What I’m Reading: 11 in ’11 by Benjamin Hochman

Early in Benjamin Hochman’s 11 in ’11: A Hometown Hero, La Russa’s Last Ride in Red, and a Miracle World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, a thought struck me that I couldn’t get out of my mind. The marketing blurb for the book had ended with the line that, “This is the definitive accountContinue reading “What I’m Reading: 11 in ’11 by Benjamin Hochman”

What I’m Reading: “Moon Shots” by Wally Moon with Tim Gregg

In Moon Shots: Reflections on a Baseball Life, former Cardinals outfielder and 1954 Rookie of the Year Wally Moon tells the story of his baseball career, from his home run in his first major league at-bat to his seven seasons with the Dodgers upon their arrival in Los Angeles. Moon’s stories about his early daysContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Moon Shots” by Wally Moon with Tim Gregg”

What I’m Reading: “Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang” by Doug Feldmann

Doug Feldmann has become one of my favorite sources for well-researched books about the most fascinating teams in Cardinals history, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed his 2000 book, Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang, about the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals. This particular team provides plenty of fodder for a writer like Feldmann, and heContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang” by Doug Feldmann”

What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson

Over the course of his 21-year playing career and even longer tenure in the broadcast booth, Tim McCarver has a wealth of stories and opinions. In Oh, Baby, I Love It! Baseball Summers, Hot Pennant Races, Grand Salamis, Jellylegs, El Swervos, Dingers and Dunkers, Etc., Etc., Etc., published in 1987, McCarver covers quite a bitContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson”

What I’m Reading: Stan Musial — An American Life by George Vecsey

George Vecsey’s Stan Musial: An American Life is a painstakingly researched look at the legend of the greatest Cardinals hitter of all time. As Vecsey notes throughout the book, Musial was one of the best hitters of all time, with numbers that placed him alongside Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams as the greatest hitters ofContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Stan Musial — An American Life by George Vecsey”