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 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 Finding the Left Arm of God

Endsley, Brian M. Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963. Jefferson, ND: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015. Pp. 296. Bibliography, Notes, and 64 Photos. $29.95 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber Even the most casual fan of American sports history is no doubt familiar with the name Sandy…

Baseball Myths in Trump’s America

By Katherine Walden Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2017 season began over the weekend, with the reigning World Series Champion Chicago Cubs falling in the bottom of the 9th to their National League Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis expats in Cubs fan territory rejoiced. Elsewhere, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner hit two…

Review of Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers

Fallon, Michael. Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. 472 pp. Notes and index.  $34.95 (clothback). Reviewed by Tolga Ozyurtcu “I’m recording the game.  Please, no spoilers.”  More than getting students to do the reading, even more than whatever it is the Lakers are purportedly doing, this is…

Review of Bloomer Girls

Shattuck, Debra A. Bloomer Girls:  Women Baseball Pioneers.  Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. xiii +307. Appendices, notes, bibliography and index. Clothback $25.95. Reviewed by Leslie Heaphy Debra Shattuck knocks it out of the park with her first book.  Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers fills a huge void in sports literature regarding women…