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The Tuesday Discussion: Baseball Books

January 30, 2024

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Spring Training is coming soon. We asked our writers to respond to the following:


We only have a few more weeks until Spring Training.  Please list a few (no more than five) of your favorite baseball books of all-time to help everyone pass the last remaining weeks until it starts.


Here are their responses:

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Paul Semendinger - There are so many great baseball books. So so so many. Here are five lesser-known books that I loved reading (not in rank order) and are books that usually don't make lists like this:


  1. A False Spring by Pat Jordon

  2. Foul Ball by Jim Bouton

  3. Good Enough To Dream by Roger Kahn

  4. Just Tell Me I Can't by Jamie Moyer and Larry Platt

  5. Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry


(I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop here because of the self-imposed rule of limitiing the list to five books.)

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Tamar Chalker -


Non-Fiction - The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posnanski


Fiction - The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach


New Book I’m About to Read: The Wingmen: The Unlikely, Unusual, Unbreakable Friendship Between John Glenn and Ted Williams by Adam Lazarus 

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Cary Greene:


Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig

October 1964 by David Halberstam

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Mike Whiteman:

Some recent reads of mine:


Our Team by Luke Epplin about the 1948 Cleveland Indians, one of the most interesting teams of all time. 

Split Season by Jeff Katz about the 1981 strike season. 

Stengel: His Life and Times by Robert Creamer about Casey Stengel, one of the most fascinating players in baseball history. 

The Least Among Them by our fearless leader Paul Semendinger. It really is a great book. 

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Derek McAdam -

Michael Lewis’ Moneyball is, by far, my favorite baseball book. Although I don’t necessarily agree with Billy Beane’s entire approach, it is a fantastic read. Plus, the 2011 movie of the same title is a good watch. 

Tom Verducci’s The Cubs Way is also another solid read that I would highly recommend. 

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Tim Kabel -

Three of my favorite baseball books are:

Driving Mr. Yogi- by Harvey Araton

Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain- by Marty Appel

62- by Bryan Hoch





27 Comments


Len
Len
Jan 31

Anything by Joe Poznansky

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popsmcp
popsmcp
Jan 30

My All time favorite…Seasons Past by Damon Rice, a fictional family and the history of New York baseball. Also…The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter, The Summer Game by Roger Angell, Big Fella by Jane Leavy and Driving Mr. Yogi by Harvey Araton

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jan 30

The Unforgettable Season by G.H. Ritter. I plug this every time Paul does one of these lists. It covers the 1908 National League season, which culminated in "Merkle's Boner," as it was known in that innocent time. What makes it extraordinary is that it's all real newspaper clippings from New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and other newspapers, so the reader really lives the season through the eyes of contemporary journalists (and their jarring prejudices and bigotries, at times). I still have the copy I got in high school, and I'm thinking I should re-read it again now!

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Mike Whiteman
Jan 31
Replying to

I've read that book as well Prof and really enjoy it.

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Andy Polizzi
Andy Polizzi
Jan 30

Shoeless Joe

The Iowa Baseball Confederacy

A couple of good baseball fantasies by W. P. Kinsella

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Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
Jan 30

Oops, forgot the incomparable Selma Diamond as the switchboard operator in the team's Florida spring training hotel...

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