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December 3, 2016

On the one hand…

Filed under: Uncategorized — stevemryan @ 6:32 am

I don’t think I’ve played ten APBA Games in the past two months.  I’ve had a couple of weeks where I have worked 84+ hours, so there is that.  Hopefully, we will get the new guy at work trained and I will be back on a normal schedule.  Besides the money, I have listened to several audiobooks.  These eyes don’t read much anymore, but aside from some slight hearing loss, audiobooks are my way to keep up with one of my favorite ways to pass the time.

I generally listen to sports, mostly baseball books, with the occasional piece of fiction thrown in.  Right now, I am listening to Bums by Peter Golenbock.  In the past month, I have finished Stan Musial by George Vecsey, The Era:  1947-1957 by Rager Kahn, Gill Hodges by Danny Peary & Tom Clavin, Seasons in Hell by Mike Shropshire, Ahead of the Curve by Brian Kenny, From 33rd Street to Camden Yards by John Eisenberg, In Pursuit of Pennants by Mark L Armour & Daniel R Levitt, The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller, American Jews and America’s Game by Larry Ruttman, Walter Johnson by Henry W Thomas, Baseball Maverick by Steve Kettmann, Yogi Berra by Allen Barra, Red Sox Nation by Peter Golenbock, Negro League Baseball by Neil Lanctot, Ty Cobb by Charles Leerhsen, Big Data Baseball by Travis Sawchik, The Last Hero by Howard Bryant, Willie Mays by James S Hirsch, Stengal by Robert Creamer, Great Baseball Writing by Editors of Sports Illustrated, Ball Four by Jim Bouton, Pinstripe Empire by Marty Appel and The Kid by Ben Bradlee Jr.

I have also listened to a few other books:  When the Game Was Ours by Jackie MacMullen, Larry Bird & Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Dr J Unabridged by Julius Erving & Karl Taro Greenfield, Wooden by Seth Davis, The Last Cowboy by Mark Ribowsky, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Jim Defelice & Scott McEwan, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, Football 101 by Gilbert Klein, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greill Marcus, Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Namath by Mark Kriegel, Parcells:  A Football Life by Nunyo Demasio & Bill Parcells, Tender Hearts Taste Better in Butter by Weston Ochse, Fifty Years of Great Writing by The Editors of Sports Illustrated, The Legends Club by John Feinstein, The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas, Shelter by Harlan Coben, When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss, The Match by Mark Frost, The Innocent:  A Novel by David Baldacci, Great Football Writing by Rob Fleder (editor), The Playground by Ray Bradbury, Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben, A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley, The Woods by Harlan Coben and The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

There are also several other books I have on CD that I picked up in second-hand stores but I can’t remember off of them.  I am thankful to my wife for the Audible Membership among the many other things I thank her for.  She is the best!

Hopefully, I will be back in the saddle of my APBA chair and rollin’ them bones and flippin’ them cards.  At least I have made good use of the time.


1 Comment »

  1. Reading is my second favorite pastime! We miss you over at the ’69 replay, especially the Reds and Braves.

    Comment by coalblack — January 12, 2017 @ 7:22 am

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