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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    I'm shocked RHM hasn't mentioned Funnyball....

    I read some other books besides baseball. I enjoy books about football too :
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Scout's Honor by Bill Shanks is an excellent baseball book. I highly recommend it. It also has a lot of stories in there about the Reds.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    There are a number of reasonably priced copies of Dollar Sign on the Muscle if you search at Bookfinder.com. I just got one for $15.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by BelisleFan
    Scout's Honor by Bill Shanks is an excellent baseball book. I highly recommend it. It also has a lot of stories in there about the Reds.
    Gee, I wonder why you'd say that? :
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    (If you can wait), you can borrow it when you come to Boston. Just mail it back to me when you're done with it, if you don't finish it here.

    It's a paperback with a gazillion paperclips in it, so it's kinda beat up. M2 had it for about a year, but he actually took better care of it than I did.
    I was afraid that if I sneezed on it, it would explode.
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    I was afraid that if I sneezed on it, it would explode.
    RFS is going to loan his, I don't want to chance that one.
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    If my home were burning down, the first book I'd save would be my Bill James New Historical Abstract, although it's now held together by duct tape.

    Others I haven't heard mentioned here:

    Prophet of the Sandlots, by Mark Winegardner- It's about the life and career of scout Tony Lucadello, who signed more big leaguers than anyone (including two Hall of Famers), but it's also about a lot of deeper stuff. I can't express adequately how much I like this book.

    A False Spring, by Pat Jordan- Jordan had a big-time fastball and a lot of emotional baggage; reading this book you watch him self-destruct before your eyes, then come to terms with his failure.

    The Luckiest Man, By Jonathan Eig- A very good new biography of Lou Gehrig; even though you know how it's going to end, it still gets to you when it happens.

    The Greatest Slump of All Time, by David Carkeet- It's fiction, and it might be hard to find, but I included it because the first three titles I mentioned are a wee bit depressing, and Carkeet's book is Just Plain Fun.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    ....And I forgot Veeck As In Wreck, and Lee Allen's The Hot Stove League, and anything by Roger Angell, and Durocher's Nice Guys Finish Last.

    And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy Clair Bee's "Chip Hilton" series. In fact, reading them will make you a kid again...

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz
    and anything by Roger Angell, [/U].
    I was waiting for someone to mention Game Time.

    If you can get your hands on the Cincinnati Reds book by Lee Allen, it's a wonderful, wonderful read. Written in 1948, it has two great benefits to it: a) that's almost 60 years cut off of the baseball we know, so it's full of detail about many aspects of the Reds that have since slipped into oblivion in the shadow of the Big Red Machine and all of that, and b) it has that great, unembarrassed, old flowery style to it.

    There are also similar books by Warren Brown on both the Cubs (which has been republished) and the White Sox. They're all full of totally random stories I assume these were part of a series, but I've never been able to find any other teams.

    None of these particularly follow Moneyball in any sort of logical way, but they're great baseball books.
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    If you can get your hands on the Cincinnati Reds book by Lee Allen, it's a wonderful, wonderful read. Written in 1948, it has two great benefits to it: a) that's almost 60 years cut off of the baseball we know, so it's full of detail about many aspects of the Reds that have since slipped into oblivion in the shadow of the Big Red Machine and all of that, and b) it has that great, unembarrassed, old flowery style to it.
    That's a gem, hard to find too.

    Also by Allen, The history of the National League and the History of the American League and of course the Hot Stove League.

    Also a good find if you come across are the other Putman Team and League Bios from the late 40's.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    If we are talking fiction, Shoeless Joe (the book they based on Field of Dreams).

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz
    And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy Clair Bee's "Chip Hilton" series. In fact, reading them will make you a kid again...


    Man, I loved that series when I was a kid. Clair Bee, great West Virginian.

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