A Fun Thing for You to Do

Has the physical exhaustion of the endless middle-class toil got you down? Are you desperate for another in a long string of trivial distractions to amuse you and distract you from the harsh reality of the unblinking void? Allow this ancient, unanimated daguerreotype to bring a moment of Good Feelings into your life, or at least some cognitive dissonance.

The game: attached below is a photograph of the northern half of the present author’s home library.

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(Embiggenation is a necessity for this particular activity. Click to do so.)

Majestic, no? Note the grandeur of the Ikea bookshelves, all named Billy. Take in the couch, a bloated and gaseous corpse, purchased in the Watergate era. Cast your eyes toward the crown molding, lending a touch of Ionic superciliousness. Finally, bathe in the radiant light of the books, all purchased for between $0.99 to $3.00 at thrift stores and public library book sales.

Once you’re finished being struck by awe, let’s move forward to The Game.

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The outlined section in the picture above houses the baseball books in my collection. The challenge: using the picture above, name as many of the books as possible that you can recognize, based on the spines. There are 65 books in total. A final hint: they are alphabetized by author.

Good luck to you! May you be diverted!




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Patrick Dubuque is a wastrel and a general layabout. Many of the sites he has written for are now dead. Follow him on Twitter @euqubud.


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Kyle
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3 years 4 months ago

That, my friends, is an MF’ing Home Library.

Aaron W.
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Aaron W.
3 years 4 months ago

Joke if you may, but the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract shows up clearly. My question: is Al Stump’s book in the baseball section or is it with the other fiction?

David Wiers
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3 years 4 months ago

I can only tell with certainty that there is a Bill James Historical Abstract on the second highest shelf. Any guesses beyond that would be wild speculation.

/plucks low hanging fruit

samuelraphael
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3 years 4 months ago

O! Holy Cow, the Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto.

Baseball is a Funny Game – Joe Garagiola

Weaver on Strategy – Earl Weaver

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

The rest are all assorted Matt Christopher young adult novels.

the sauce
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the sauce
3 years 4 months ago

Fun fact: I read Matt Christopher’s “Catcher with a Glass Arm” in first grade. Upon re-reading it in fifth grade, I learned that the first grade version of me didn’t understand metaphors all that well and that the catcher’s arm was not, in fact, made of glass.

I experienced a similar problem reading “No Arm in Left Field” except it was made worse by the growing suspicion I had that Matt Christopher was recycling his plots. Those suspicions were confirmed when I read Christopher’s “The Third Baseman That Couldn’t Throw Well or Something” and “A Biography of Johnny Damon”.

Wil
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Wil
3 years 4 months ago

I do like how in the upper right of this picture there is a heavy tome precariously perched, ready to fall into the path of an unsuspecting reader and quite possibly render said reader unconscious.

Gene
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Gene
3 years 4 months ago

OK, that’s a chair, not a couch, first off. Second, may we assume you sit in that chair to read? And if so, do you read with those awful fluorescent-white overhead lights?

rcbuss
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rcbuss
3 years 4 months ago

Ball Four

MusialyAwesome
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MusialyAwesome
3 years 4 months ago

Veeck – As in Wreck

Boys of Summer

Nine Innings

Moneyball

MIT
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MIT
3 years 4 months ago

I believe I can make out cardboard gods on the 5th shelf

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
3 years 4 months ago

Because rules are for breaking:

– I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburnt Country, Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson
– Collapse, Jared Diamond
– 1776, David McCullough
– four volumes of The Onion
– America: The Book, by the writers of the Daily Show
– The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman
– Doubt, Jennifer Hecht
– Himalaya, Michael Palin

…and because I am not completely useles…
– the Library of America classic baseball writing anthology

olethros
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olethros
3 years 4 months ago

Guns, Germs, and Steel is right next to Collapse. And there’s something that might be a set of Gaiman’s Sandman series in there. Other than that, I got nothing. Except myopia.

The Return of Rambo Diaz
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The Return of Rambo Diaz
3 years 4 months ago

Request: Jeremy Book surrounded by Patrick Dubuque’s Books.

jauche
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jauche
3 years 4 months ago

Shoeless Joe

Baseball Between the Numbers

The Buck O’Neil book by Posnanski. Sorry, my internet is broken and I can’t look up the title.

jauche
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jauche
3 years 4 months ago

Oh, nevermind.

I mean the Buck O’Neil book by Buck O’Neil.

Greg
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Greg
3 years 4 months ago

I see an autographed copy of Jose Canseco’s “Juiced.”

Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
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Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
3 years 4 months ago

I spy The Book.

the sauce
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the sauce
3 years 4 months ago

why u gotta call me out on cheating bro :(

Toasty
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3 years 4 months ago

I do believe I see a copy of “Baseball Between the Numbers.”

Toasty
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3 years 4 months ago

(4th shelf)

UncleCharlieVT
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UncleCharlieVT
3 years 4 months ago

Chess by laszlo polgar
Basic chess endings by fine
My 60 most memorable games by Fischer
Two knights defense by flear (and too many Everyman opening tomes to name)
Opening repertoire for black by Karpov
My great predecessors by Kasparov vol. 3?

Bill
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Bill
3 years 4 months ago

Is that a series of books from the Loeb series in the upper left hand corner?

walkie
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3 years 4 months ago

I’m slow on the draw, but of those not yet named, I was able to pick out Baseball Hacks and Ichiro On Ichiro from their blurry spines.

Blockhead
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Blockhead
3 years 4 months ago

Odd Man Out by Matt McCarthy near the middle of the 4th shelf.

JT
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JT
3 years 4 months ago

I thought you were going to ask us to find more tetris pieces

twigman
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twigman
3 years 3 months ago

I cannot name a single baseball book from the first image; but I must say that I am slightly surprised that it appears to be only a small percentage of the whole. While I understand that you are truly an accomplished reader, I still would have expected more books on perhaps your favorite subject, baseball.

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