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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I ended running across this article in the Huffington Post. I'm not a huge fan of the H-P, but I thought this was a good list. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-...b_7010450.html

    I was not aware of a lot of the books on this list. For one, I did not know David Mariness had written a book on Clemente.His book on Lombardi was excellent.

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric from NC View Post
    I ended running across this article in the Huffington Post. I'm not a huge fan of the H-P, but I thought this was a good list. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-...b_7010450.html

    I was not aware of a lot of the books on this list. For one, I did not know David Mariness had written a book on Clemente.His book on Lombardi was excellent.
    His book on Clemente is excellent. Very detailed. Especially the events surrounding his death.
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    The Ken Burns Baseball book (companion to the PBS series) is pretty spectacular. I've read it twice.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Years and years ago a very old friend of mine gave me a ton of books before moving out of state. been sitting in a box in my garage for almost 20 years. This thread made me go look through them and I'm starting Blackball Stars by John Holway tonight.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric from NC View Post
    I ended running across this article in the Huffington Post. I'm not a huge fan of the H-P, but I thought this was a good list. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-...b_7010450.html

    I was not aware of a lot of the books on this list. For one, I did not know David Mariness had written a book on Clemente.His book on Lombardi was excellent.
    I noticed Honig's "Baseball When the Grass Was Real" was on the list. I want to go back and read this and "Baseball Between the Lines" again. I seem to remember these were kind of official sequels to "The Glory of Their Times" and I read them all around the same time, so its difficult for me to separate the three in my mind.

    I read a ton of baseball books in the seventies, many about baseball in the fifties, and wish I could remember what they were. Another book on that list that I remember reading was "Fear Strikes Out", although I never saw the movie.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Any of former MLB Umpire Ron Luciano's books are great reads.
    Summer of '49 was fantastic.
    Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George Will where he interviews LaRussa, Hershiser, Gwynn, and Ripken.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    OK, this will sound strange ... but A River Runs Through It (Norman Maclean), has the "feel" of a good Baseball book (or maybe a good Baseball game?). Something about its pacing, kind of like the better scenes in A Field of Dreams ... or I could just be nuts.

    It is a little strange to think of it a book in that way, but if your interested give it a shot. Its a short read.

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    I just posted this on the Intangiball thread, but I see Lonnie Wheeler's latest book, "Pitch by Pitch" about Bob Gibson's immortal 1968 game against the Tigers just came out today.

    Frankly, I'd recommend any of his baseball books as great reads. I still say that his book "Bleachers: A Summer in Wrigley Field" is one of the best baseball books I've ever read (I have a quote from it in my sig). The autobiographies he's written have been all fascinating, as was the book he did with Gibson and Reggie Jackson.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    BTW, here are the links to some of the earlier discussions on this matter

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...Baseball-Books

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...about-the-Reds

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...-favorite-book (this list is books in general, but there are baseball ones mentioned)

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...n-Reading-List
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    redsmetz, Lonnie should give you some money for plugging his stuff so much.
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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    "If I Never Get Back" by Darryl Brock

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Summer of 49 by David Halberstam is a great book
    The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle I read a long time ago but that is really good book that follows the craziness of the 78 Yankees day by day through the season
    The Bullpen Gospels by Dick Hayhurst

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    One that hasn't been mentioned is But Didn't We Have Fun? An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era by Peter Morris. In fact I'd recommend just about anything by Morris, especially A Game of Inches.

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Quote Originally Posted by reds1869 View Post
    One that hasn't been mentioned is But Didn't We Have Fun? An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era by Peter Morris. In fact I'd recommend just about anything by Morris, especially A Game of Inches.
    Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero is also great

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    Re: Your favorite baseball books?

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    The Chip Hilton books by Clair Bee are written for young readers, but I don't care- they're a lot of fun.
    I have the complete set. I had most of them from my younger days, and completed it a few years back on Ebay.


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