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    Your favorite baseball books?

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    It's been over 40 years, so maybe I was just a naive teen, but I loved "Maybe I'll Pitch Forever" by Satchel Paige. Haven't read it since, and it may truly suck, but perfect for a teen in love with the game of baseball.

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Bill James historical abstract. (If you aren't a numbers guy, don't scoff. His writing is excellent and his ability to talk about how he thinks is fantastic.)
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    This is a common thread that come sup every 2 years or so I'm going to copy my last one form 4/2014 and add a little

    I collect them, have about 240 or so.

    Currently my faves are

    Bill James Historical Abstract
    Diamonds in the Rough
    Creating the National Pastime
    Past Time
    The Cincinnati Reds - (Lee Allen)
    Any Abstract by James
    Lords of the Realm
    Thinking Mans Guide to Baseball
    Men at Work
    James / Neyer Guide to Pitchers
    Forging Genius The Casey Stengel Story
    Five Seasons - Roger Angell
    Pursuit of Pennant
    No Cheering in the Pressbox
    A Game of Inches
    Ball Four
    The Long Season
    The pitchers game
    My Life in Baseball - Fred Leib
    McGraw
    Nine Innings

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Strike Three by Clair Bee.

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    The Southpaw by Mark Harris
    Bang The Drum Slowly by Mark Harris (Sequel to The Southpaw)
    Where's Harry by Steve Stone - Nothing but Harry Carrey stories. Great read.
    The Main Spark by Sparky Anderson and Si Burick - Best book on the BRM, in my opinion.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I read very little but enjoyed the Pete Rose book

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    The Natural

    Any of David Halberstram's three baseball books

    Ring Lardner's stuff.

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I have always been a fan of of Roger Angell's writing. If you are a fan of 70s baseball, including the 75 series, Five Seasons is excellent. The book Game Time is kind of greatest hits collection of his New Yorker articles. I've always been a fan of short stories as they are easy to read while traveling or only having the time to read 3 hours a week.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?



    I also liked Donald Honig's approved sequels, although I haven't read them since they first came out.

    Jane Leavy's Koufax was good, too.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Pennant Race by Jim Brosnan. I read it at Myrtle Beach in 2014 and re-read it again this year in June while there. Shocking, interesting and the perfect summer reading. If you were around in 1961, you might get some insight into your favorite players.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I have quite a few actually. Its hard to pinpoint just one.

    Ball Four
    Boys of Summer
    Any book by Roger Angell
    David Halberstam's baseball books
    Lee Allens history of the Reds
    Lost Summer The story of the 67 Red Sox
    Glory of their Times
    Sparky and Me

    There's lots of others but those are some of the best I have read.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I'd add Pat Jordan's A False Spring. Kevin Kerrane's Dollar Sign On The Muscle, and Prophet of the Sandlots by Mark Winegarden (sp?).

    The Chip Hilton books by Clair Bee are written for young readers, but I don't care- they're a lot of fun.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I have quite a few books but let me name a few other good ones.

    "Luckiest Man" about Lou Gehrig

    "Crash, The Life and Times of Dick Allen"

    Any day now " A Terrible Beauty" an inside story about the real Ty Cobb will be on my doorstep and the Leavy book on Koufax is on deck. Both the Cobb and Koufax book have great reviews.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    ^ I forgot Luckiest Man. That is one of the best biographies of anyone, not just sports, I have read. Very well researched and thorough.

    I read the Jane Leavy book on Koufax when it first came out. I didn't really think it was that great. I didn't think it was in depth enough. IIRC, Koufax didn't help any with this which may have hindered it some.
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