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  • Richard Lally: From the Editor's Vault...

    Over the past 25 years, Richard Lally, our hard-eyed editor-in-chief and the author of nine popular baseball books, has interviewed over 400 baseball personalities while gathering material for nine books on the national pastime including the best-selling The Wrong Stuff(coauthored with Bill Lee) and Bombers, an oral history of the New York Yankees. In 2002, Princeton University named Bombers to its prestigious Dixon Collection, a collection of books reflecting contemporary American thought. In this exclusive column, he will share portions of his past and most recent conversations with many of baseball's leading figures, his musings over the current baseball scene and he will present the occasional special Baseball Library feature from other contributors, including material from our archives.

    November 26, 2008: Answering a Moose Call

    Yesterday, you were quoted in the Wall Street Journalas saying that you think Mike Mussina belongs in the Hall of Fame. Do you really believe he\'s the same caliber pitcher as the greats of my day, Read More

    September 12, 2008: Richard Lally Spends Five Minutes With...Rob Neyer and

    It is disconcerting, really. Rob Neyer has been providing probing baseball analysis through his columns, books and media appearances for all this time, and yet he still manages to look so young while staying so busy. Rob writes a thoughtful, popular blog for ESPN.com, appe...Read More

    August 12, 2008: The Postman Always Rings...Our Editor Rummages Through the Mailbag Once More

    Dear Mr.Lally: I've noticed from your past writing that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens seem to be your heroes, for reasons that escape me. Your man Bo...Read More

    August 1, 2008: Our Editor-in-Chief Opens His Mailbag and Looks at Baseball's Deadline Deals (Including Manny Ramirez for Jason Bay and Others)

    The trading deadline ended at 4 p.m. yesterday (why is that? why not midnight PTA?), and several big names changed teams. Naturally, our email bags were swollen with letters opinining, complaining and generally asking "What's it all about, Alfie?" We woke up our editor, Richard Lally, sh...Read More

    June 26, 2008: Richard Lally Spends Five Minutes With...Elden Auker, Part 2

    Righthander Elden Auker (1910-2006) was a submarine pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers (1933 to 1938), the Boston Red Sox...Read More

    May 29, 2008: Richard Lally Spends 5 Minutes With...Elden Auker (Part One)

    Righthander Elden Auker (1910-2006) was a submarine pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers (1933 to 1938), the Boston Red Sox...Read More

    April 30, 2008: Projected 2008 MLB Standings From Diamond Mind Baseball by Charles Wolfson and Luke Kraemer (Imagine Sports)

    Diamond Mind is, without question, the finest baseball game on the market, a computer generated simulation that is so comprehensive in its statistical reach and so spot-on with its performance replications, many leading baseball writers use the software as an analytical tool. So it is with immens...Read More

    December 23, 2007: The Postman Rings: Our Editor Weighs In on Santana to the Mets

    It has been a cool Hot Stove League December, with few major deals executed and only a week left to go. Johann Santana remains a Minnestota Twin and, presumably, remains available. One New York Mets fan wrote to ou...Read More

    November 23, 2007: Answering the Mail: Richard Lally, our Editor-in-Chief, on Jimmy Rollins and the Los Angeles Angels Hot Stove Moves

    <Dear Mr. Lally: I'm a huge Angels fan and was wondering what you thought of my team's most recent moves, the trade for Jon Garland and the free agent signing of Read More

    November 16, 2007: One for Our Archive: Why We Lost 3 World Championships, Part 3 By Christy Mathewson

    > Christy Mathewson was not only a Hall of Fame pitcher, he was also one of baseball's first great authors. His "Pitching In a Pinch" was a best-seller and it went on to become a classic, still widely ...Read More

    November 15, 2007: One for the Archives: Why We Lost 3 World Championships, Part 2 by Christy Mathewson

    Christy Mathewson was not only a Hall of Fame pitcher, he was also one of baseball's first popular authors. His "Pitching In a Pinch" was a best-seller and it went on to become a classic, still wid...Read More

    November 14, 2007: One For the Archives: Why We Lost 3 World Championships, Part One by Christy Mathewson

    Christy Mathewson was not only a Hall of Fame pitcher, he was also one of baseball's first popular authors. His "Pitching In a Pinch" was a best-seller and it went on to become a classic, still widely read today. In this arti...Read More

    November 5, 2007: The Postman Keeps Ringing - Our Editor-in-Chief Answers the Mail

    I'm a Dodgers fan and my team just hired Joe Torre as manager. In a recent column, Mike Lupica of the Daily News said that ...Read More

    November 2, 2007: The Yankees and Life After Alex Rodriguez

    I'm a Yankees fan and the defection of ARod has me distraught. I see few viable replacements for him, unless the team sacrifices its young pitchers and I can easily see this contending team unraveling. Can the Yankees recover without changing their minds and crawling back to him? YankeeRockstar34...Read More

    November 1, 2007: List of 2007 Major League Free Agents - Part 3: Relievers and Starters

    With the World Series over, major league baseball's "third season" soon will begin, that time when teams can start offering contracts to free agents beyond those who are on their current rosters. If you're team is in the market for tale...Read More

    October 31, 2007: 2007 List of Major League Baseball Free Agents - Part Two: The Outfielders and Designated Hitters

    In eight more days major league baseball's "third season" begins, that time when teams can start offering contracts to free agents beyond those who are on their current rosters. If you're team is in the market for talent, you can review the pickings with this list, sorted by position. Today we...Read More

    October 29, 2007: A Guide to the 2007 Major League Baseball Free Agent Pool: Catchers and Infielders

    The postseason and World Series are over - congratulations to the Boston Red Sox - and in 10 more days major league baseball's "third season" begins, that time when teams can start off...Read More

    October 22, 2007: Our Editor Answers the Mail - Shoeless Joe Jackson: In His Own Words

    We often receive letters regarding Shoeless Joe Jackson's participation, or lack of same, in the plot by the Chicago White Sox to throw the 1919 Read More

    October 19, 2007: Eyewitness News: Once and For All, the Lowdown on Babe Ruth and the Called Shot

    It is one of baseball's most enduring legends. During the third game of the 1932 World Series between the New York Yankees and Chicago C...Read More

    October 12, 2007: Friday is a Holiday: The BBL Awards Week Concludes

    "I'm your huckleberry!"

    Those were the last words David Wright and Jimmy Rollins heard after the Colorado pistoleer drew his ivory-handled Colt from its h...Read More

    October 11, 2007: Alex Rodriguez Wins the Baseball Library 2007 American League Player of the Year Award

    Is anyone suprised? We probably could have handed over this piece of hardware back in July. Each of the 19 members of our blue-ribbon electors committee--a group primarily composed of baseball journalists, analysts and other members of the industry--tabbed Read More

    October 10, 2007: Introducing the 2007 Baseball Library Silk Glove Team

    <Okay, maybe we're biased, but we think our Silk Glove Team more accurately identifies the top fielders at each position in both leagues than the Rawlings Gold Glove squad. Why? Because the selections for our unit are entirely subjective. No one voted for a player because of his bat or his reputa...Read More

    October 8, 2007: Introducing Our 2007 N.L. Top Performers Team

    We continue the Baseball's Library's first annual awards week. Yesterday, announced the members of the 2007 American League Top Performers League. Today we unveil the 24-man Na...Read More

    October 8, 2007: Introducing Our 2007 A.L. Top Performers Team

    Monday, October 8 signals the start of the Baseball's Library's awards week. Over the next seven days, we will announce the members of the 2007 National League and American Lea...Read More

    September 11, 2007: Our Editor Visits Our Archives To Find the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians

    With the Cleveland Indians poised to win their first division title since 1997, we thought it would be appropriate to dip into the vast archive secreted in one of our vaults to revisit this article which appeared in the Baseball Library o...Read More

    July 19, 2007: Richard Lally Spends Five Minutes With…Sparky Anderson

    In 26 seasons as manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, George “Sparky” Anderson won 2,194 games, good for third place on the all-time list of winning managers. He also skippered teams that won three Read More

    June 18, 2007: Richard Lally Spends Five Minutes With...Eddie Joost

    Eddie Joost played the infield, mostly at shortstop, in 1574 games for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, Philadelphia A’s and...Read More

    June 5, 2007: Richard Lally Spends Five Minutes With...Clete Boyer

    According to most defensive metrics, Clete Boyer, and not Brooks Robinson, was the greatest defensive third baseman in the history of baseball. A former New York Yank...Read More

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