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Lee Lowenfish

Lee Lowenfish has 2 articles published.

Lee Lowenfish, a jazz and baseball journalist and historian of American culture, teaches sport history in Columbia University’s graduate Sports Management program in New York City. He is the author of the award-winning biography Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman and The Imperfect Diamond: A History of Baseball’s Labor Wars, and he collaborated on Tom Seaver’s The Art of Pitching. You can follow Lee @leelowenfish

A reader’s guide to the no-baseball blues

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“I just look out the window and wait for spring to come,” Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby once said, when asked how he passed time during the off-season. As a certified baseball nut, I know the feeling. But here’s a more constructive idea: pull up a chair and delve into two recent books that will add to your knowledge about the endlessly fascinating game of baseball. Before the end of the 2012 season, Jamie Moyer retired at 49 after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. In Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time (Grand Central Publishing), Moyer and sportswriter Larry Platt tell the story of how a pitcher who…

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KEEPERS OF THE GAME A Valuable Addition To Baseball Oral History

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Jerome Holtzman’s “No Cheering in the Press Box” has long been one of my favorite books. Initially published in 1973 and expanded in 1995, “No Cheering” offered oral history at its best, combining insight into the daily life of sportswriters while placing their craft in the context of their times. In his new book, Keepers of the Game, Dennis D’Agostino aspires to follow in the formidable footsteps of the late Holtzman, the pride of Chicago sports journalism and baseball’s first official historian. After reading his 23 interviews with sportswriters from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, Boston and Baltimore to Cincinnati and Chicago, and Atlanta to St. Louis and Denver, I am happy to report that “Keepers of…

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