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Best Baseball Books

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The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Michael Lewis - Mar 17, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that's smaller than that of nearly every other team. Conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success. But Bea...
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Ev WilliamsEric Alper
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Ball Four
The Final Pitch
Jim Bouton - Apr 01, 2014 (first published in 1970)
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The beloved baseball classic now available in paperback, with a new prologue by Jim Bouton When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a lightning bolt. Commissioners, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to ...
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Summer of '49
David Halberstam - May 09, 2006 (first published in 1989)
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With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize–winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beg...
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The Glory of Their Times
The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Lawrence S Ritter - Apr 06, 2010 (first published in 1966)
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From Lawrence Ritter (The Image of Their Greatness, The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time), comes one of the bestselling, most acclaimed sports books of all time, The Glory of Their Times—now a Harper Perennial Modern Classic.Baseball was different in earlier days—tougher, rawer, more intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the ...
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Tony Reinke
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The Cubs Way
The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse
Tom Verducci - Mar 28, 2017
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With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions. It took 108 years, but it reall...
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The Boys of Summer
Roger Kahn - May 09, 2006 (first published in 1972)
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This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 19...
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Eric Alper
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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Bill James - Jun 13, 2003 (first published in 1985)
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When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball.” Now, baseball's beloved “Sultan of Stats” (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium.Like the original, The New Bill James Histor...
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An Illustrated History
Geoffrey C. Ward - Sep 21, 2010 (first published in 1994)
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The acclaimed nationwide best seller and companion volume to Ken Burnss grand-slam PBS documentaryupdated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part Tenth Inning that lokos back on the age of steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, and so much more.With a narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward, a preface to the new editio...
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Chris Wesseling
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Five Seasons
A Baseball Companion
Roger Angell - Jan 01, 1972 (first published in 1977)
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Five Seasons covers the baseball seasons from 1972 through 1976, described as the “most significant half decade in the history of the game.” The era was notable for the remarkable individual feats of Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, and Nolan Ryan, among others. It also presented one of the best World Series of all time (1975), including still the greatest W...
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Eric Alper
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A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches
Tyler Kepner - Apr 02, 2019
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From the New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the stars of today The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many differ...
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Adnan Virk
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Mike Lupica - Mar 01, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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The #1 Bestseller!Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat along with aspirations of leading his team all the way to the Little League World Series. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family's escape from Cuba, Michael's only family is his...
The MVP Machine by Ben Lindbergh
Veeck As In Wreck by Bill Veeck
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
The Summer Game by Roger Angell
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? by Jimmy Breslin
The Wax Pack by Brad Balukjian
A Fan's Guide to Baseball Analytics by Anthony Castrovince
The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told by Jeff Silverman
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh
Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
The Game by Jon Pessah
Billy Martin by Bill Pennington
A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne
Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
Clemente by David Maraniss
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Contract by Derek Jeter
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin
Molina by Bengie Molina
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
Ahead of the Curve by Brian Kenny
24 by Willie Mays
Yogi by Jon Pessah
Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard
Babe by Robert Creamer
Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares
American Past Time by Len Joy
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Baseball by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Bouton by Mitchell Nathanson
Final Season by Tom Stanton
The Shift by Russell A. Carleton
The Kid from Diamond Street by Audrey Vernick
Mo'ne Davis by Mo'Ne Davis
Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars by Bob Motley
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang
There Goes Ted Williams by Matt Tavares
Big Sexy by Bartolo Colon
Henry Aaron's Dream by Matt Tavares
The Cup of Coffee Club by Jacob Kornhauser
The Baseball Thesaurus by Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
A False Spring by Pat Jordan
The All-American Girls After the AAGPBL by Kat D. Williams
Yom Kippur Shortstop by David A. Adler
Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy
Nobody's Perfect by Armando Galarraga
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
Anybody's Game by Heather Lang
Ballpark by Paul Goldberger
Big Data Baseball by Travis Sawchik
Jackie & Me by Dan Gutman
Future Value by Eric Longenhagen
Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein
Satchel by Larry Tye
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi
Satch & Me by Dan Gutman
I Was Right On Time by Buck O'Neil
Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry
Ballparks by Eric Enders
Full Count by David Cone
Baseball Biographies for Kids by Dean Burrell
Why Time Begins on Opening Day by Thomas Boswell
The Story of Baseball by The Editors of Sports Illustrated
After the Miracle by Art Shamsky
They Said It Couldn't Be Done by Wayne Coffey
Full Count by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Let's Play Two by Ron Rapoport
9 Innings of Hitting by Troy Silva
Making My Pitch by Ila Jane Borders
The Cloudbuster Nine by Anne R. Keene
Ten Innings at Wrigley by Kevin Cook
Here's the Catch by Ron Swoboda
Baseball's Biggest Bloopers by Dan Gutman
Baseball's Greatest Games by Dan Gutman
My Baseball Book by Gail Gibbons
Coming Home by Nanette Mellage
World Series Classics by Dan Gutman
Baseball Now! by Dan Bortolotti
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Collection by James Buckley
Baseball Card Adventures 12-Book Box Set by Dan Gutman