Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RIP Bill Monbouquette

One of our favorite interviews in Zisk history was with former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette. It's in the Fan Interference book, but in the wake of Bill's passing we're reposted that interview on our site here.

Mike wrote about Bill on the Go Metric website, which we're republishing below.

Bill Monbouquette - Sox Hurler & Maestro of the Mic

Bill Monbouquette has left us.  This bums me out.  I never knew the man during his prime.  He'd played his last game before I was born.  I met him long after the sun had set on his playing days (1958-1968), but those days was pretty great.  He left this mortal coil with a bouquet of on-field accomplishments: a no-hitter in '62, 20 wins in  '63, and three All-Star appearances.

More importantly, he appreciated the greats with whom he played and knew a great anecdote when he lived it.  He was the baron of the banquet circuit, even better on the dais than on the mound, gifted with a Don Rickles-like ability to churn over the same material year after year in ways that were forever charming and endearing and made you grateful for following this foolish game.  He was quick to celebrate the heroes of his time--he went fishing with Ted Williams, met John Glenn, golfed with the Mick, cautioned a young Doc Gooden to stick with his natural mechanics.  And he had no reservations about outing the turkeys--anyone who berates Jonathan Papelbon as the turd I assume him to be is all right in my book.

My brother and I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Monbouquette at consecutive hot stove dinners a few years ago in Syracuse.  His connections to Syracuse were tenuous--certainly they existed though he wasn't the sort of guy who lingered in local folklore--but he won us over after story one, converted us to Monbouquette lifers who look for his cards whenever we stumble into a memorabilia shop.  We approached Monbouquette after the dinner, just to say thanks and snap a picture.  He talked our ears off, delved deeper into the stories he'd told earlier, griped about the officials telling him to keep it short, and like all the greats, asked about us, steered the conversation away from himself (which really made it more about him in all the right ways).

Baseball Reference will tell you that Bill Monboutquette ranks #420 among MLB pitchers, comes in just above Denny Neagle and Larry Gura.  Denny and Larry should count their blessings.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Zisk #25 is out!

It's been a lengthy delay for this issue for various reasons, but our fall issue is finally in the mail! Subscribers should have a copy in their mailbox by the end of the week.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Issue # 24 is Out, and See Mike in Cali!

Hey all, here's a quick update on the goings on in Zisk-land.

First, issue #24 is out! If you're a subscriber, it should have arrived by now. (Email Steve if it hasn't shown up by the end of this week.)  The fine folks at Quimby's in Chicago, Atomic Books in Baltimore, Strange Maine in Portland and Razorcake have copies available.

Second, my co-editor Mike Faloon is in California this week. Wednesday he'll be taking part in a cool reading in Camarillo as part of Zine Party 2014 at UC Channel Islands. Todd Taylor from Razorcake will be reading, as well as some other great folks. Go say hello!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hear Mike Talk Baseball With Rich Kimball

Rich Kimball on 92.9 The Ticket in Bangor, Maine has been very supportive of Zisk since Fan Interference was released in June 2013. Mike has appeared on Rich's show three times, and Steve has them all for you to listen to on his SoundCloud page now!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Fan Interference is a Best Seller (in Baltimore)!

Perhaps the best night on our book tour for Fan Interference was when Mike and I did a reading with Nancy Golden and Charlie Vascellaro at Atomic Books in Baltimore. And we just discovered this week that Fan Interference made their Non-Fiction Best Seller list for 2013. Thanks Baltimore!

You can still get your copy now Blue Cubicle Press and through Amazon.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fan Interference Episode 2 is up!

Check out the second episode of our new podcast by clicking here!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fan Interference Podcast Episode 1

You can download our new podcast now! Just click here!