Is "Mr. Baseball" America's Greatest Baseball Writer?

I have no idea what to say about Mr. Baseball’s Twitter feed; it’s perfect and you should read it. (Mr. Baseball, who may be America’s greatest baseball writer, is one of the few people to have mastered Twitter as a medium for literary expression.) It’s really better experienced than described, but to pique your… » 4/23/15 2:19pm 4/23/15 2:19pm

Not Minding That It Hurts

Little Boy Blues is Malcolm Jones’ beautiful memoir about growing up with his mother (and sometimes, his father) in North Carolina in the late Fifties and early Sixties. It’s my favorite kind of memoir—understated, succinct, honed. The prose is precise without being delicate: “My father was a quiet man. If he put… » 3/31/15 11:42am 3/31/15 11:42am

How One Of America's Greatest Sportswriters Disappeared

It was almost endearing how an ink-smudged, deadline-addicted newspaper editor of yore would squint through the smoke from his cigarette and ask a bright young man why the hell he wanted to write sports. An editor like that was usually about as sensitive as a bolt cutter, but he couldn't resist the urge to protect… » 3/11/15 2:13pm 3/11/15 2:13pm

Vladimir Guerrero Had Hubris, And He Had Balls

The following is excerpted from Jonah Keri's Up, Up, & Away: The Kid, The Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, Le Grand Orange, Youppi!, The Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, a wonderful and definitive account of Montreal's much-lamented baseball team. The book will be released in… » 3/03/15 11:40am 3/03/15 11:40am