Thursday, February 20, 2014

I've got a good resource for them...

If, indeed, more schools are doing this, I would love to hear from them in terms of using 501 as a source guide:

HILLSBOROUGH: Kids can study baseball for credit

Really, if anyone knows about a school district or college/university that might consider using 501 Baseball Books as part of their curricula, please let me know.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I've got them "501 Baseball Books" blues

This is the time of year when you start hearing about all the exciting new baseball titles you can look forward to. And don't worry, I'll get to those soon.

But I can't help feeling a bit sad about the short "buzz-span" of a book. Heck, even that perennial best-seller Moneyball isn't talked or written about much, but the sales keep climbing. I know that people will still buy 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die since the information remains basically the same (although I wouldn't be surprised if an updated version is in the cards). But even so, the newness isn't there any more. It's like having a kid go from an infant to an independent adult in a year.

All the new authors will be enjoying their experiences and, save for a perhaps few events, my run is over. Even though I'm working on a new (non-baseball) sports book, it's not the same. 501 was my first, about a topic I love, so it will always be special.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Here's to the 'winners'

Awhile back I notched my 100,000th visitor. To celebrate the occasion, I put up copies to The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, by Bill Bradlee Jr., and The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects, by Steve Rushin, to the Bookshelf readers who I figured came closest to the mark (without doing the actual study to determine who, in fact, was the 100,000th).

So thanks to everyone who wrote in and congratulations to our two "winners," Stuart Schiffman and Greg Macedo.
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Look for more Bookshelf giveaways in the weeks and months ahead. Good for you, in that you get new books, and good for me, in that my wife is happy I'm decluttering.