A Great Day At The Library

What could be more fun than talking about baseball and the Yankees? I’ll tell you what: meeting other similarly rabid fans – plus a fellow author.  Yesterday was “Baseball @ the Blake,” which was the name of the program at Stuart’s Blake Library.
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The author who preceded me, Lew Paper, gave a terrific talk about his book about Don Larsen’s perfect game.
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What stories! I thought I knew all there was to know about the game in which Larsen, the unlikeliest of Yankee heroes, shut down the Dodgers in the World Series. But Paper interviewed all the pertinent characters and has created a tale well worth reading. When he was finished it was my turn to speak – but not before I was greeted by Harold, a friend of this blog and the father of Barbara, who comments here frequently. Harold drove all the way up from Boynton Beach to hear me speak; I was very flattered. It’s so gratifying to meet people whose names I’ve come to know so well. Here’s Harold on the She-Fan Cam right before I got up to the stage to speak. I wish I could have spent more time with him.
I spoke for about 30 minutes – about the She-Fan book, the blog, the Yankees – and then took questions. One of the audience members had a funny story about being an eight-year-old she-fan whose father caught a foul ball and had it signed by two prominent Yankees – and what she did with the ball. Here’s Jackie during my book signing in her own words.
Also during my book signing, I got to meet and talk to Nancie, who told me she reads this blog every day as well as my Tweets. She took a somewhat circuitous route to being a Yankee fan. I’ll let her explain.
After the event at the library, I spent the evening with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. Great food, great company and a great welcome back to Stuart, where Michael and I lived for seven years. And now, today, it’s on to Tampa. Yankees, here we come.

24 Comments

That was fun Jane! Glad to hear the talk went so well and you got to meet up with some of your fans.

Looks like you will hit the big time on Tuesday. According to LoHud “Sounds like we might see the Yankees actual lineup on Tuesday, almost certainly with Robinson Cano batting fifth.”

Enjoy the sun and the fun and keep the videos coming.

It’s always a good day at the library!

Melissa

Hi Jane. Glad your reading went went. Yesterday Court and I watched the spring training game we should have been at on TV. The Yanks won that one, but lost in Lakeland where they were playing Detroit. Enjoy the rest of your time down in Florida.

Jane,

I’m glad to hear things went well at the library. I’m sure it’s great when you get to meet your fans and share a few moments. No surprise that most of them are Yankee fans, even if they occasionally took a circuitous route to get there. I liked Nancie’s confession that she’s not up on Yankee history, “but I know about the Dodgers.”

Now, I hope you have great weather and fun during the rest of your trip.

Melissa, the best part of yesterday was that I got to meet up with other Yankee fans! When I asked if there were any Yankee haters in the audience, only two hands went up. That’s pretty good! Really looking forward to Tuesday’s game especially since it will be close to “the real thing” in terms of the lineup.

Well, cheshirecat, I guess Damon just wanted us to miss him yesterday. And I do, but life – and the Yankees- will go on.

Nancie was great, jojovan. She did have Dodger love but is a total convert to the pinstripes now!

well that was fun. thanks, jane for putting my dad on your blog. he loved listening to you talk and to the author before you. he loved meeting you. he called me right after meeting you and said i just met jane and she’s great. he then called me after you spoke and said how great that was. jane, your warmth brings out the best in people. my dad was smiling the whole time he talked to you.
it seemed like you wanted him to say that he predicted the yankees would be great this year. we are nervous yankee fans, always worried. he says expect the worst and hope for the best. i have been known to say game over if we are losing in the first and have to be talked back from the ledge. apparently as a kid i used to say we may as well go home in the 4th or 5th inning if we were losing. this means i missed a lot of great walk offs this past year but was pleasantly surprised when we got pie!
again, i’m sorry i couldn’t have been at the event yesterday but thanks for making my dad’s day.
barbara

I’d say that it is every pitcher’s dream to throw a perfect game in the World Series! Crazy how only one man has lived that dream.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Barbara, your dad made my day! When he said he was taking you to Europe (was it Barcelona?), I was going to ask him if he’d adopt me. Lol. You’re both lucky to have each other. And believe me, I understand being pessimistic as a fan. I just fight through it!

Great videos !! Nancie was soo nice. Thanks for sharing this.

Greg
http://baseballfix.mlblogs.com

Isn’t the Don Larsen story amazing, Jeremy? Given the intense Yankees/Dodgers rivalry at the time and how often the two teams had faced each other – plus the fact that Larsen wasn’t even a top pitcher – it was just a miraculous event. He was definitely “in the zone” that day.

You’re welcome, Greg. More videos to come when I get to Tampa and spring training.

Yes, his name really is Lew Paper, Paul. Check out his web site about the book. He did a ton of interviews. As for your pen name, how about Paul Parchment?

Lew Paper?
Is that his real name?
Maybe I need a pen name.
Clean suggestions will be accepted.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

Jane!
Wow! I LOVE the videos with Harold, Jackie and Nancie. The baseball story from Jackie is incredible! I wish I would have been there listening to you and Lew Paper! What a treat that could have been. Last week I went to listen to Jesse Katz who was talking about his book “The Opposite Field.” Is about a little league park where his son played and his relationship with his son. Is a very touching book. I felt in love with the book when I listened to him at the Downtown LA library.
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Looking forward to more post from you Jane!
I am listening to my Dodgers and just wishing that I could go back to Camelback. My babies are losing 4-6 to the Rangers. Preston Mattingly is about to bat right now.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Actually my Dodgers are winning 6-4. Check that won 6-4 now. That is what happens when I am multi-tasking and starving!
El guerito Jeff Weaver who is a new father is the winning pitcher!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Hi Jane,
It was just great meeting you at the library, talking with you and listening to your terrific talk. The day was a real treat for me. Barbara was as excited as I was to see, and hear, me on your blog. I thought I might be the oldest one in attendance but the 89 year old man beat me out. Nothing like being with a bunch of hard core Yankee fans!
Let me know if you will ever again be on the east coast and I will be there, and thanks for this great blog.
Harold

Hi Jane,
It was just great meeting you at the library, talking with you and listening to your terrific talk. The day was a real treat for me. Barbara was as excited as I was to see, and hear, me on your blog. I thought I might be the oldest one in attendance but the 89 year old man beat me out. Nothing like being with a bunch of hard core Yankee fans!
Let me know if you will ever again be on the east coast and I will be there, and thanks for this great blog.
Harold

Hi Jane,
It was just great meeting you at the library, talking with you and listening to your terrific talk. The day was a real treat for me. Barbara was as excited as I was to see, and hear, me on your blog. I thought I might be the oldest one in attendance but the 89 year old man beat me out. Nothing like being with a bunch of hard core Yankee fans!
Let me know if you will ever again be on the east coast and I will be there, and thanks for this great blog.
Harold

Emma, I know how you feel about wanting to go back to Camelback. Once you’ve been to spring training, it gives you a taste of the season to come and you want to go to every game! Glad your Dodgers pulled out the victory today.

Harold, it was my pleasure to meet you and to capture your words of wisdom on the She-Fan Cam. Thanks again for making the trip up to Stuart. If I’m back on the east coast, I will certainly let you know.

Jane, I’m catching up here. It sounded like a great program at Stuart with the readings – and you were the star! Love the vids, BTW! I’ll catch up on the rest of your Florida adventure with more She-Fan Cam action!

http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

It was a lot of fun at the library, Randy. Wish you could have been there. The author of the book about Larsen’s perfect game was really fascinating.

i love libraries!

It’s fun how you get video clips of fellow Yankee fans haha.

The book sounds very interesting! Maybe i’ll pick it up to read one day! Not to mention finally read yours😀

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

Libraries are more important than ever these days, Mimi. For people who can’t afford to buy books, they keep everybody reading – and for that I’m very grateful. I do love getting videos of other fans. So much fun.

Jane,

Haven’t talked to you in some time and that is certainly my fault. I remember an interview with Mickey Mantle in which he mentioned the perfect game. He said that the players referred to Larsen as Goony Bird and were very upset at him during the game, because Don kept talking about how close he was to having a perfect game. Mickey said he kept telling Larsen to get away from him and to shut up. The fear was that whoever talked to Larsen about the game would bear the blame if Larsen wound up issuing a walk or yielding a base hit. And as far as announcers went, Mel Allen said he tried to respect the ballplayers wishes and not mention what Larsen was doing, just hinting at the historic possibilities. While Red Barber felt that he was a reporter first and was not about to indulge superstitions.

And speaking of Larsen the mediocre, he was 3-21 for the Orioles in 1954 the year before he was traded to New York as part of a 17 player deal. Don’t think we’ll see one of those again. During the series Don was another of Casey’s hunches.

And Joe Torre happened to be in attendance that day. Though born in Brooklyn and destined to Yankee greatness, I have no idea who he was rooting for, because oddly enough, Joe was a Giants fan. And as a little aside so was Mr. Lincoln. He was our coach in the Temple league I was in. Any time we questioned his judgement, his stock response was that we dare not doubt him, since he had attended that historic game, and thus he knew what he was talking about.

Maglie pitched exceptionally well that day for Brooklyn, and had appeared on What’s My Line? the evening before as the mystery guest and talked of his job the next day. Certainly no one at the show had thought of inviting Larsen on.

And relating this back to a She-Fan, years later I remember reading an awarding winning short story for a book report about this game that was written by Shirley Povich. I remember telling my father how much I enjoyed it and that this was the first woman sports reporter I had heard of. He then told me that Shirley was not a woman. But I was not alone in my confusion. In the 1960s Povich appeared on the game show I’ve Got a Secret, and his secret was that he had recently been selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who of American Women.

Mike

Jane,

Haven’t talked to you in some time and that is certainly my fault. I remember an interview with Mickey Mantle in which he mentioned the perfect game. He said that the players referred to Larsen as Goony Bird and were very upset at him during the game, because Don kept talking about how close he was to having a perfect game. Mickey said he kept telling Larsen to get away from him and to shut up. The fear was that whoever talked to Larsen about the game would bear the blame if Larsen wound up issuing a walk or yielding a base hit. And as far as announcers went, Mel Allen said he tried to respect the ballplayers wishes and not mention what Larsen was doing, just hinting at the historic possibilities. While Red Barber felt that he was a reporter first and was not about to indulge superstitions.

And speaking of Larsen the mediocre, he was 3-21 for the Orioles in 1954 the year before he was traded to New York as part of a 17 player deal. Don’t think we’ll see one of those again. During the series Don was another of Casey’s hunches.

And Joe Torre happened to be in attendance that day. Though born in Brooklyn and destined to Yankee greatness, I have no idea who he was rooting for, because oddly enough, Joe was a Giants fan. And as a little aside so was Mr. Lincoln. He was our coach in the Temple league I was in. Any time we questioned his judgement, his stock response was that we dare not doubt him, since he had attended that historic game, and thus he knew what he was talking about.

Maglie pitched exceptionally well that day for Brooklyn, and had appeared on What’s My Line? the evening before as the mystery guest and talked of his job the next day. Certainly no one at the show had thought of inviting Larsen on.

And relating this back to a She-Fan, years later I remember reading an awarding winning short story for a book report about this game that was written by Shirley Povich. I remember telling my father how much I enjoyed it and that this was the first woman sports reporter I had heard of. He then told me that Shirley was not a woman. But I was not alone in my confusion. In the 1960s Povich appeared on the game show I’ve Got a Secret, and his secret was that he had recently been selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who of American Women.

Mike

Mike, so good to hear from you again. The author of “Perfect” talked about Mantle and how he and the other players couldn’t bear to be around Larsen during the game because he kept talking about the perfecto. He wasn’t superstitious at all! I didn’t realize Joe Torre was there that day. Interesting tidbit. And yes, Shirley Povich was a man – and a very well respected sportswriter. How funny that he went on I’ve Got a Secret for that reason! Great stories. Thanks for sharing them.

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