Interesting interview with Ben Bradlee Jr. on Keith Olbermann last night.
From Simon & Schuster:
NEW YORK, November 14, 2013—Simon & Schuster is proud to announce a multi-faceted, co-publishing partnership with sports icon Derek Jeter. Under the name Jeter Publishing, the program will encompass adult non-fiction titles, children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, and ready-to-read children’s books. Adult titles will be published in conjunction with the Gallery Books imprint and children’s titles will be published in conjunction with the Little Simon, Paula Wiseman Books, and Simon Spotlight imprints. Louise Burke, President of Gallery Books and Jon Anderson, President of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the co-publishing partnership.
With Jeter Publishing, Derek Jeter will identify and help create sports-related non-fiction and fiction that appeals to audiences ranging from children who look up … Continue Reading
When Cohen met with Ditka, the coach, as only he can, gruffly said, “Do you know how many people have written about this team?”
Cohen was up to the challenge. “I told him, ‘Why did you run the same offense all those years? Because you believed you could win with it and do it better than anyone else.”
“Good answer,” Ditka said.
I covered the ’85 Bears as a young, somewhat naive reporter for the Chicago Tribune. I always say if I could go back to one year in my life, it probably would be 1985. It was a 24/7 thrill ride from the first day of training camp through the Super Bowl.
Yet even I had some ’85 Bears … Continue Reading
Baseball’s Greatest ranks the best of the best in the game’s history. The rankings include position-by-position, best sluggers, best managers, best games, etc..
Even though the Cubs haven’t won in 105 years, they still rank as the eighth best franchise in history. Go ahead and debate.
While the book will spark some conversation, it really is just another excuse for Sports Illustrated to showcase its best photos and writing.
The great Ron Fimrite on Hank Aaron hitting 715:
Henry Aaron’s ordeal ended at 9:07 p.m. Monday, April 8. It ended in a carnival atmosphere that would have been more congenial to the man he surpassed as baseball’s all-time home-run champion. But it ended. And for that, as Aaron advised … Continue Reading
Now Ohio State is sitting on an 18-winning streak after its 40-30 victory over Northwestern.
Obviously, the key factor was the school’s hiring of Urban Meyer. In a new book published by Triumph, Buckeye Rebirth, Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch examines Meyer the person, and how he led the charge to a 12-0 season in 2012.
Here is my Q/A with Rabinowitz:
How did this book come about? Were you planning to write a book about 2012 before Ohio State went undefeated?
The idea came to me late in the season. The Buckeyes had a bye week before playing Wisconsin and Michigan to end the season and that’s when I started to pursue the idea in earnest by talking to publishers and writers/authors I knew. … Continue Reading
My latest National Sports Journalism Center column is an interview with Armen Keteyian on the reporting he did for his new book.
Here’s an excerpt:
Armen Keteyian called Jeff Purinton, the Alabama associate athletics director and the gatekeeper to Nick Saban. Keteyian explained he was working on a book on college football and requested to talk to Wesley Neighbors, a low level staffer for Saban. He wanted to talk to Neighbors for a profile of how Saban operates at Alabama.
“Jeff said, ‘That’s not going to happen,’” said Keteyian, noting the coach is known for not making his staff available.
Keteyian, though, did a piece on Saban for CBS while the coach was with the Miami Dolphins. They formed a rapport. Saban hadn’t forgotten how he was treated by Keteyian.
Sure enough, a few days later, Purinton called back … Continue Reading
I can’t remember ever attending a game that had a more electric atmosphere than at Notre Dame Stadium on that October Saturday. The game then lived up to its hype, with Miami’s missed two-point conversion at the end sealing the Irish’s 31-30 victory. The thrilling finish left everyone spent, not just the players.
It’s all recounted in a new book, Unbeatable, by Jerry Barca. Barca, who attended that game as an 11-year-old tells the complete story of Notre Dame’s 1988 national title team. It will serve as an early Christmas present for Irish fans.
As someone who covered most of its games that year, including Notre Dame’s win over West Virginia in … Continue Reading
As an Illinois alum, I never thought I’d see the day where I thought I would be envious of Northern Illinois football. Then again, after the Illini’s winless Big Ten season in 2012, there’s plenty of room for envy for virtually every team.
NIU experienced the ultimate last year, earning an unlikely trip to the Orange Bowl. It all proved to be remarkable timing for Daniel Verdun, who was working on a book on NIU football.
His book, Northern Illinois Football, now includes the biggest chapter in the school’s history. Verdun talks about the program in a Q/A.
How much did NIU’s trip to the Orange Bowl impact the timing of this book? Was the book in the works prior to last season? If so, unbelievable timing.
I started working on the book in 2009. Originally it was supposed … Continue Reading
Yahoo! Sports has an excerpt from Dallas Green’s new book, The Mouth that Roared. It is published by Chicago-based Triumph Books.
In this piece, Green focuses on his time as general manager of the Cubs during the Cubs in the 1980s. He talks about holding out to acquire a minor leaguer named Ryne Sandberg from the Phillies. Turned out to be a good trade.
Green came to Chicago with high hopes. Then he encountered the realities of trying to get it done at Wrigley Field.
With that in mind, Bing Hampton came up with a hell of a slogan for the Cubs: “Building a New Tradition.” It was a way for us to hedge. The new tradition of winning wouldn’t take hold overnight. A blind man could see that. But it was being built … or so
That explains why there never has been a good book written about medicine balls.
The line might be a bit dated since there are many excellent books about football, basketball and even hockey. Plimpton never addressed the concept of pucks.
However, clearly no sport has generated more literature than baseball. Ron Kaplan examines the genre in his new book, 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die.
If you love baseball books as I do, then you’ll be interested in Kaplan’s book. He notes many little-known treasures.
Here is my Q/A with Kaplan:
Why did you decide to do a book on baseball books?