Book Review: Rise of the Black Quarterback by Jason Reid

I once read a book entitled “Necessities.”  The book is no longer in print, which is a shame for its message resonates thirty years later.  It drew its title from an old Al Campanis quote where, on live television, the Continue reading Book Review: Rise of the Black Quarterback by Jason Reid

Book Review: Playing Through the Pain: Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession That Changed Baseball Forever by Dan Good

The best book I’ve read about baseball’s steroid era was Jose Canseco’s “Vindicated,” his follow up to the ground-breaking, tell-all tale “Juiced.”  After all, who better to write a book about steroids than the man most associated with them? The Continue reading Book Review: Playing Through the Pain: Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession That Changed Baseball Forever by Dan Good

Book Review: Stolen Dreams by Chris Lamb

Some stories need to be told lest they be forgotten with time. Such is the story of a group of South Carolina Little Leaguers who, in the mid-1950s, wanted nothing more than to play baseball, yet were denied that opportunity. Continue reading Book Review: Stolen Dreams by Chris Lamb

Book Review: Bubbleball by Ben Golliver

Have you ever wondered what life is like living in a bubble?  While many of us have thanks to the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, few of us lived life under the strict conditions of an isolated environment. Have you ever wondered Continue reading Book Review: Bubbleball by Ben Golliver

Book Review: The Stats Game by Aidan & Maxwell Resnick

The Stats Game, written by Aidan & Maxwell Resnick, begins as if written by two angry old men, which is ironic considering the authors are far from it.  In fact, the whiz kids are still teenagers.  It doesn’t take long, Continue reading Book Review: The Stats Game by Aidan & Maxwell Resnick

Book Review: The Point After by Sean Conley

Sometimes the best books you read are the ones you least expect to be fantastic.  Sometimes the best sports autobiographies are written by athletes you’ve never even heard of. My latest homework assignment was to read and review “The Point Continue reading Book Review: The Point After by Sean Conley

Book Review: Curveball at the Crossroads by Michael Lortz

It’s an odd thing when a friend asks you to review his book. I’ve reviewed countless books on this website over the years but I can’t say I’ve ever known any of the authors personally.  Besides, what if this friend Continue reading Book Review: Curveball at the Crossroads by Michael Lortz

Book Review: The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife by Brad Balukjian

A twist of fate, a stick of stale chewing gum, a cross-country road trip and a pack of baseball cards opened in a way no one has before.  Such is the vision of Brad Balukjian’s Wax Pack. I’ve reviewed three Continue reading Book Review: The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife by Brad Balukjian

Brushes with Sports Greatness, Vol. 9: Arthur Ashe biographer Dr. Raymond Arsenault

Professional biographers are an odd lot. When I write a post about someone other than me (which is rare), I obsess about it for a few days, churn out some concoction that consists of anywhere between 600-1000 words and then Continue reading Brushes with Sports Greatness, Vol. 9: Arthur Ashe biographer Dr. Raymond Arsenault

Book Review: KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest by Marcus Thompson II

Kevin Durant is a fascinating, NBA character study.  His story is not entirely unique, unless you consider the fact that everything that happened to him happened to arguably the best basketball player on the planet.  His life’s story, like so Continue reading Book Review: KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest by Marcus Thompson II