Archive | Baseball books

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Ball Four by Jim Bouton

Ball Four by Jim Bouton (Wiley, 1990), 472 pages. In recent times, Michael Lewis’s Moneyball prompted a sizeable backlash from the baseball establishment, yet that reaction was nothing compared to the shock, horror, anger and bitterness that raged upon the publication of Ball Four in 1970. Jim Bouton was an outspoken relief pitcher who decided to […]

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Baseball Prospectus 2008

Baseball Prospectus 2008 ed. by Stephen Goldman and Christina Kahrl (Plume, 2008), 605 pages. As each new season approaches, a hoard of preview magazines and books are published, all competing to attract your cash. Among all the contenders, the Baseball Prospectus guide stands out as the leader in the field. Now in its thirteenth year, […]

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The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter, (Perennial, 2002), 360 pages. The Glory of Their Times is the quintessential introduction to the “early days of baseball”. The death of Ty Cobb in 1961 prompted Lawrence S. Ritter to reach the startling conclusion that years of baseball history were slowly vanishing. With few written […]

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Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump

Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump (Algonquin, 1996), 436 pages. Many biographies tend to fall into one of two categories: sensationalist rubbish of little substance, or stale re-treads of stories that everyone has heard a thousand times before. This biography breaks the mould largely thanks to the subject himself. Ty Cobb was an astonishingly talented […]

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The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, (Harper Perennial Modern Classic, 2006), 474 pages. The Brooklyn Dodgers of the early Fifties deserve a place in the annals of baseball history. Roger Kahn’s much-loved book has ensured that this is the case. The games, the players, and the struggles against racial prejudice will always be vividly […]

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Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing, ed. Rob Fleder

Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing, edited by Rob Fleder, (Sports Illustrated Books, 2007), 557 pages. From its first edition in August 1954, Sports Illustrated has been a weekly feature of many American sports fans’ lives.  To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its conception, Sports Illustrated published this collection of fifty-two articles, ranging from January 1956 […]

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The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson

The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson (Harvest, 1999), 579 pages Anyone unfamiliar with baseball has to face a steep learning curve during their early forays into the sport. Whether watching or reading about a game, it soon becomes apparent that baseball has its own language; a lexicon containing dingers, sacrifice flies and RBIs. […]

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til it’s Over by Baseball Prospectus

“It Ain’t Over ’til it’s Over: The Baseball Prospectus Pennant Race Book” edited by Steven Goldman (Basic Books, 2007), 457 pages. Baseball Prospectus are at the forefront of sabermetrics: the discipline of statistical research into baseball. With their revolutionary statistics and forthright views, it’s fair to say they are loved and loathed in equal measure […]

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