The Ballad of Mr. Cub and Leo the Lip

By Doug Wilson This post originally appeared on Doug Wilson’s Baseball Bookshelf. It was one of the most intriguing matchups in baseball history. Ernie Banks and Leo Durocher–thrown together in the same clubhouse. Rarely have two more disparate characters been coupled outside of a lousy television sitcom. Smiling Ernie Banks, the perpetually glass-is-half-full line drive…

Review of The Republic of Football

Conine, Chad S.  The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.  Pp. 288.  Index, and 20 Photos.  $24.95 hardcover. Reviewed by Jorge Iber Before proceeding with this brief essay, it is necessary for this reviewer to own up that he is not a native-born Texan; though,…

Review of Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography

Iber, Jorge. Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography. Jefferson, North Carolina. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016. Pp. viii+260; Notes, Index, Bibliography, Photographs. $29.95 softcover, $9.95 ebook. Reviewed by Doug Wilson One lousy pitch. That’s all they’ll ever remember. It’s an unfortunate aspect of sport that a man can perform better than average for 10 or 15…

Review of Soccer under the Swastika

Kevin E. Simpson, Soccer under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance During the Holocaust. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. xxix + 368 pp. 27 photos and illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, $40.00 hardback. Reviewed by Patrick Salkeld. I am a trained US historian with an emphasis on soccer, but much of my research spans…

Review of Maybe Next Year

Pearson, Greg. Maybe Next Year: Long Suffering Fans and the Teams That Never Deliver.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2016. Pp. 264. 66 Photos. Index, $35.00 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber As a long suffering fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Dolphins (an odd combination, to be sure), this reviewer met the…

Review of The Boyer Brothers of Baseball

Freedman, Lew. The Boyer Brothers of Baseball. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. 2015. Pp. 252. Bibliography, Notes, Index, and 23 Photos. $29.95 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber A quick perusal of baseball-reference.com under the heading of “Largest Baseball Families” generated a listing (though the site argues that it is likely an incomplete enumeration)…

Review of The NFL in the 1970s

Zagorski, Joe.  Forward by Rocky Bleier. The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.   Pp. 434.  Notes, References, Index.  $39.95 softcover.  Reviewed by Rich Loosbrock The National Football League (NFL) sits atop all other sports in the United States in every measurable category: ratings, fan interest, and revenues.  It…