Death at the Ballpark: a compendium of all the people who have died at baseball games.

By Jon Mooallem – Slate Magazine

A glowing review of an improbable book, which details the stories of how people died during baseball games. I’ve ordered it. So can you: Death at the Ballpark.

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba

Tom Gjelten’s Website

Cover of Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
Cover of Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
This isn’t a post about Cuban baseball, though that’s an apt subject. As some of you know, one of my gigs is making websites for good books. You can see other book sites we’ve done at Booknoise.

I bring this up now because Tom’s site has been done and for some reason there has been a problem with Google indexing it. The initial issue had to do with the cloaking/forwarding service his registrar put on, and then it’s been slow going getting it into the system. It’s in there now, and I’m hoping to give it a little boost with a plug here and there. Tom is an NPR correspondent, so he has scores of stories and pages devoted to him the WWW already, something we have to overcome.

Plus, you might like the book, even if it’s about rum and politics rather than baseball.

And if you’re looking for some popular history to read, I can’t make a better recommendation, unless it’s John Capouya’s Gorgeous George.

An interview with Jim Brosnan

SoCal Sports Observed

Jim Brosnan’s Long Season is a great baseball book, highly recommended to everyone who has an interest in the game. This gentle interview with Brosnan has a grace and good will about it that is awfully appealing, without being soft or nostalgic. My favorite part is when Brosnan names Willie Mays his toughest out, then recalls a game he struck him out three times. Retrosheet jocks should be able to retrieve the date. I like the memory. (Thanks to Bruce.)