Baseball Books: Coming Attractions

Posted April 30th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Hart Seely, Marty Appel, Pinstripe Empire, R.A. Dickey, The Juju Rules, Wherever I Wind Up

As you’ve seen, I’m seeking good books.

Here are three awaiting reviews from me:

The Juju Rules, by Hart Seely (a great look at being a rabid Yankees fan!)

Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees, From Before The Babe To After the Boss, by Marty Appel

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, by R.A. Dickey

I’m reading each title for hobby content. Are there autograph insights? How are fans treated? What anecdotes would mean the most to a collector?

Most of all, is the book honest? Is it a fun title to read?

Publishers and publicists: If you have a current baseball title, let me know.

Coming Wednesday: Memories from former Cardinal and Phillie Jim Lindeman

A Pep Talk For Baseball & Autograph Bloggers

Posted April 30th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Freedom Is Blogging In Your Underwear, Hugh MacLeod, www.gapingvoid.com

This is a special aside for all the bloggers out there.

Wait! This isn’t baseball-related. Is it?

I think it is. Every week, I find more hobby blogs abandoned. Shipwrecked. Likewise, I encounter wise hobbyists who don’t think their insight and opinions matter.

Hugh MacLeod is our cheerleader. A sometimes-shocking one, but a needed voice in blogdom. I subscribe to his daily cartoons. He began his artful career drawing on the backs of abandoned business cards. Without his 10-year-old blog (found at www.gapingvoid.com) MacLeod insists his current gig wouldn’t be possible.

In his book Freedom Is blogging in Your Underwear, Hugh shares some classic cartoons. He drops a couple of F-bombs, flashing a bit of salty language, but makes some clear points.

Try. Share your voice.

MacLeod has written a love letter to the blog. He feels we can each savor a slice of the blogosphere pie, as long as we bake it ourself.

The book is NOT a how-to manual or textbook. At just 117 pages, you’ll find the title is a one-sitting breeze. His chapters read like quickie blog posts.

His cartoons sparkle with snarky reality, as MacLeod reminds us why NOT to blog.

In one scene, he shows a blogger proclaiming:

“My last blog post was re-tweeted 475 times…”

A second character appears with a bag of money. “Fantastic! Here’s five million dollars!”

The book would be worthwhile simply through his three short chapters:

1. The Internet is a Miracle
2. The Best Thing About the Internet is the People You Meet
3. Now Quit Your Yappin ‘ – GO MAKE STUFF

MacLeod is strong coffee for bloggers and the cyber-wannabes. Freedom is just what we need. Blog on!

Missing Kansas City A’s Glenn Cox

Posted April 27th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized
How much did this uncut sheet
sell for? The auctioneers at
Robert Edwards Auctions
hit a home run with this lot
from the first-year KC Athletics!

Thanks to the eagle-eyed readers who saved me. As I sought former 1950 Kansas City A’s to write to, I overlooked one sad fact: Glenn Cox passed away in January.

However, he left a legacy. Cox wrote a 2009 book The Way The Game Was Played.

I found an able substitute, catcher Jim Robertson. He migrated from the 1954 Philadelphia Athletics to the 1955 club in Kansas City.

I’ve wanted to find out from any first-year players if they knew what a treasure the Rodeo Meats team set was.

Most of all, I wanted to point out the importance of hobby buddies. Sharing information is one of the secrets to prospering as a collector.