2016-11-23 / Sports

Sanford’s Carl Johnson releases 4th book on baseball

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

SANFORD — Sanford author Carl Johnson recently released his latest book, “The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book, Volume II,” and will be promoting it throughout greater New England in the coming weeks.

This is Johnson’s fourth book to date, and he is excited to continue to tell some of baseball’s greatest stories, past and present.

“The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book” was released earlier this year in March and was well-received by readers, which was one of the biggest factors in writing its second volume. Johnson has also developed a solid fan base in his columns, which he writes on his blog and for the Journal Tribune.

“The reason I wrote this book is because when I write factual pieces for my books or for (The Journal Tribune), I get a lot of emails from people that enjoy it. That’s where I got the idea to write the first one. The first one did really well so I decided to do number two,” said Johnson. “I’m excited to share this with the fans.”

In the second volume, Johnson delves into some of the richest stories from the golden era of baseball, as well as more recent stories of players, games, and major league baseball on the whole.

“This is the same amount of lines as the first one ... it’s 50 essays and short stories that are meant to be read quickly during your down time,” said Johnson. “It starts out with ‘Slaughter’s Mad Dash,’ from the 1946 World Series and ends with a story about Mark Fidrych.”

Johnson also takes a look at some local legends such as the Red Sox’ Ted Williams and his divisional rival,  Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees.

“I also write about Ted Williams in Boston and Joe DiMaggio who is one of my favorites ... I discuss their historic 1941 season and compare the two players. I think fans will like it a lot.”

Not only does Johnson write to entertain his readers, but he hopes to share his passion for the sport with his fans as well.

“The research is a lot of fun to do, especially if you’re a baseball nut like me. Looking at the stats and history is really interesting. There’s a whole lot of stuff in this book,” said Johnson.

Johnson will be making appearances in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the upcoming weeks.

Johnson will be appearing at the Shell Shack Gallery in Kennebunkport during the town’s Christmas Prelude on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. He will also be signing books at the Kennebunk Library on Monday, Dec. 21.

Signings will also be held at Sherman’s Books in Portland on Saturday, Dec. 18, as well as Sherman’s Books in Freeport on Sunday the 19th. He will also be appearing in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and Laconia, New Hampshire.

For questions, contact Johnson at baseballworldbjt@yahoo.com or check out his blog at baseballworldbjt.com. 

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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