Finding my book at Barnes & Noble was a treat …

   One of the neatest things about getting old – and contrary to the prevailing sentiments of popular culture there are neat things that somewhat offset the dreary aspects – is that I can easily admit to all kinds of stuff that I might not have been willing to confess to many years ago.
   With that preamble, I do hereby confess that it was a major treat to visit a Barnes & Noble bookstore the other day and find the book that I authored and our company published, Legendary Yankee Stadium, right there available for an eager public to wrestle over.
   I hadn’t really expected to find it, since the scheduled release was in early May, but I always check the sports section anyway, and there it was, nestled snugly between two other books about the Stadium that I know had come out nearly a year ago. I wanted to share the moment with somebody, anybody, but the only other person there was a middle-aged woman who might have misinterpreted my enthusiasm, and so I restrained myself.
   I know this makes me sound like something of a hayseed, but I obviously don’t care. It’s not even the first time I had a book in Barnes & Noble, since the 1994 True Mint book with Alan Rosen was sold at major bookstores as well.
   And it wasn’t even the most excited I’ve ever been to find my own handiwork in print in some fashion. Just about 30 years ago I was working for a daily newspaper in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and angled to get my goddaughter employed at age 2 as a model for a Mother’s Day front-page color photo.
   We planted Nicky on the pool table, surrounded her with about three dozen stuffed animals and the photographer took the shot. Her dad and I got up around 5 a.m. to rush to the newsstand the morning it came out, and in the 1970s I wasn’t much inclined to be getting up that early. He and I bought about 50 copies.
   Now that was a thrill. But finding the Yankee Stadium book last weekend wasn’t too shabby, either.

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7 thoughts on “Finding my book at Barnes & Noble was a treat …

  1. T.S. on said:

    Good morning! I’ve decided to delete the plug for our friends at Coach’s Corner. I will however keep my blog about my new book so fans know it should be in book stores next week. Keep an eye out for it and a new blog in about an hour or so.

  2. No way I would support your book. I can’t wait to see where it registers on

    what’s with all this self promotion? It’s shamless, kind of like a coach’s corner auction. Hey T.S., since you are so coy and confident, and proclaim that you will be here for a long, long time, would you have a contact at the FBI I can call?

    Any help before you delete this would be apprecited,


  3. T.S. on said:

    You can keep making false threats about the FBI Mike, but nothing will ever happen to me. Plenty of other fans will be buying my book sir. Keep your $30 Mike, don’t need it!

  4. on said:

    TS – I bet you sleep like a baby at night. If you did care about your readers or the people in this hobby, you would not allow Coachs Corner in your publication.

  5. Nick Edson on said:

    Congratulations! I plan on buying your book. As a longtime reader of SCD (since the Stommen days in the mid-1970s), I still look forward to my issue arriving every week. Keep up the great work.

  6. Was that the Press-Republican?

    I can’t find any Mother’s Day editions (late 1970s) online (via Norther New York Library Network).

    Glad to see that you’ve moved on to other things.

  7. Tom Tom on said:

    Hey Ring Boy —

    You are talking about self-promotion??? What a joke. Keep linking to your website Sir.

    What have you done to improve the hobby? Anything, other than bashing the editor of a magazine? I bet not.

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