspired some of the best writing about sports. Think "Ball Four," by Jim Bouton, "Moneyball," by Michael Lewis, "The Boys of Summer," by Roger Kahn, or Bernard Malamud's classic novel, "The Natural." This … [Read more...] about Baseball books of 2019: A formidable lineup
Marc Topkin has been covering baseball for the Tampa Bay Times since before the Tampa Bay Rays existed. Topkin joined the then-St. Petersburg Times in 1983. This year he marked the 20th anniversary of the Rays by collaborating with the organization to produce a book about its history.Twenty Years of Rays Baseball is a handsome commemorative book filled with photographs, front pages and articles from the Times, and new writing by Topkin tying it all together. The book covers the lengthy process of bringing Major League Baseball to Tampa Bay, the Rays’ first game in 1998 and much more. As part of the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Topkin will talk about the book at 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the Poynter Institute Barnes Pavilion. The festival is free; the book, usually priced at $98, will have a special festival price of $49.How did you come to work on the book?The Rays came to me and then to the Times and proposed a collaborative … [Read more...] about Times baseball writer Marc Topkin talks about ‘Twenty Years of Rays Baseball’ book
Ah, yes, just in time for the end of beach leisure after Labor Day. Another insider account of life in the White House by the celebrated Bob Woodward. The book isn’t even officially out yet, and already, the gnashing and snarling are erupting as various top administration officials claim never to have said words attributed to them by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Including the president, who’s slamming Woodward’s Fear as a “bad book.” Same as it ever was.Story Continued Below Woodward is a smart and clever writer, and his books — he’s written nearly two dozen of them — often shed light on how the modern presidency works and sometimes doesn’t. He captures scenes and conversations that have real impact on how we understand a precious institution, the presidency, that are always worthy of study and explanation. No one should mistake his work, however, for “journalism” or “history.” It will take many years … [Read more...] about Forget the Woodward Book. Here’s What Would Really Drive Trump Nuts.
More than a game Nationally, John Erardi may be best known for his work as a former reporter and columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, but the sports reporter and author knows that locally, his family name is still a familiar one. Calling his CNY roots "salt-spring deep," Erardi is proud to be the son of John P., of the Erardi family bowlers, who is soon to celebrate his 95th birthday, and his late mother, Mary Jane Gannon, who liked to walk to Chiefs games. "Especially in 1937 to watch future Cincinnati Reds star slugger and first baseman Frank McCormick," Erardi says of her trips to the stadium. Erardi and his younger brother spent much of their youth on the ballfields and going to games. "(Greg and I) regularly biked the two miles to MacArthur Stadium to see the Syracuse Chiefs play," Erardi says, sharing that they got to see local and national legends like 1964 Chiefs Jim Northrup, Willie Horton and Erardi's favorite, Mickey Stanley, all future stars of the 1968 World … [Read more...] about John Erardi hits a home run with his latest book: CNY books and authors
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