The Searcher by Tana French

The Searcher is about retired Chicago police officer Cal Hooper who retires to a small village in Ireland after his divorce. So, of course, when thinking of a Cal in Major League Baseball you immediately think of… Cal Eldred. Why didn’t I initially think of the most obvious and famous Cal of all time, CalContinue reading “The Searcher by Tana French”

Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues Set

I don’t generally get excited much, but I am really, REALLY excited to begin playing with the Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues All Stars Set. The set includes 103 players, all of the big name Hall of Famers I’ve read about over the years, and many more players who I hope to learn about now that IContinue reading “Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues Set”

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

(Audiobook) Okay, bear with me on this one. Fredrik Backman is a wonderful Swedish author. There have been four Swedish-born players in MLB history, but none of them were born after 1900, so the Swedish-born angle was out. There is a father-son (Jack and Jim) pair of police officers in the story, and there haveContinue reading “Anxious People by Fredrik Backman”

Fairlane Road by Cody Lakin

Fairlane Road, Cody Lakin’s second book, includes a seeming villain who magically slips out of police custody, a mysterious “Higher World,” Fairies, Gods and Goddesses, and a potential new world order. I chose 2016 Topps Dee Gordon as my bookmark for this “strange” one. Earlier this year, Dee wanted to honor his late mother, DeVonaContinue reading “Fairlane Road by Cody Lakin”

Oscar Charleston by Jeremy Beer

This one was easy. The Ted Williams Co. created a set in 1993 that included a Negro Leagues subset of 19 cards. Among those featured were Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard. And Oscar Charleston. It is not surprising that Ted Williams championed the Negro League legends in his set. Ted WilliamsContinue reading “Oscar Charleston by Jeremy Beer”