As we come closer to the
start of the 2010 baseball season, teams and
publishers are gearing up for big prizes.
Small houses and mega publishers are all
part of the competition mix. More and more
sports books keep hitting the market. So let
us sample some more of the mix.
"Mark and Me" by Jay McGwire
(Triumph,$24.95, 208 pages) is brother Jay's
story about Mark McGwire. The sub-title
proclaims it is a book about "the truth
behind baseball's worst kept secret. For
those who cannot get enough of steroids and
the former St. Louis Cardinal slugger this
is the book for you - hashing and rehashing
the scandalous and seamy stuff that was
paraded all over the media. It also has the
angle that is told by one brother now pitted
against another. We get Jay's take on why
Mark started using, what he used, how long
his habit lasted. We get a lot of stuff that
goes beyond the headlines.
As for Mark McGwire reactions: ""I don't
plan on ever seeing him again. Jay had to do
something to try to sell a book." Mark
McGwire has vowed to never read the book and
to never talk to his bro Jay again.
"Baseball Comes Home" by Dan Valenti (CR
Custom Publishing, $24.95, 201 pages, paper)
takes a look at a silver slice of baseball
history the Baseball Hall of Fame Game
that began in 1940 and had its last hurrah
in 2008. With more than 150 photos and
veteran Valenti's polished prose, this tome
Also by Dan Valenti is "Under
A Grapefruit Sun" (144 pages, $20 ppd from
Valenti, PO Box 1268, Stockbridge, MA
01262). Prime reading for this time of year
"Under A Grapefruit Sun" is like going back
in a time machine to Red Sox spring training
when Valenti covered the Sox in the 1980s.
Yaz, Pesky, Evans, Boggs and more in full
color and in their prime. If you are a
member of Red Sox Nation this is the tome
I had the pleasure of being on a couple of
Ed Randall's shows. Now I have had the
pleasure of reading his "Baseball for the
Utterly Confused" (McGraw-Hill, $17.95, 232
pages, paper). For those who know their way
around the national pastime, this is not
required reading but for all others who want
to know the whys and why nots, this work
belongs on your bookshelf.
Upcoming: In May - - "Are We Winning" by
Will Leitch (Hyperion, $24.99, 288 pages)."