All-Star Baseball Books
The Glory of Their Times, by Lawrence Ritter
The Celebrant, by Eric Rolfe Greenberg
Ball Four, by Jim Bouton. I met him once, and he was something of a jerk. But so was Caravaggio.
The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Everyone wishes he'd update it.
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner. If you love the art of pitching, you will learn a lot.
I'm Keith Hernandez: A Memoir. Like Ball Four, but with taste and Keith's unique flair. A great book about learning to hit.
Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, by Paul Goldberger. An architecture critic's tour of the evolution of the ballpark. A great gift for any baseball fan.
AN IDEA TO IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
One of the most exciting components of baseball is the stolen base. Steals are down 30% from their peak. But attempted steals are down much more. The front-office-baseball-quants have come up with a calculus that has sucked out a lot of excitement from the game.
A solution: If you steal second base, you get third too. Yes, swipe second and the ump ushers you ninety feet farther.
What if there's already a runner at third? That runner trots home.
What if a runner's on second and he steals third? Then he gets to score.
Comedy Life '90s
In NYC in the '90s Steve founded a sketch-comedy group, TunnelVision. Out of that the film Show Me The Aliens! was born. Silly/Profound/Excellent Acting/Great Directing. Steve, Devin Crowley, Kirk Davis, and the crew had a wonderful time making it. I hope you have a moment to click here and check it out, or else you might get abducted by extraterrestrials (usually traumatic).