Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Off the Book Page: ‘The Bald Truth’

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

In the Sunday NYT‘s sports section, the story Powerful Agent’s Blunt Warning About Future of the N.B.A. is about the new book, The Bald Truth by David Falk. It was not reviewed prepub and most libraries have not ordered it.


The Bald Truth

David Falk

  • Hardcover: $27; 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (February 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416584382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416584384

Who’s on First?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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Two sports books in the headlines this week are predicted to be losers:

Who has it right? It looks like NPR is the best predictor; Amazon shows the just-released Radomski book at #952, while the Torre book is at #6 even though it isn’t available yet.

Library hold patterns in four large library systems also back up NPR:

  • Torre — total of 46 copies on order, with 144 holds
  • Radomski — total of 46 copies on order, with 9 holds

(Yes, that’s right, the total copies add up to exactly the same number, even though the individual libraries ordered different quantities of each title.)

‘Bases Loaded’ in the News

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Getting attention in the sports pages is a dispute over claims in a coming out next week about steroid use in the major leagues, Bases Loaded.

Of seven large libraries I checked, five have it on order. Reserves are light.

Among today’s stories are the following;

New York Times,  For Second Time in 2 Days, Mitchell Disputes Part of Radomski’s Book

USA TodayRadomski backs former Clemens’ trainer McNamee in new book

Sporting NewsRadomski sides with McNamee over Clemens


Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report

Radomski, Kirk

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (January 27, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1594630569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630569

Breaking Stereotypes

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Reviewed in the new issue of Sports Illustrated (Dec. 15) is a biography of Benny Friedman, the now-forgotten 1920’s sports icon who revolutionized football by inventing the forward pass.

Friedman, an Orthodox Jew from Cleveland was one of the few (VERY few, see The God Blog from L.A.’s Jewish Journal) Jews to excel in football, making this worth owning if only for school assignments (a book longer than 100 pages that can be cited in a bibliography; outstanding!). SI calls it “a rich, well-researched narrative.”

The book was reviewed pre-pub only by Kirkus and it is owned lightly in libraries.

Passing Game: Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football

Murray Greenberg

  • Hardcover: $26.95; 368 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (November 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 158648477X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586484774

Second Canseco Book About to Release

Thursday, February 21st, 2008



Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (March 31, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416591877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416591870

Speculation is building about who will be named in Canseco’s second book (after Juiced, 2005) for using steriods. The book is set for release on March 31st, following a change in publisher and allegations that Canseco offered to not name a player in exchange for investment in a movie project.

Of the ten libraries I track, only one has it on order. All of them own the earlier title.