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... The pitch does not put great strain on a player’s arm, so specialists can set records for endurance. Barney Schultz pitched in nine straight games for the Chicago Cubs. Wilbur Wood threw 376 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 1972, a mark that will probably never be broken. Hoyt Wilhelm, the first relief pitcher to make the Hall of Fame, was burying batters at age 49. 

There’s something heartening, even heroic, about these “scrap heap guys” who find a way to stay in the majors and stymie the stars. And they have the calluses on their fingertips to prove it.

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Monroe Leaf: More Than Just Ferdinand

…Leaf himself claimed no ulterior motive for the book, saying that Ferdinand was innocent fun, written simply so that “Robert Lawson and I could have a good time.” But Leaf wrote many other children’s books including the Can Be Fun series of ten titles which address such topics as health, safety, manners, arithmetic, and geography in an instructive, humorous style. The first title in the series, published in 1934, was Grammar Can be Fun, which Leaf was inspired to write when he overheard a mother in the New York subway trying to explain to her son why he shouldn’t say the word “ain’t.” It was apparent to Leaf that the child didn’t understand what the mother was trying to tell him, and he began to think about simple ways to convey to children concepts of manners and speech. All the books in the series use humor to get their points across. Grammar Can be Fun, for example, introduces characters such as Ain’t (who is very lazy) and Yeah (who is an awful creature) along with Gimme and his two little sisters, Gonna and Wanna, who all work towards humoring the reader into doing the right thing rather than shaming him out of doing the wrong one.

Most of his books are directed towards the elementary school age child, but he did write one book, in 1938, for young adults, specifically for teenage girls, entitled, Listen, Little Girl, Before You Come to New York, a rather curious informational book for young women who are thinking about going to New York City to look for a job. It is a book which gives plain facts about the advertising, fashion and publishing industries and about dealing with landlords and boarding houses. One reviewer praised Listen Little Girl for being a book with all the answers, something that could be said of almost all Leaf’s children’s books, which give advice and guidance in a wide range of subjects with both sincerity and humor, and except for The Story of Ferdinand, there’s no bull in them.

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Ferdinand is a really great pacifist bull and he wears a beatific expression and he is super into flowers. 

I always loved Ferdinand and the corks dangling from his cork tree XD

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Six books, one binding

Here’s something special. You may remember a blog I posted about dos-à-dos (or “back-to-back”) books. These are very special objects consisting of usually two books, which were bound together at their, well, backs. When you were done with the one book, you would flip the object and read the other. The dos-à-dos book you see here is even more special. Not only is it a rather old one (it was bound in the late 16th century), but it contains not two but six books, all neatly hidden inside a single binding (see this motionless pic to admire it). They are all devotional texts printed in Germany during the 1550s and 1570s (including Martin Luther, Der kleine Catechismus) and each one is closed with its own tiny clasp. While it may have been difficult to keep track of a particular text’s location, a book you can open in six different ways is quite the display of craftsmanship.

Pic: Stockholm, Royal Library. See the full image gallery here.

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  Via Zippy the Pinhead

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de Cuba et de Iamaica by Alain Manesson Mallet
An extract showing Jamaica from an engraving in Mallet’s Description de L’Univers published by Thierry, Paris, 1683.

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{exhales steam}

That is so me. 

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It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I’m going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things.

And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I’m an author, often an author of fiction. I write for children and for adults. For about 30 years I have been earning my living though my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur.

So I’m biased as a writer. But I am much, much more biased as a reader….

   Via Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books |

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