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Best Baseball Books?

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Moneyball was recently mentioned in another thread, & that made me wonder if anyone had a few recommendations regarding baseball books. There are tons of books on the subject, so which ones have you truly enjoyed due to pure entertainment value &/or insights into the sport?

I'll kick it off by saying I somewhat recently read & loved Birth of a Dynasty, by Joel Sherman, about the 1996 Yankees. Those were the days ...

Oh, & I'm going to reread Game of Shadows ... lol!

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"If I Had A Hammer" by Hank Aaron

Read it when I was a kid and it's still one of my favorite books of all time.

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Summer of 49 and October of 64 by David Halberstam (RIP) (I will reread both someday)

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter

I Had a Hammer by Hank Aaron

Numbers Game by Alan Schwarz

Baseball: The Golden Age by Harold Seymour

Men at Work by George Will

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Nice.

I haven't ready this one yet, but I want to. It's about the obsession of people who play fantasy baseball, LOL! It's called Fantasyland, by Sam Walker.

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Slouching Towards Fargo by Neal Karlen is a great read.

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Ball Four by Jim Bouton

Feeding the Green Monser by Rob Neyer was ok

Teammates by David Halberstram

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Ball Four by Jim Bouton

quoted for truth. fantastic book.

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Two other excellent books are

Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella (book for the Field of Dreams movie)

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Summer Game by Roger Angell

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Another good one that is a light read is the fiction novel Screwballs by Jay Cronley (same guy who wrote Funny Farm). It's a basic "Major League" concept, only better.

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Allow me to be Yankee-centric & suggest:

Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son, by Tony Castro

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life, by Richard Ben Cramer

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Life Lessons from Little League, by Vince Fortanesce (sp?)...it's out of print, but one of the best "how to" coaching books, especially for Dads who are SURE junior is going to be a major leaguer...

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Fantasyland was enjoyable, anyone who plays fantasy sports would enjoy it. Juiced, now that so much of it is coming out as true, should be picked up. Money Ball, of course. I've heard The Baseball Economist is good.

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This one just came out & I haven't read it yet. I want to though when it comes out in paperback.

Opening Day:The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, by Jonathan Eig.

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Two other excellent books are

Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella (book for the Field of Dreams movie)

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Summer Game by Roger Angell

You beat me to it. My list starts and ends with "The Boys of Summer". I came of age long after the glory days when New York City was the "Capital of Baseball", but the book still had me mesmerized when I first read it as a kid.

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I've been inspired by some Yankee payroll bashing posts to read this selection, lol!

The Worst Team Money Could Buy: The Collapse of the New York Mets, by Bob Klapisch.

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I have read Summer of '49, October 1964, Moneyball, Game of Shadows, Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups, Now I Can Die in Peace (by Bill Simmons), and part of The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, and I enjoyed them all, although GoS reads more like an attorney's brief than anything else.

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some of my favs:

Worst Team (as mentioned before)

Damned Yankees, Bill Madden & Mos Klein

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, Buster Olney

The Catcher Was a Spy, Nicholas Dawidoff

Temporary Insanity and Over the Edge, both by Jay Johnstone

The Bronx Zoo, Sparky Lyle

The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubblegum Book, Brendan C. & Fred C. Harris

Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?, Bill James

all should be available on Amazon, and all worth the investment!

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Juiced

Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big

by Jose Canseco (Author)

Hardcover w/dustjacket: 290 pages

Publisher: Regan Books (2005)

Good inside from a complete idiot.

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Juiced

Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big

by Jose Canseco (Author)

Hardcover w/dustjacket: 290 pages

Publisher: Regan Books (2005)

Good inside from a complete idiot.

Agreed. If you can get past his ego and his advocacy on the benefits of steroids, it's actually a pretty decent read.

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I'm almost done with "The Cheater's Guide to Baseball" by Zumsteg. More historical than I thought it would be, but a good read. Most interesting is seeing where weird rules came from.

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i can't believe i almost forgot......Seasons in Hell, by Mike Shropshire.....

the incredibly funny story of the 73-75 Texas Rangers. you get the David Clyde story and a chapter in the life of Billy Martin included.

you can't go wrong.....

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I'm almost done with "The Cheater's Guide to Baseball" by Zumsteg. More historical than I thought it would be, but a good read. Most interesting is seeing where weird rules came from.

I believe I just heard the author interviewed on the radio yesterday. Not sure as I was still waking up, lol! I haven't read this one yet, but I really want to now!

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I'm almost done with "The Cheater's Guide to Baseball" by Zumsteg. More historical than I thought it would be, but a good read. Most interesting is seeing where weird rules came from.

i was in Barnes & Noble on Saturday, saw it, and didn't think to pick it up.....i will next time!

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i heard Mike Lupica's new book is a good one. #2 on the new yorks best sellers list

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