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13 minutes ago, Tabe said:

I know lots of people like Jane Leavey's books.  I somehow managed to finish her Koufax bio though it's easily one of the worst baseball books I've ever read.  Didn't bother with the Mantle or Ruth books.  From what I'm told, if I didn't like the Koufax one, I definitely won't like the other two.

Pretty much, though I think the Mantle book is better than the Koufax one, for the record. Haven't read the Ruth one.

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13 minutes ago, Tabe said:

To be fair, I am friends with Hornbaker because I told him his NWA book was poorly written and needed better editing.  Did that on the Wrestling Classics message board in the middle of a thread where everyone else was worshiping the book.  He PM'ed me to thank me for the honesty and a friendship was born.  And I've continued to give his wrestling books the not-so-great reviews they deserved.  I am definitely not wearing rose-colored glasses with Tim's books. 🙂  I find his baseball books to be well-written, not so much his wrestling stuff.

That said, here's why, in a nutshell, Hornbaker's book is better: Leershen repeats as true the story that Ty Cobb once got a home run on a ball hit back to the pitcher.  It's nonsense.

Boy.  I only read Hornbaker's Cobb book, not his Joe Jackson book.  And I thought it was brutally written.  The NWA book was worse, no question.  But boy, was that Cobb book torture for me to get through.  It really was as if he had never read a book before. 

I'd also say in both Leershan AND Hornbaker's cases, one huge drawback was their need to attack Al Stump's fiction repeatedly.  We get it - Stump made the Cobb stuff up.  I didn't need them both going  at it over and over.  I think there probably is a good Cobb book for someone to write.  I don't know if anyone has got to it yet.

9 minutes ago, Tabe said:

I know lots of people like Jane Leavey's books.  I somehow managed to finish her Koufax bio though it's easily one of the worst baseball books I've ever read.  Didn't bother with the Mantle or Ruth books.  From what I'm told, if I didn't like the Koufax one, I definitely won't like the other two.

The Koufax book suffered from Koufax not being very interesting.  He's just not a colorful person.  All Lou Gerhrig bio's have the same problem.  I thought Leavey did fine with what she could do with Koufax.  The Mantle book was certainly livelier at least.

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