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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 30 December 2017 at 3:03pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

James - I really enjoyed that book.  I have quite a few books about the 1970s A's and that's one of the better ones.


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Robert, I also enjoyed this one, which was published back in 2013. Reading it piqued my interest in looking for more books about the A's and how Charlie Finley wrecked havoc on the franchise.
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The first Parker novel. 
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Revival by Stephen King.
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James - I have that book somewhere and need to get around to reading it. Here are three other good books on '70s baseball in general, listed in order of preference -



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Oh, those books look good Robert. I'm all over that, thanks!

And I know there's a 30 for 30 coming for "the Bird". There's just got to be!
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Robert:

Many thanks for the recommendations. I have not read any baseball books by Dan Epstein but those two titles look very interesting, so I will have to track them down.

As for Phil Pepe, he actually wrote the very first baseball book I ever read as a young kid. I might have to look for some of his other stuff to take a trip down memory lane, as it has been a very long time since I first sampled "No-Hitter" (published 1968)  :-) 


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I think I first read this one back when I was in the fifth grade...
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James - Phil Pepe's book is an oral biography, which is part of why I liked it so much.

A few of my other favorite sports books are also oral biographies (LOOSE BALLS is the gold standard and I also enjoyed GOING LONG and TALL TALES).

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Robert:

Thanks for the heads up about TALKIN' BASEBALL. I will have to see if I can track that one down as I like the oral biography format as well. It seems to be a natural for sports history.

Fully agreed that LOOSE BALLS is the gold standard for sports related oral biographies, as it owns a special spot in my permanent library. TALL TALES is a close second in my opinion and I often re-read portions of it during the basketball season.

I wish that Terry Pluto would have continued writing more about the NBA but he seemed to stop after FALLING FROM GRACE. I think he would have found a lot of good material to tap into given how pro basketball has changed during the last three decades.

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I wish someone would have done an oral biography about the NBL before the stars (George Mikan, Dolph Schayes, Vern Mikkelsen, John Kundla, John Wooden, ) started dying off in recent years.

I think THE BREAKS OF THE GAME is probably the best basketball book that's been written, but a lot of that is because I'm an NBA fan from the 70's.  (I have also written a few pro basketball history books and love researching basketball prior to the popularity boom in the 80's)

My favorite pro football book is probably AMERICA's GAME by Michael MacCambridge  It covers the history of the NFL consentrating on it's history from the 1958 NFL championship game up to when the book was written in 2004.
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Far and Wide by Neil Peart,part travelogue,part
autobiography,as usual Neil`s writing is informative
and economic and a pleasure to read.There are some
amazing pictures of his travels on his motorcycle
travelling between Rush tour dates.His collection of
classic sports cars look beautiful E-Type Jag,DB5 etc!
The only low point is that from his prose,he makes it
quite clear that due to age related physical
limitations and his young daughter,he is retired from
music.My one hope is that he works with Geddy and Alex
again if only to supply lyrics or drum just in the
studio,but i know that`s unlikely.He`s gone out at the
top of his game,and that should be enough.
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I think THE BREAKS OF THE GAME is probably the best basketball book that's been written, but a lot of that is because I'm an NBA fan from the 70's.  (I have also written a few pro basketball history books and love researching basketball prior to the popularity boom in the 80's)

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It has been a very long time (almost thirty years) since I read David Halberstam's THE BREAKS OF THE GAME, but I do remember enjoying it quite a lot. I should probably take the time to re-read it one of these days.

Despite the quality of that particular book, I think that the late Mr. Halberstam was probably more comfortable writing about baseball, as a couple of his books on the sport (OCTOBER 1964 and SUMMER OF '49) are some of my favorites.

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Now starting:
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Starting " Uncommon Type - Some Stories " by Tom Hanks
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UNDEATH & TAXES

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Greg Lake-Lucky Man,an autobiography,very
interesting,Lake comes across as a talented and nice
guy,the last chapter where he reveals he has fought
terminal pancreatic cancer for the previous two years is
heartbreaking,the book was released posthumously.
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Just started:

The Complete Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination
By Howard Chaykin & Byron Preiss


Up next is in the mail:

The Children of Húrin
By J.R.R. Tolkien


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Posted: 10 January 2018 at 9:38am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Now starting this one, thanks to Robert's recommendation:
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When Conclave by Robert Harris came out earlier this year it brought my attention to Harris by virtual of a highly favorable review in the Wall Street Journal.  At the time, I wasn't in the mood to read a fictional account of the election of a fictional pope, but I decided to try something else by Harris and settled on his Cicero trilogy, which I very much enjoyed.  A week or two ago I was looking in my local library for new books on CD to listen to during my morning commute, and there was Conclave, so I picked it up.  

The book is well-written, no surprise, and held my interest.  By the time I was much of the way through, it was obvious to me that Harris and I (a non-catholic) have very different ideas of an appropriate pope for the time, my preference being for a Benedict type, his for a Francis type, if I could oversimplify.  But I don't need someone to share my political/religious perspective to enjoy his writing.  I do have to say that the surprise (though foreshadowed) ending of the book was just preposterous, and as I result I can't recommend the book.  Not quite "Good News from the Vatican," but close, and Silverberg, at least, was explicitly working in the science fiction genre.  What's Harris's excuse?
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I thought this would be interesting to share:

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James Best
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 8:54pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Giving an older novel (1974) a try, based on a list provided by a fellow JBFer:
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I hope you enjoy it, James.  Let us know.
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