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Best Baseball Books

Recommendations from 25 articles, Ben Shapiro, Peter King, Ev Williams and 14 others.
Best Baseball Books
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Moneyball
The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Michael Lewis - 2004-03-17 (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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Ball Four
The Final Pitch
Jim Bouton - 2014-04-01 (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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The Boys of Summer
Roger Kahn - 2006-05-09 (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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Summer of '49
David Halberstam - 2006-05-09 (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 - 2010-04-06 (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 New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Bill James - 2003-06-13 (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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K
A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches
Tyler Kepner - 2019-04-02
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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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Heat
Mike Lupica - 2007-03-01 (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...
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The MVP Machine
How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players
Ben Lindbergh - 2019-06-04
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Move over, Moneyball -- a cutting-edge look at major league baseball's next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players. As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in The MVP Machine, the Moneyball era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics' groundbreaking team-building strategies to...
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The Wax Pack
On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife
Brad Balukjian - 2020-04-01
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Is there life after baseball? Starting from this simple question, The Wax Pack ends up with something much bigger and unexpected—a meditation on the loss of innocence and the gift of impermanence, for both Brad Balukjian and the former ballplayers he tracked down. To get a truly random sample of players, Balukjian followed this wildly absurd but fu...
A Fan's Guide to Baseball Analytics by Anthony Castrovince
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl
The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told by Jeff Silverman
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? by Jimmy Breslin
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh
We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne
The Contract by Derek Jeter
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
Ahead of the Curve by Brian Kenny
24 by Willie Mays
Yogi by Jon Pessah
Babe by Robert Creamer
Baseball by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Bouton by Mitchell Nathanson
The Shift by Russell A. Carleton
Big Sexy by Bartolo Colon
The Cup of Coffee Club by Jacob Kornhauser
The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams
The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Big Data Baseball by Travis Sawchik
Jackie & Me by Dan Gutman
Future Value by Eric Longenhagen
The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Ballparks by Eric Enders
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow
How Baseball Happened by Thomas W. Gilbert