April 2011

56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

Reviewed by Ben Platt of MLB.com

It’s hard to believe that it will be 70 years this summer that Joe DiMaggio set the baseball world on fire with his record 56-game hitting streak. Author Kostya Kennedy chronicles the streak and the complicated life of the Yankee Clipper in his book “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports,” which is in bookstores now.

“To me, [the streak] has been around forever,” said Kennedy, who is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. “It’s been a part of my baseball fan life. It harkens back to a different time and a different era. The streak seems like it has been ever-present.”

According to Kennedy, the streak is what defined DiMaggio and made him the revered baseball legend he is today. Read More

Click here to get the book.

Books celebrate Giants’ championship season

Reviewed by Ben Platt of MLB.com

It happens every fall. A team wins the World Series and publishers scramble to quickly get books out about the championship season.

"A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 Giants" and "Worth The Wait" are now available to fans everywhere.

There are times when books are on shelves within a month of the final out, in time to be stocking stuffers for the holidays. But in most cases, the better efforts take most of the offseason to be written and produced properly, which is the case with two books about the San Francisco Giants: “A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 Giants,” by San Jose Mercury News beat writer Andrew Baggarly and “Worth The Wait,” a photo book documenting the Giants’ season by photographer Brad Mangin and writer and Bay Area radio personality Brian Murphy. Read more

“Worth the Wait” can be purchased at the MLB.com Shop. “A Band of Misfits” is in bookstores now.

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