Brief commercial break: I had the opportunity to contribute several short essays to Armchair Reader: Grand Slam Baseball, which was published recently by West Side Publishing.
This book examines baseball history through 450+ pages of biographies, anecdotes, trivia and lists, none of which runs longer than a few pages. My contributions include mini-biographies of Casey Stengel and Sadaharu Oh, a review of controversial MVP decisions, a list of strikeout feats, mascot stories, and more.
Biographies of the other contributing authors reveal I’m the least accomplished baseball historian of the bunch, but I’m honored to share the same pages as Bruce Markusen, whose Cooperstown Confidential column I’ve long enjoyed and who wrote, among other baseball books, Tales from the Mets Dugout, which which might be described as a sort of a Met-centric version of this book. Also, Matt Silverman, whom I met through this site.
Among lots of other projects, Matt wrote Mets Essential, a terrific little team history published earlier this year. I don’t believe I make any money if this sells or not and I haven’t rigged it so I get a cut of of Amazon sales originating from here. But I will recommend the book, especially for the fan interested in learning more about baseball history.