Former umpire Al Clark has seen his share of memorable moments on the diamond, and he’s experienced not-so-great moments off the field. He shares them all in the book ‘Called Out But Safe: A Baseball Umpire’s Journey.’
From Mark Fidrych to Willie Stargell, 2013’s baseball books cover nearly every topic imaginable – and they are all fun to read! Here’s the conclusion to SCD’s annual Best of the Year list.
Among the best baseball books published this year were two on Ted Williams and one each on Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and the DiMaggios – superstars long before the advent of World War II. Check these out and two dozen more in this review.
You might not have heard of the CASEY Awards, but trust me when I say you should read the finalists that are nominated for the award.
SCD columnist remembers Robert Creamer, the famed author who didn’t realize the value and importance of his own work. Read how a stop at a fundraiser led to a lasting relationship.
For some old-fashioned baseball fun and some great discussion regarding the National Pastime, check out the CASEY Awards, which honor the best baseball books of the previous year. The 2012 winner was “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick” by Paul Dickson.
After SCD released its list of the best baseball books of 2012, the CASEY Award for the year’s best baseball book by Spitball Magazine, a literary baseball magazine, is “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.”
In the 1910s, many American readers were enthralled by the story of a fantasy ballplayer and the letters he wrote to a friend describing his life in the minor leagues and his push to make it to the big stage.
The N.Y. Times best-sellers list is something all authors strive to make. A fair number of baseball books have been a part of the list, especially in the last dozen years. Some you’d expect; others will surprise. See how many of them you have read.
The in the 1950s, the Dodgers were the classiest of clubs on and off the field. Part of the reason behind that was the club’s model of playing the game correctly, something they called The Dodger Way. Soon, the “way” was penned into a popular book that still resonates today.