BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Cloudbuster Nine,” One Of The Greatest Baseball Teams Ever

The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II

By Anne R. Keene

Sports Publishing; hardcover, $26.99

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the debut of one of baseball’s most historic teams, led by Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain.

In 1943, while the Yankees and Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that season’s World Series, one of the nation’s strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina.

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ACC Returns To Barclays Center In 2022

(North Carolina battling Duke in the 2018 ACC Tournament Semifinals in March – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Thursday afternoon that its Men’s Basketball Tournament will return to Barclays Center in 2022.

The ACC also announced that the 2021 Tournament will be held at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Brooklyn Dodgers History

The Brooklyn Dodgers are one of baseball’s most storied teams, and there are three new books out chronicling what made them so special: Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life by J. Christopher Schutz; Handsome Random Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer by Ransom Jackson, Jr., with Gaylon H. White; and Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger by Lyle Spatz.

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Yankees Reach Breaking Point On Baby Bombers

(Luis Severino confers with Gary Sanchez on Wednesday night)

Coming into this season, the Yankees were championing the “Baby Bombers,” a collection of homegrown talent that they hoped would rival what they built two decades ago on the way to five championships.

Incredibly, their future appears more in doubt than ever before, as the Yankees have benched first baseman Greg Bird and, after a disastrous first inning in an 8-2 loss to Oakland on Wednesday, catcher Gary Sanchez might join him.

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NYCFC Outlasted By New England, Suffers 1st Home Loss Of Season

(NYCFC’s Maxi Moralez holding off New England’s Brandon Bye – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium as they were shutout, 1-0, by the New England Revolution.

After a scoreless first half, New England broke through in the 71st minute when Brian Wright was in the right place at the right time, as he got the rebound off a shot from Cristian Panilla, to make it 1-0.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Leibovich On The Current State Of NFL In “Big Game”

Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times

By Mark Leibovich

Penguin Press; hardcover, $28.00; available today, Tuesday, September 4

Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, examines in the NFL in the age of Trump, how it has become another battleground in the culture wars in his new book, Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times.

The NFL is an an era of explosive revenue growth, as shown by all the deluxe new stadiums across the country, and has become America’s most popular sport and its secular religion, with over 20 million people tuned in every Sunday in the fall.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Stylist” By Rosie Nixon

The Stylist

By Rosie Nixon

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $15.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Rosie Nixon, Hello! Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, is out with her debut novel, The Stylist.

Amber Green, a kooky 20-something trying to make her mark in the fashion world, navigates a Hollywood  award season after going from fashion boutique employee to assistant for the stylist to the stars.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Summer at the Garden Cafe”

Summer at the Garden Cafe: A Novel

By Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Harper Perennial; paperback, 400 pages; $15.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated in English and Irish from UCD in the 1970s. McCoy then built a successful career in the United Kingdon as an actress and writer, working in theatre, music theatre, radio, television, and digital media. She is the author of two memoirs, The House on an Irish Hillside, which was released in 2012, and A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance in 2015, in addition to an illustrated book Enough Is Plenty: The Year on the Dingle Peninsula.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Not Our Kind” By Kitty Zeldis

Not Our Kind

By Kitty Zeldis

Harper/HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 352 pages, $26.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Set in New York City in the period right after World War II, a time that was awash with possibility for some people, Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis features two young women—one Jewish, one not —and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Field Of Bones” By J.A. Jance

Field Of Bones: A Brady Novel of Suspense

By J.A. Jance

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $27.99; available Tuesday, September 4

J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author and recipient of The Strand Magazine’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, is back with a chilling novel, Field Of Bones, featuring Sheriff Joanna Brady.

Jance came on the scene as part of a wave of breakout, female mystery and suspense writers that splashed onto the literary scene a few decades ago, and she has become a perennial favorite among readers.

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