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Month: November 2016

Fidel Castro and Cuban Sports: Sports Biblio Digest, 11.27.16

Fidel Castro’s impact on Cuban sports was among the topics of discussion in the wake of his death Friday at the age of 90, as retrospectives poured in about “The Last Cold Warrior,” and his legacy on his country and global affairs.

domino diaries, brin-jonathan butler, cuban boxing, cuban sportsInjecting sports into his country’s Communist identity was one of Castro’s initial and enduring actions, affecting far more than his beloved béisbol.

In his 2015 book “The Domino Diaries” (Sports Biblio review here), author Brin-Jonathan Butler wrote:

“Sport wasn’t an opium for those people; their culture was an opium for sport.” Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Holiday Of Sports Books: Sports Biblio Digest, 11.20.16

One of the great joys of doing this blog and newsletter is hearing from authors as well as readers. As another Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the United States, I want to thank all of you for reading, subscribing and getting in touch.

Mark Kram Jr., Great Men Die Twice, Thanksgiving holidayThis is a passion project, and I’m grateful I get to do this every week. Lately I’ve been limited with my Sports Biblio project, as I’ve taken on several freelance assignments. I have a number of blog posts lined up that I will be publishing soon, an assortment of book reviews and book-related topics that are long overdue.

I’ve been very thankful to hear from authors offering to send me copies of their book, and recently I got a couple of very nice surprises. Continue reading

A Few Good Autumn Reads: Sports Biblio Digest, 11.13.16

There’s no over-arching theme to this week’s newsletter, but so many great longform and magazine pieces to share—a few good autumn reads, to repeat the headline. Some are seasonal and topical, fitting the rhythms of the fall that’s finally arrived here in North America; others are not.

I think of this as a dip into serendipity, and if you see anything that you’d like to share here, please let me know. Reader contributions are always welcome! Several books I’ve been reading will be reviewed here soon, and some meatier topics I’ve wanted to explore are also on the horizon.

My friend Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News wrote of his nephew, who’s winding down his final season of Division III—non-scholarship—football at Ferrum College in Michigan:
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The Chicago Cubs and World Series Memories: Sports Biblio Digest, 11.6.16

Even if there hadn’t been such a momentous victory by the Chicago Cubs, the World Series that ended this week may have been the best I’ve ever seen.

a season for the ages, chicago cubsI don’t like saying things like that, in the heat of the moment. Before the Cubs staged their stirring recovery from a 3-1 deficit, thus ending a 108-year curse, comparisons were being made to what I thought had been the best World Series of my lifetime.

The 1991 World Series between the Braves and the Twins didn’t go the way I wanted, and maybe declaring the Cubs-Cleveland Indians saga the best is my way of vanquishing the ghost of Charlie Liebrandt.

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