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Book Review: Baseball State by State

James Bailey -

Author Chris Jensen has compiled all-time all-star lineups for every state in the nation in his new book, "Baseball State by State." But the book is much more than a collection of lists. In fact, it's nearly 400 pages of history on the players and places each state is known for.

Majors | #2012#Book Guide

Book Review: Summer of ’68

James Bailey -

Tim Wendel, author of 2010's "High Heat," weaves the amazing accomplishments on the field in 1968 with the turmoil in the nation in an ambitious account of the unforgettable year in "Summer of '68: The Season that Changed Baseball, and America, Forever."

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Book Review: ‘The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball’

James Bailey -

Had the Federal League succeeded in its pursuit of Walter Johnson, Joe Jackson, and Rube Marquard, it might conceivably be preparing for a grand centennial celebration instead of having long ago been relegated to a footnote in baseball history. The renegade third "major" league threw money at virtually every significant player in 1914-15, even inking a number to contracts only to see them slip back into the clutches of their former clubs.

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Book Review: Phillies’ Finish Can’t Dim ‘The Rotation’

J.J. Cooper -

When the Phillies added Cliff Lee to a rotation that already included Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton, fans rightfully wondered if it was one of the greatest assembled rotations in baseball history. By the end of the season, the Phillies pitchers had made a pretty strong argument that yes, they did deserve to be considered among the greats.

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Q&A: James Bailey’s New Novel Looks At The Durham Bulls

Glenn McDonald -

James Bailey's new novel, "The Greatest Show on Dirt," is packed with fascinating details on life in the old D.A.P. Those were the heady years after the film "Bull Durham" made the park a destination for baseball fans, and before the team moved to its new upscale digs. The novel depicts one crazy summer in the life of Lane Hamilton, an N.C. State grad who takes a job with the Bulls after getting fired from his going-nowhere sales job at a downtown bank. Bailey, now a contributing writer for Durham-based "Baseball America" magazine and editor with a legal publishing company in Syracuse, NY, released his self-published novel earlier this spring. He recently spoke about life at the old Durham ballpark and the joys of minor league baseball.

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Book Review: The Might Have Been

James Bailey -

To tab Yates, or Edward Everett as he's called throughout, the hero of Joseph Schuster's "The Might Have Been" is to upsell his lot in the baseball landscape. There's little heroic about him, next to no glamour in his life once he returns to the bush leagues, never again to sniff major league air. As a young man his self-absorption sows the seeds of the loneliness that will plague him well into middle age.

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Book Review: Out Of My League

J.J. Cooper -

Dirk Hayhurst's case, his first book "The Bullpen Gospels" and now his equally excellent second book "Out Of My League" explain life in the minors and the major leagues like you've never read it before, in large part because he's an outsider trying to fit in.

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