when I said back in March 2008 that I was writing the foreword for a
baseball book? Well, that book is finally out. It’s called Major League Baseball: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports. If you visit the book’s page on Amazon,
you’ll see an old version of the cover without my name on it. That’s
because I agreed to write the foreword at the last second and Amazon is
very slow to make updates. The new cover, as you can see here on the
right, does have my name on it. I should warn you that the foreword is
short. The authors only wanted it to be about 500 words, so if you buy
the book for the foreword alone, you’ll probably be disappointed, but
if you love numbers and stats and random anecdotes about baseball
history, then you’ll probably enjoy it.
The other book you need to know about is called Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m about to. I picked up a copy
not only because I’m interested in All-Things-Ball, but because I’m
soon going to be interviewed on the radio with the author, Brian
Biegel. He and I have never met, but we’ve both been booked as guests
on the Joey Reynolds Show on June 23rd. I’ve been on with Reynolds
before. He’s super-nice and very accomplished. He’s in the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame as a DJ, and for a number of years he’s been doing a
talk show that I think is nationally syndicated. In New York City it’s
on WOR 710 AM. I’m not sure if/where it’s broadcast elsewhere in the
country, but it almost doesn’t matter because you can listen live
through the station’s web site.
I’ll be doing this interview from the studio, and I’ve been told to
arrive at 10:40pm. The show doesn’t start ’til midnight (so technically
that would be June 24th), and I have no idea if I’m going to be on
during the first hour. (Good thing I’m used to staying up ’til 4am.)
Maybe Reynolds tapes an hour of the show starting at 11pm and it airs
later? I have no idea, but anyway, in case you’re interested, now you
sort of know when/where to listen.
In other news…
2) I’m leaving today for Kansas City, and I’ll be at Kauffman
Stadium for three games starting tomorrow, and I have a nice little
trick up my sleeve. There’s no guarantee that I’ll get to use it, but
if I do…whoa-ho-ho, just you wait.