New Books Network

Chris Donnelly, “Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Chris Donnelly‘s new book Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) focuses on the 1985 New York baseball season, a season like no other since the Mets came to town in 1962. Never... Read More
Bonita Mersiades, “Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way” (Powderhouse Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Bonita Mersiades, former Head of Public Affairs with the Football Federation Australia, and author of Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way (Powderhouse Press, 2018).  In our conversation, we discussed the 2018/2022 Australian World Cup bid, the future of global football, and... Read More
Gregg Bocketti, “The Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil” (UP of Florida, 2016)
Today we are joined by Gregg Bocketti, Professor of History at Transylvania University, and author of The Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil (University Press of Florida, 2016).  In our conversation, we discussed the transplantation of European sports to Brazil, the rising success of... Read More
Alexander Barnes, “Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball during the Great War” (Schiffer Publishing, 2019)
Today we are joined by Alexander Barnes, who co-wrote Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball during the Great War (Schiffer Publishing, 2019) with Peter F. Belmonte and Samuel O. Barnes. Blending sports and military history, the authors revisit the national pastime and the Doughboys who were fervent fans. Using primary sources... Read More
Lincoln A. Mitchell, “Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants, and the Shaping of the Major Leagues” (Kent State UP, 2018)
Ask a Brooklynite over the age of fifty and they’ll likely tell you that baseball’s golden age ended the day the Dodgers and Giants packed up and headed for the West Coast. Not so argues Lincoln A. Mitchell in his new book, Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants, and the... Read More
Roger Robinson, “When Running Made History” (Syracuse UP, 2018)
“A race can mean more than a race,” Roger Robinson writes in his new book, When Running Made History (Syracuse University Press, 2018). “It can show that human beings are still capable of attaining pure beauty through arduous endeavor.” Written as a personal history, elite runner and literary scholar Roger... Read More
Ron Keurajian, “Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide” (McFarland, 2018)
Today we are joined by Ron Keurajian, author of the book Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide (Second Edition) (McFarland, 2018). Keurajian is a commercial banker by trade but has spent 35 years documenting and cataloging autographs. This second edition, which expands on his original 2012 work, contains... Read More