What I’m Reading: “I’m Keith Hernandez” by Keith Hernandez

At the beginning of “I’m Keith Hernandez,” the titular author announces that this will be no ordinary biography in which the athlete chronologically takes the reader through the highs and lows of his career. For the most part, this isn’t entirely true. Hernandez indeed walks us through the early days of his career, culminating inContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “I’m Keith Hernandez” by Keith Hernandez”

What I’m Reading: “Molina” by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan

“Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty” was published in 2015, but as 2020 draws to a close I can safely say it has been the best baseball book I have read this year. From the title, one can be forgiven for expecting the book to be about the threeContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Molina” by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan”

What I’m Reading: “One Last Strike” by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel

In “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season,” Tony La Russa looks back at what he believed would be his final season as a major-league manager. The 2011 Cardinals team was, of course, a great team to write a book about, with strong personalitiesContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “One Last Strike” by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel”

What I’m Reading: Red – A Baseball Life

It’s possible that no one experienced more St. Louis Cardinals history than Red Schoendienst. He was a through line for Cardinals baseball, connecting the Cardinals through the decades. Through Schoendienst, Cardinals fans could draw a straight line from 1940s and ‘50s stars such as Stan Musial, Marty Marion, Enos Slaughter, Harry Brecheen, and Terry MooreContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Red – A Baseball Life”

What I’m Reading: “Uppity” by Bill White

With the passing of Bob Gibson and Lou Brock earlier this year, Bill White’s story is all the more important. From his days as the only black player on the San Francisco Giants’ Class B affiliate in Danville, Va., to his early days with the Cardinals playing under Solly Hemus and his leadership in changingContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Uppity” by Bill White”