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Greenberg authentically chronicles the real-life saga of the first national baseball hero, Christy Mathewson, and the fictional story of a Jewish immigrant family of jewelers. Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. If you've never heard of them—or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history—it's because of the Communist plot, and the capitalist scandal, that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory. In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

On New Year's Eve , following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in Clemente: Much like his acclaimed biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail to capture the myth and a real man.

Anyone who saw Clemente, as he played with a beautiful fury, will never forget him. He was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he won four batting titles and led his team to championships in and , getting a hit in all fourteen World Series games in which he played. His career ended with three-thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming in his final at-bat, and he and the immortal Lou Gehrig are the only players to have the five-year waiting period waived so they could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame immediately after their deaths.

There is delightful baseball here, including thrilling accounts of the two World Series victories of Clemente's underdog Pittsburgh Pirates, but this is far more than just another baseball book. Roberto Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes. Born near the canebrakes of rural Carolina, Puerto Rico, on August 18, , at a time when there were no blacks or Puerto Ricans playing organized ball in the United States, Clemente went on to become the greatest Latino player in the major leagues.

He was, in a sense, the Jackie Robinson of the Spanish-speaking world, a ballplayer of determination, grace, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations and who now dominate the game. The Clemente that Maraniss evokes was an idiosyncratic character who, unlike so many modern athletes, insisted that his responsibilities extended beyond the playing field.

In his final years, his motto was that if you have a chance to help others and fail to do so, you are wasting your time on this earth. Here, in the final chapters, after capturing Clemente's life and times, Maraniss retraces his final days, from the earthquake to the accident, using newly uncovered documents to reveal the corruption and negligence that led the unwitting hero on a mission of mercy toward his untimely death as an uninspected, overloaded plane plunged into the sea.

Seymour, and Dorothy Jane Mills. Focusing on the years to , Dr. Seymour discusses the emergence of the two major leagues and the World Series, the bitter trade struggles and pennant rivalries, and such legendary figures as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Few teams experienced more greatness or more heartbreak, which makes the book worthwhile for an audience wider than just New Yorkers or just National League fans. In Bums , bestselling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

Among his many books are Dynasty , the definitive history of the New York Yankees also available from Contemporary Books ; Wild, High, and Tight , his revealing biography of Yankees manager Billy Martin; and Wrigleyville , an oral history of the Chicago Cubs. He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Season Ticket by Roger Angell. In this chronicle of seasons from to , the incomparable Angell The Summer Game, Five Seasons and Late Innings combines 19 of his New Yorker articles to tell about several principal events and developments in recent baseball history.

Here is superlative clubhouse, field, dugout and even spring-training reportage that not only describes the stars of our time Boggs, Brett, Gooden, Hernandez, Mattingly, Rose, Seaver and Valenzuela among thembut also examines in detail based on extensive conversations with the leading practitioners the intricacies of catching, infield play and pitching, the problems of running a club and the mysteries of managing, and the appeal of baseball's hall of fame in Cooperstown, N.

Here too are vivid accounts of the rise and fall of the Cubs, the decline of Buck Weaver and his Orioles, the sudden ascent of Sparky Anderson's Tigers, and the amazing play-offs that led to the fantastic Mets-Red Sox world series. The following winter, the Yankees - who changed the face of baseball in those early years of free agency - went out and acquired Pittsburgh closer Goose Gossage, relegating Lyle to an observer's role for the season.

As it turned out, Lyle proved to be a more astute observer than anyone could have predicted. And, as luck would have it, the Yankee's season turned out to be as sensational, controversial, and colorful a season as there have ever been - a real zoo, in fact. The Bronx Zoo is Lyle's best-selling, highly acclaimed collaboration with author Peter Golenbock that, when originally released in , was favorably compared to Jim Bouton's groundbreaking Ball Four as a hilarious - but scathing - baseball tell-all.

Lyle had an insider's view like no other in a season for the ages, and the Yankees remain the biggest sideshow the game of baseball has ever seen. Prophet of the Sandlots: From to , the late Tony Lucadello was a baseball scout. Working first for the Chicago Cubs and then for the Philadelphia Phillies, he signed up 50 players who went on to the major leagues, including such stars as Ferguson Jenkins and Mike Schmidt. Winegardner, who accompanied Lucadello during his last year on the job, depicts an uncommonly generous man who sat through hundreds of college, high school and sandlot games, ever on the lookout for young men with the "right stuff" to take them to the top--and always willing to help them.

In illuminating Lucadello's life, which ended in suicide, Winegardner Elvis Presley Boulevard evokes the spirit of baseball. Dickson's dictionary does far more than define the terms and phrases of the game; many of his definitions provide etymological descriptions and contending theories, context notes, external uses of the term, and its "earliest" appearance. Patrick Ercolano's Fungoes, Floaters, and Forkballs Prentice Hall, , an effective glossary, provides basic terms, but doesn't approach Dickson's detailed descriptions and depth of coverage: A wide-ranging bibliography books and articles on baseball terminology , and baseball and language in general , guides users to more in-depth exploration.

Although as current as the season's "balkamania," future editions to this excellent collection are planned. This work will be accessible to the young fan just discovering the game, as well as to scholars of the game and our versatile and ever-expanding language. Shut Out by Howard Bryant. To simply call it a baseball book is to do it a disservice, in that people interested in American history, race relations in America, and simply human nature might not read it, which would be their loss.

He was The Kid. One of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend — and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? What motivated him to interrupt his Hall of Fame career twice to serve his country as a fighter pilot; to embrace his fans while tangling with the media; to retreat from the limelight whenever possible into his solitary love of fishing; and to become the most famous man ever to have his body cryogenically frozen after his death?

New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville, who wrote the celebrated Sports Illustrated obituary of Ted Williams, now delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life. In , the entire country followed Williams's stunning. At the pinnacle of his prime, Williams left Boston to train and serve as a fighter pilot in World War II, missing three full years of baseball.

But Williams left baseball again in to fight in Korea, where he flew thirty-nine combat missions—crash-landing his flaming, smoke-filled plane, in one famous episode. Ted Williams's personal life was equally colorful.

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His attraction to women and their attraction to him was a constant. He was married and divorced three times and he fathered two daughters and a son. He was one of corporate America's first modern spokesmen, and he remained, nearly into his eighties, a fiercely devoted fisherman. With his son, John Henry Williams, he devoted his final years to the sports memorabilia business, even as illness overtook him.

And in death, controversy and public outcry followed Williams and the disagreements between his children over the decision to have his body preserved for future resuscitation in a cryonics facility--a fate, many argue, Williams never wanted. With unmatched verve and passion, and drawing upon hundreds of interviews, acclaimed best-selling author Leigh Montville brings to life Ted Williams's superb triumphs, lonely tragedies, and intensely colorful personality, in a biography that is fitting of an American hero and legend.

Spanning the complete history of the sport from the fledgling leagues in the late s to the powerhouses of the s and revealing in the process what a remarkable effect baseball has had on our collective experience, this is THE book for any and all baseball fans, certain to grace coffee and bedside tables alike. This new edition covers baseball through the nineties, the decade when home run records fell and the sport reclaimed its hold on America, and celebrates the national game in ultimate style.

The Catcher Was a Spy: Magazine writer Dawidoff Sports Illustrated, New Yorker, New Republic reduces one of baseball's most colorful characters mostly to monochrome. What better subject for a biography than Moe Berg, a man reputed to be the sport's greatest intellectual, who iced the cake by retiring to become an espionage agent in the nation's service? Sadly, Dawidoff has taken a mythic character and exposed him as an eccentric crank whose oversized feet were made almost entirely of clay.

And the author has done so in the worst fashion possible: Dawidoff has accumulated a vast body of information in a remarkable job of research, especially considering that Berg, who died of a heart attack at age 70 in , deliberately cloaked the details of his life in mystery. What Dawidoff has failed to do is distill it into a story calculated to hold a reader's interest. Rather, he presents an almost legalistic mass of evidence to prove that Berg followed up a career as a pseudo intellectual, third string catcher by becoming a mediocre WW II spy, and then spent the last 25 years of his life as an unemployed vagabond, living off his charm and his wit and his vast store of friends.

The only mystery left at the end of the book is whether to feel pity for Berg as a tragic, unfulfilled genius or irritation with him as a boor who gets more attention than he deserved. The reader is left knowing immeasurably more about Moe Berg, and caring immeasurably less. Sowell's book investigates the incident and probes deep into the backgrounds of the players involved and the events that led to baseball's only death at bat. Splendidly researched and vivid as today Baseball's Golden Age by Charles Einstein.

Einstein offers a compelling and complete look at Mays: Playing in the considerable shadow of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig's accomplishments as baseball's "Iron Horse" include a legendary record of 2, consecutive games played. The shy, unassuming Gehrig was every bit as much a hero of the national pastime as the ubiquitous Ruth, but unlike Ruth he has not had many biographers.

Robinson's narrative not only traces Gehrig's life and career but also provides an insightful look at baseball in the s and the Depression years. A Quiet Hero Pure Baseball by Keith Hernandez. An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from a savvy year veteran of the major leagues who remains an ardent fan in retirement.

Hernandez If At First, or his muse came up with an angle that works to near perfection: The former Met first followed a close encounter between Philadelphia and Atlanta from the stands in the City of Brotherly Love. One week later, he turned couch potato to take in the telecast of a Yankee Stadium contest pitting New York against Detroit. As it happened, the Phillies and Bronx Bombers both won; the final scores, however, are almost beside the points Hernandez wants to and does make.

Drawing on pitch-by-pitch recaps and experience gained during a long career, the author a slick fielder and slugger in his day offers an insider's astute observations on the mini-matchups and workaday stratagems that cumulatively can determine outcomes or, if need be, give attentive onlookers something to watch for in the late innings of a laugher.

Boston Herald sports columnist Bryant gives the full history behind the steroids scandal that has slowly but steadily enveloped major-league baseball over the past 10 years, a scandal that now calls into serious question the integrity of many of the records set during that time, if not the integrity of the game itself. Bryant begins with the disastrous strike of , which cut short a memorable season and eliminated that fall's World Series. It was from the ruins of that baseball found salvation in the long ball, whose resurgence came as a result of smaller new ballparks, a reduced strike zone, and a ridiculously lax policy on performance-enhancing anabolic steroids.

For example, offenders could be caught using steroids four times before finally receiving a one-year suspension. If players were the obvious culprits, the scandal, according to Bryant, was really the result of interlocking failures: In presenting this thoughtful, detailed account of what one writer has called "baseball's Watergate," Bryant will bring baseball fans fully up to speed on both the steroids issue and the hoped-for reforms to come.

Seasons in Hell is a riotous, candid, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in the tradition of The Bronx Zoo and Ball Four, following the Texas Rangers from Whitey Herzog's reign in through Billy Martin's tumultuous tenure. Offering wonderful perspectives on dozens of unique and likely never-to-be-seen-again baseball personalities, Seasons in Hell recounts some of the most extreme characters ever to play the game and brings to life the no-holds-barred culture of major league baseball in the mid-seventies. Mike Shropshire is a longtime journalist who has written for numerous newspapers and magazines such as Sports Illustrated and is the author of several books, including When the Tuna Went down to Texas: He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Fred Lieb, the dean of baseball writers, tells about its heroes, rogues, controversies, and grand plays. He broke in as a sportswriter in the Polo Grounds press box in In , in the midst of the Depression, Lieb was fired from the New York Post and began a freelance career writing about his beloved sport. Baseball As I Have Known It , first published in when Lieb was eighty-nine years old, remains a vital record of a glorious bygone era. In superb style, he comments on changes in baseball over the decades and tells inside stories about great events and immortal players.

Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader by Roger Angell. New Yorker editor and seasoned observer of baseball Angell offers a selection of stylish writing about the game and its people, past and present. This is fun reading. However, since much of it is reprinted material, and is available elsewhere, it is primarily for comprehensive sports collections and those without other Angell compilations. From to Today by Bill James. How do you determine excellence in a baseball manager? After citing won-lost records and World Series appearances, fans are reduced to subjective references to motivating players and setting strategy.

Statistical analyst James, famous for the Baseball Abstract , does his best to provide a basis for comparing, say, Walter Alston with Casey Stengel. The book is loosely structured by decade, with James analyzing each era's best, worst, and most influential skippers on the basis of such elaborate criteria as, Does the manager platoon his players or use a set lineup? Does he prefer veterans over young players? Does he like his pitchers to complete their starts or is he a "quick hook"? As always, James' opinions are thought provoking and entertainingly expressed.

It's been too long since his last book-length collection of essays, and this volume's appearance in a spring of renewed interest in the grand old game is perfect timing. Expect significant interest in a fine book. The Craft of Baseball by George F. He credits their success to attention to detail, a necessity in "a game where you have to do more than one thing very well, but one at a time. Altogether, this is hardcore baseball presented in fluent style. Bill James without the Numbers by Bill James. Known for his annual Baseball Abstract, James here puts aside his persona as a sabremetrician read statistician and presents excerpts from that publication and from his articles in Esquire.

The book is divided into five sections, four of which deal with various teams, players and other figures in the sport, mostly managers. The bits and pieces here, some only a sentence or two in length, make fragmented reading. Baseball before We Knew It: David Block looks into the early history of the game and of the year-old debate about its beginnings. He tackles one stubborn misconception after another, debunking the enduring belief that baseball descended from the English game of rounders and revealing a surprising new explanation for the most notorious myth of all—the Abner Doubleday—Cooperstown story.

Among his startling discoveries is a set of long-forgotten baseball rules from the s. The Curse of the Bambino by Dan Shaughnessy. In the wake of that defeat, author and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy has updated his bewitching story of the curse that has lain over the Red Sox since they sold Babe Ruth to the hated Yankees in Lively and filled with anecdotes, this is baseball folklore at its best.

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When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the s, he changed the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before him possessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him to become the first man in history to belt more than forty home runs and swipe more than forty bases in the same season. Canseco shattered the mold of the out-of-shape baseball player and ushered in a new era of super athletes who looked like bodybuilders, made outrageous salaries, and enjoyed rock-star lifestyles. And the ticket for this ride? Behind the gaudy stats and the glamour of his public life, Canseco cultivated a secret just about everyone in MLB knew about, one that would alter the game of baseball and the way we view our heroes forever.

Canseco made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancing drugs that were only just beginning to infiltrate the American underground. Anabolic steroids, human growth hormones -- Canseco mixed, matched, and experimented to such a degree that he became known throughout the league as "The Chemist. Sluggers scooping up pitches at their ankles and blasting them out of the park, pitchers cranking fastballs inning after inning -- Canseco showed the players how to customize their doses to sculpt the bodies they wanted, and baseball as we know it was the result. Today, this issue has crept out of the closet and burst into the headlines as players balloon to Herculean proportions and hundred-year-old records are not only broken, but also demolished.

In this shocking memoir, Canseco sheds light on a life of dizzying highs and debilitating lows, provides the answers to questions about steroids that millions of fans are only now beginning to ask -- and suggests that, far from being a passing trend, the steroid revolution is only a taste of things to come.

According to Canseco's authoritative account, more than you think. And baseball will never be the same. The Duke of Havana: Banned by the Castro government for plotting to defect and shunned by Cuban society, the finest pitcher in Cuba's history fearlessly turned his internal exile into a political crusade.

He ultimately escaped his country in a twenty-four-foot boat and, nine months later, triumphed in the World Series with the New York Yankees. Present throughout his story are the immensely talented Cuban players whose lives reflect the slow death of Cuban socialism. Also present is the Castro-hating Miami-based sports agent Joe Cubas, whose audacious, secret plots have transformed him into a major political figure in the Cuban exile community's relentless war to topple Castro.

These personal stories illuminate the rising political and social tensions in Cuba, the growing status of the Catholic Church in the country's affairs, major league baseball's astonishingly corrupt system for recruiting players, its systematic violation of the U. Reported in the United States and Cuba by two award-winning journalists who became part of the story they were reporting, The Duke of Havana is a riveting story of sports, politics, and greed.

Pitching In A Pinch: One of baseball's more enduring classics and earliest memoirs, Christy Mathewson's primer, first published in , has also become one of the game's foremost anthropologies. Mathewson was one of baseball's first immortals: Pitching in a Pinch passes on Mathewson's substantial knowledge of the game in general, and the intricacies of the mound in particular.

The book's continuing delight and value rests in Mathewson's facility for capturing--from the inside--the game's ethos in the early 20th century, and the generous combination of anecdote and insight with which he shares it. The Kid from Tomkinsville by John R. Shortly before a serious accident ends his dream of pitching, Roy Tucker is called up from a small-town team in Connecticut to help the Brooklyn Dodgers out of a slump.

Shoeless Joe by W. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, 'Field of Dreams. In Kinsella's hands, it's all about as simple, and complex, as the object of baseball itself: Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need.

The Iowa Baseball Confederacy: A Novel by W. On the day he met his true love, a carnival performer named Darling Maudie, Matthew Clarke was literally struck by lightning and magically imbued with the knowledge that in the Chicago Cubs had traveled to Onamata, Iowa, to play a seemingly endless game against an all-star amateur team, the Iowa Baseball Confederacy. He spends the rest of his life trying to prove this fact to the world even writing a dissertation on it but no one else remembers the Confederacy or the game.

When Matthew commits an imaginative suicide by allowing himself to be hit by a stray line drive , his son Gideon, the hero of this tale, inherits his father's obsession. With the help of an old family friend who has a glimmer of memory of the game, Gideon and a friend, Stan, travel back through time to , to witness the event and to learn about the mysterious forces that caused a memory lapse in those who witnessed it. In his first novel since Shoeless Joe, Kinsella returns to the magical turf he created there: Each chapter recounts trends, players, and events during different eras, offers succinct seasonal recaps, and summarizes the highlights of each baseball era.

This is the only book of its kind--an instantly accessible and concise history of baseball by a Hall of Fame sportswriter that spans the divide between statistical encyclopedias and specialized narratives on individual seasons, teams, and players. In this first update since the original edition, David Koppett has taken his late father's copious notes and expanded the book with new sections on interleague play, home run races and records, newly opened ballparks, changes in umpiring, the Commissioner's office, the labor agreement, and summaries for every season since Pitchers, the pitches they throw, and how they throw them -- these days it's the stuff of constant scrutiny, but there's never been anything like a comprehensive source for such information.

Since then, they've been compiling the centerpiece of this book, the "Pitcher Census," which lists specific information for nearly two thousand pitchers, ranging throughout the history of professional baseball. A Day of Light and Shadows: No one has commented more eloquently and openly on destiny's victories over the Sox and their devoted fans through the years than writer and New York radio personality Jonathan Schwartz, who left his heart in Fenway at an early age. Schwartz's stirring and unusually intimate account of the beauty and heartbreak of that resplendent day in '78 appeared in Sports Illustrated in It is now issued, on the 25th anniversary of the game, with a new autobiographical essay in which Schwartz reflects on the Sox, his life, and destiny's various line-ups in the two decades since Dent.

Pride of the Bimbos: A Novel by John Sayles. The Pride of the Bimbos is John Sayles's outrageous, poignant and hilarious first novel, about a circus sideshow softball team—The Brooklyn Bimbos—who play in drag at scraggly small towns across the South. The heart of the team—and the novel—is a midget and former private eye named Pogo Burns, who is pursued by Dred, an evil super-pimp whom Pogo had earlier shot in order to rescue a woman he loved.

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The Pride of the Bimbos is about Pogo's rise, fall and eventual immortality, a man who refuses to admit he's a freak. We Are the Ship: The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field.

It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences.

But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings--breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game. I Remember Ted Williams: Although missing nearly five full seasons due to military service and two major injuries, Williams still managed to hit home runs to go with his six batting titles, two Triple Crowns, two Most Valuable Player awards, eighteen All-Star selections, and a.

In I Remember Ted Williams, the legendary Red Sox outfielder is remembered through dozens of anecdotes, stories, and insights offered in their own words by former teammates as well as friends, associates, media, baseball officials, and fishing buddies. Together these contributors offer a unique and unforgettable reminiscence of one of the greatest and most enigmatic performers in baseball history.

This Little League coach's account of his woes, travails and soul storms in the course of one season is side-splitting. He describes the draft system for securing players and a shrewd angle-worker who rigged the system.

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He analyzes the four major types of coaches: He writes of the games, with pitchers flinging balls three feet over the batters' heads, outfielders aiming for third base but throwing to first and a few tyros who are actually good. For anyone in need of a good laugh. The Life You Imagine: His skills on the field are stellar, and he's already been compared to some of baseball's most legendary players.

Teammates and fans respect and adore him. In this affable volume, Jeter, who says he hopes he can set a good example for young people, shares some of his personal history as he outlines the 10 principles that led to his success. Jeter's life was not always idyllic: Yet Jeter clearly found a bulwark of affection in his parents, who set high standards for him and refused to let him stint on his academic work even as they wholeheartedly supported his athletic pursuits. In fact, Jeter and his sister had to sign contracts spelling out the daily chores and other work they were expected to do.

Among the lessons his parents helped Jeter learn: For example, in the chapter "Have a Strong Supporting Cast," Jeter discusses the importance of selecting friends who encourage your ambitions and provide frank criticism of your mistakes; he offers many anecdotes of his own friends, including manager Joe Torre and his high school sweetheart, Marisa Novara. Jeter and Curry, a sports reporter for the New York Times, clearly assume the audience for this book will be teenagers who are looking to emulate Jeter's success.

In fact, Jeter's story and his genuine concern with "being the best" and "doing the right thing" should motivate readers of all ages. Bang the Drum Slowly was chosen as one of the top one hundred sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated and appears on numerous other lists of best baseball fiction. In the introduction to this new Bison Books edition Mark Harris discusses the making of the classic film starring Robert DeNiro, based on his screen adaptation of the book.

At the time of Hank Aaron's birth in , Babe Ruth reigned as baseball's home run king, and the Negro Leagues were an African American's only hope of playing professional baseball. Latent hopes for a different future thrived on Carver Park in Alabama, however, where a young Hank Aaron was soon to be seen perfecting the powerful stroke that would later make him one of the greatest hitters and most revered players in the history of the game. The owner of over 3, career base hits, the winner of two batting titles and one world championship, and the all time RBI leader and home run king, Hank Aaron began his historic career integrating the South Atlantic League, and spent much of his professional tenure as a member of the only major league team in the South.

Despite the animosity that thus surrounded him both at home and on the road, Aaron never ceased to excel, and even achieved his most enduring feat-breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record-under threats to his own life. This enlightening biography provides a stunning portrait of one of the great hitters and great men of major league baseball history. It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in professional sports. Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters presents biographies on Greenwood's selection for the 12 best hitters in Major League history, written by some of today's best baseball authors.

These books present straightforward stories in accessible language for the high school researcher and the general reader alike. Each volume includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. In addition, each volume includes a "Making of a Legend" chapter that analyses the evolution of the player's fame and in some cases infamy. Barry Bonds has emerged, statistically, as the most feared hitter since Babe Ruth. Bonds, winner of a record six MVP awards, holds the single-season record for home-runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and walks, and is the only player ever to have hit home-runs and stolen bases.

His statistical performance is beyond reproach, but his public image remains controversial, and recent allegations of steroid use have cast a shadow over his unprecedented accomplishments. This timely book strips away the hype and takes an objective look and Bonds' life and career. It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in professional sports. My Turn at Bat: Now available for the first time in years, My Turn at Bat is Ted Williams' own story of his spectacular life and baseball career.

An acclaimed best-seller, My Turn at Bat now features new photographs and, for the first time, Ted's reflections on his managing career and the state of baseball as it is played in the s. It's all here in this brilliant, honest and sometimes angry autobiography -- Williams' childhood days in San Diego, his military service, his unforgettable major league baseball debut and ensuing Hall of Fame career that included two Triple Crowns, two Most Valuable Player awards, six batting championships, five Sporting News awards as Major League Player of the Year, lifetime homeruns and a.

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And Williams tells his side of the controversies, from his battles with sportswriters and Boston fans to his single World Series performance and his career with the declining Red Sox of the s. My Turn at Bat belongs in the library of everyone who loves Ted Williams, baseball, or great life stories well-told. Red Barber proclaimed My Turn at Bat to be: A hilarious, informative, and riveting account of Japanese baseball and the cultural clashes that ensued when Americans began playing there professionally.

In Japan, baseball is a way of life. It is a philosophy. Its most important element is wa —group harmony—embodied in the proverb "The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down. With vivid accounts of East meeting West, involving Babe Ruth, Ichiro Suzuki, Bobby Valentine, Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, and many others, this lively and completely unique book is an utter gem and baseball classic. Something to Write Home About: Something to Write Home About is a riveting collection of personal baseball memories told in handwritten letters to author and pop songwriter Seth Swirsky by the likes of President George W.

Jump inside this wonderfully original book and read these incredible stories, written by the people who were there as they happened. During the baseball strike of , Seth Swirsky stayed in touch with the game by writing letters to baseball players young and old—the famous and the not-so-famous. Those letters were turned into his first two bestselling books, Baseball Letters and Every Pitcher Tells a Story Visually stunning, historically compelling, and just plain fun, Something to Write Home About invites readers to come in, pull up a chair, and spend some time reading these amazing and revealing recollections about baseball and life.

In the spring of , the National Baseball Hall of Fame will launch a landmark four-year traveling exhibition that will premier at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and tour to leading museums in nine major cities across the United States. National Geographic is proud to offer the official companion book to this groundbreaking event. In examining such formative phenomena as immigration, industrialization, popular culture, and technology, it will reveal how baseball has served as both a public reflection of and a catalyst for the evolution of American culture and society.

A handsome, hardbound volume, Baseball As America also features more than original and archival photographs that bring the game to life on its pages. Perfect for every baseball fan, indeed every American, Baseball As America is a comprehensive panorama of the game America has grown up with. It will foster a new appreciation not only for the game, but also for the very character of our nation.

In October , Albert Goodwill Spalding--baseball star, sporting-goods magnate, promotional genius, serial fabulist--departed Chicago on a trip that would take him and two baseball teams on a journey clear around the globe. Their mission had two goals: In the process, these first cultural ambassadors played before kings and queens, visited the Coliseum and the Eiffel Tower, and took pot shots with their baseballs at the great Sphinx in Egypt. Their expedition is chronicled with dash and wit in Spalding's World Tour , "a riveting story of baseball and the man Published in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, Diamonds Are Forever collects paintings, drawings, photographs, and literary excerpts, illuminating every aspect of the game-the plays, the parks, the players, the fans.

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For six extraordinary years around the turn of the millennium, the Yankees were baseball's unstoppable force, with players such as Paul O'Neill, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera. But for the players and the coaches, baseball Yankees-style was also an almost unbearable pressure cooker of anxiety, expectation, and infighting. With owner George Steinbrenner at the controls, the Yankees money machine spun out of control.

In this new edition of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty , Buster Olney tracks the Yankees through these exciting and tumultuous seasons, updating his insightful portrait with a new introduction that walks readers through Steinbrenner's departure from power, Joe Torre's departure from the team, the continued failure of the Yankees to succeed in the postseason, and the rise of Hank Steinbrenner. With an insider's familiarity with the game, Olney reveals what may have been an inevitable fall that last night of the Yankee dynasty, and its powerful aftermath. Baseball and ghost stories are as American as apple pie.

Assembled from baseball players, stadium personnel, umpires, front-office folks, and fans, the tales told here explore the spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal. We learn of the Curse of the Billy Goat that still haunts the Chicago Cubs, of hidden passageways within the depths of Dodger Stadium, and of the spirits of legendary stars that inspire modern-day players at Yankee Stadium.

There are the stories of how Sam Rice settled a decades-old baseball controversy with a message from beyond the grave and how the late Roberto Clemente had premonitions of his own death in a plane crash. Twilight of the Long-ball Gods: A report from the true heart of baseball, this anthology leaves behind the bad boys and big names of the major leagues to take readers to the places where the spirit of America's game resides.

These are a veteran sportswriter's dispatches from the bush leagues and the sandlot, his tributes to the Negro leaguers, mining-town dreamers, and certifiable eccentrics who give baseball its heart and soul, laughter and tears. John Schulian, a long-time Sports Illustrated contributor and former Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist, puts together a portrait of a disappearing America-a place inhabited by star-crossed Negro Leagues slugger Josh Gibson; by a vagabond player still toiling for the Durham Bulls at thirty-six; by the coach who created the Eskimo Pie League for kids in a Utah copper-mining town.

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When he does venture into the big leagues, Schulian gives us the underdogs and the human touches, from Bill Veeck peg-legging toward retirement as the game's last maverick team owner, to musings on Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe at Christmas, to Studs Terkel's reflections on baseball. In the end, though, this collection belongs to the kid at a tryout camp, the washed-out semipro following the game on his car radio, the players who were the toasts of outposts from Roswell to Wisconsin Rapids-and to the readers who keep the spirit of the game alive.

Playing the Percentages in Baseball by Tom M. Continuing in the grand tradition of sabermetrics, the authors provide a revolutionary way to think about baseball with principles that can be applied at every level, from high school to the major leagues. Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin cover topics such as batting and pitching matchups, platooning, the benefits and risks of intentional walks and sacrifices, the legitimacy of alleged "clutch" hitters, and many of baseball's other theories on hitting, fielding, pitching, and even base running.

They analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it's a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the "inside" game of baseball. Whenever you hear an announcer talk about the "unwritten rule" or say that so-and-so is going "by the book" in bringing in a situational substitute, The Book reviews the facts and determines what the real case is. If you want to know what the folks in baseball should be doing, find out in The Book.

Win Shares, a revolutionary system that allows for player evaluation across positions, teams and eras, measures the total sum of player contributions in one groundbreaking number. James' latest advancement in the world of statistical analysis is the next big stepping-stone in the "greatest players of all-time" debate.

For as long as baseball has been played, fans have struggled to compare the legends of the game with today's stars. Win Shares by Decade is just one of the many sections you'll find inside to help you judge who ranks where among the pantheon of baseball greats. Bill James Handbook by Bill James. Every year, thousands of avid baseball fans eagerly await The Bill James Handbook the best and most complete annual baseball guide available. Full of exclusive stats, this book is the most comprehensive resource of every hit, pitch and catch in Major League Baseball's season.

A Literary Anthology by Nicholas Dawidoff. Robert Frost never felt more at home in America than when watching baseball "be it in park or sand lot. A Literary Anthology , The Library of America presents the story of the national adventure as revealed through the fascinating lens of the great American game. Philip Roth considers the terrible thrill of the adolescent centerfielder; Richard Ford listens to minor-league baseball on the radio while driving cross-country; Amiri Baraka remembers the joy of watching the Newark Eagles play in the era before Jackie Robinson shattered the color line.

Unforgettable portraits of legendary players who have become icons-Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron-are joined by glimpses of lesser-known characters such as the erudite Moe Berg, who could speak a dozen languages "but couldn't hit in any of them. Testimonies from classic oral histories offer insights into the players who helped enshrine the sport in the American imagination. Spot reporting by Heywood Broun and Damon Runyon stands side by side with journalistic profiles that match baseball legends with some of our finest writers: Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger.

Through letters, notes, report cards, matchbook covers, and telegrams, a novel set in the s follows the sometimes underhanded efforts of Joey Margolis, a fatherless twelve year old, to persuade New York Giants third baseman Charlie Banks to be his role model. Continuing in the tradition of Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book and The Football Book comes a spectacular celebration of baseball that will be treasured by fans of the National Pastime.

With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that propelled The Football Book to surpass the sales of The Anniversary Book, a New York Times best-seller, this lavish coffee-table volume brings to life the legendary players, the classic action and the great traditions of the Summer Game. In oversized pages, The Baseball Book commemorates the epic teams and characters, the crucial plays and classic games, the personalities and performances and artifacts that have kept baseball at the heart of American sports for more than a century.

Bad Guys Won by Jeff Pearlman. Once upon a time, twenty-four grown men would play baseball together, eat together, carouse together, and brawl together. Alas, those hard-partying warriors have been replaced by GameBoy-obsessed, laptop-carrying, corporate soldiers who would rather punch a clock than a drinking buddy. But it wasn't always this way So it was in , when the New York Mets -- the last of baseball's live-like-rock-star teams -- won the World Series and captured the hearts and other select body parts of fans everywhere.

But their greatness on the field was nearly eclipsed by how bad they were off it. Led by the indomitable Keith Hernandez and the young dynamic duo of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, along with the gallant Scum Bunch, the Amazin's won regular-season games, while leaving a wide trail of wreckage in their wake -- hotel rooms, charter planes, a bar in Houston, and most famously Bill Buckner and the eternally cursed Boston Red Sox. With an unforgettable cast of characters -- Doc, Straw, the Kid, Nails, Mex, and manager Davey Johnson as well as innumerable groupies -- The Bad Guys Won immortalizes baseball's last great wild bunch of explores what could have been, what should have been, and thanks to a tragic dismantling of the club, what never was.

Even before the New York Mets began the season, they had set a critical record: The New York Mets never made it to Cooperstown, however. Veteran newspapermen Bob Klapisch and John Harper reveal the extraordinary inside story of the Mets' decline and fall-with the sort of detail and uncensored quotes that never run in a family newspaper. From the sex scandals that plagued the club in Florida to the puritanical, no-booze rules of manager Jeff Torborg, from bad behavior on road trips to the downright ornery practical "jokes" that big boys play, The Worst Team Money Could Buy is a grand-slam classic.

Bob Klapisch is a sports columnist covering major-league baseball for The Record. He is the author of five baseball books, including High and Tight: The Last Good Season: The love between team and borough was equally storied, an iron bond of loyalty forged through years of adversity and sometimes legendary ineptitude. Coming off their first World Series triumph ever in , against the hated Yankees, the Dodgers would defend their crown against the Milwaukee Braves and the Cincinnati Reds in a six-month neck-and-neck contest until the last day of the playoffs, one of the most thrilling pennant races in history.

But as The Last Good Season so richly relates, all was not well under the surface. The Dodgers were an aging team at the tail end of its greatness, and Brooklyn was a place caught up in rapid and profound urban change. The institutions that defined the borough — the Brooklyn Eagle, the Brooklyn Navy Yard — had vanished, and only the Dodgers remained. Michael Shapiro, a Brooklyn native, has interviewed many of the surviving participants and observers of the season, and undertaken immense archival research to bring its public and hidden drama to life.

Maybe your dad took you to ball games at Fenway, Wrigley, or Ebbets. Or maybe he coached your team or just played catch with you in the yard. Chances are good that if you're a baseball fan, your dad had something to do with it--and your thoughts of the sport evoke thoughts of him. If so, you will treasure The Final Season , a poignant true story about baseball and heroes, family and forgiveness, doubts and dreams, and a place that brings them all together. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Tom Stanton lived for his Detroit Tigers.

When Tiger Stadium began its 88th and final season, he vowed to attend all 81 home games in order to explore his attachment to the place where four generations of his family have shared baseball. Join him as he encounters idols, conjures decades past, and discovers the mysteries of a park where Cobb and Ruth played. By the autumn of his odyssey, Stanton comes to realize that his anguish isn't just about the loss of a beloved ballpark but about his dad's mortality, for at the heart of this story is the love between fathers and sons--a theme that resonates with baseball fans of all ages.

The Curse of Rocky Colavito: Any team can have an off-decade. But three in a row? The Indians tempted fate when they traded away Rocky Colavito in Then, for the next thirty-three years, the Indians slumped miserably, finishing above. Only pride and masochism brought fans back to drafty old Cleveland Stadium during those awful seasons, when even the most optimistic knew their hopes would be dashed by June.

Veteran sportswriter Terry Pluto takes a witty look at the endless parade of strange events that afflicted the Tribe. Other teams lose players to injuries; the Indians lost them to alcoholism Sam McDowell , a nervous breakdown Tony Horton , and the pro golf tour Ken Harrelson. They even had to trade young Dennis Eckersley a future Hall-of-Famer because his wife fell in love with his best friend and teammate. Pluto profiles the men who made the Indians what they were, for better or worse, including Gabe Paul, the under funded and overmatched general manager; Herb Score, the much-loved master of malapropos in the broadcast booth; Andre Thornton, who weathered personal tragedies and stood as one of the few hitting stalwarts on some terrible teams; Super Joe Charboneau, who blazed across the American League as a rookie but flamed out the following season; and Hank Peters, John Hart, and Mike Hargrove, who eventually pointed the team in the right direction.

Long-suffering Indians fans survived the curse and finally got an exciting, star-studded, winning team in the second half of the s. But The Curse of Rocky Colavito still stands as a classic look back at those years of futility and frustration that made the rare taste of success so much sweeter. The Mick by Mickey Mantle and H.

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Mickey Mantle tells all, from his childhood in Oklahoma to the bright lights of Yankee Stadium. Includes Scorecards by Rob McMahon. Take this out to the ball game! Filling out scorecards, and saving them as precious souvenirs, has been a long-held tradition. The next best thing to actually owning the entire collection which could cost approx. Excellent gift for any baseball card fan of years gone by to re-live there childhood memories in this massive volume weighting more than lbs.

Baseball's Big Train by Henry W. Thomas and Shirley Povich. Ritter, 'Oldtyme Baseball News'. Incredibly detailed, filled with fascinating stories about arguably the greatest pitcher of all time. Thomas, the grandson of Walter Johnson, lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is currently editing, for audio release, the interviews taped by Lawrence Ritter for his classic "The Glory of Their Times". Shirley Povich died in at the age of 92 after seventy-five years as an award-winning sportswriter for the 'Washington Post'. Baseball As History by Jules Tygiel.

Few writers know more about baseball's role in American life than Jules Tygiel. In Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, Tygiel penned a classic work, a landmark book that towers above most writing about the sport. Now he ranges across the last century and a half in an intriguing look at baseball as history, and history as reflected in baseball. In Past Time, Tygiel gives us a seat behind home plate, where we catch the ongoing interplay of baseball and American society.

We begin in New York in the s, where pre-Civil War nationalism shaped the emergence of a "national pastime. Chadwick, Tygiel writes, created the sport's "historical essence" and even imparted a moral dimension to the game with his concepts of "errors" and "unearned" runs. Tygiel offers equally insightful looks at the role of rags-to-riches player-owners in the formation of the upstart American League and he describes the complex struggle to establish African-American baseball in a segregated world.

He also examines baseball during the Great Depression when Branch Rickey and Larry MacPhail saved the game by perfecting the farm system, night baseball, and radio broadcasts , the ironies of Bobby Thomson's immortal "shot heard 'round the world," the rapid relocation of franchises in the s and s, and the emergence of rotisserie leagues and fantasy camps in the s. In Past Time, Jules Tygiel provides baseball history with a difference. Instead of a pitch-by-pitch account of great games, in this groundbreaking book, the field is American history and baseball itself is the star.

Now available in a handsomely produced oversized paperback—with expanded information and 24 pages of black-and-white photographs—The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues documents more than four thousand players on Negro League teams from through Called "one of the best reference books of the year" by Library Journal and named an outstanding academic book of the year by the American Library Association, this is the first book to cover comprehensively the careers of all African Americans who played with a team of major-league quality or whose careers are featured in the history of America's Pastime.

It delivers a wealth of information, from vital statistics and the standard baseball figures of batting averages and pitching records to career data, including years of active play, positions played, team affiliations, and even nicknames. To create this one-of-a-kind reference, baseball authority James A. I think ten games would be a fair number to play, five games to each city. Dreyfuss kept making public entreaties over the next year, repeatedly mentioning the gambling possibilities of postseason play.

Finally, near the end of the season, he and Boston Americans owner Frank Killilea agreed to play the first World Series. The arrangement soon drew heated opposition, including in when owners of the short-lived Federal League brought an anti-trust suit against the National League. Kenesaw Mountain Landis played a significant role in keeping baseball segregated during his 25 years as commissioner. Robinson got his rightful spot with the Dodgers. The spurned owners ousted Chandler in The record books will show Mack as having the most losses of any manager in baseball history, partly due to the Great Depression wiping out his last pennant-winning team and also due to Mack sticking around the Philadelphia Athletics dugout another decade after the economy recovered.

Had he left the dugout at 70 rather than 87, he might be remembered more for what he was through the early s: Aside from being arguably the greatest player in baseball history and making one of its most memorable catches in the World Series, Mays inspired a generation of African-Americans to play ball. Their numbers peaked in baseball in the decade after he retired and are a fraction today of what they once were. Baseball could use another Willie Mays. Supreme example to players and managers of why to never, ever bet on the game. Banned for life though he somehow remains an ubiqitous presence around baseball.

He remains a conflicted figure nearly a century later. The 25 best players not in the Hall of Fame. Frank Jobe, whose development of Tommy John surgery in has saved countless arms since. Maybe the greatest injustice with Cooperstown in recent years came when it closed the door on Negro League inductions in When baseball needed a more marketable origin story, first Abner Doubleday and then Cartwright benefited, while Adams and a few others were forgotten. Gehrig set one of the greatest records in baseball history, playing 2, consecutive games while establishing himself as maybe the top first baseman of all-time.

As of this writing, pitchers have had the practice Dr. Jobe enabled John to pitch another 15 years in the majors. Perhaps at some point, Dr. How did the former night watchman at a pork and beans factory finish in front of Willie Mays and Lou Gehrig here? James used those shifts in the mids to work on baseball research. This research later became the basis for a series of successful books and a cornerstone for sabermetrics.

With the help of Ballentine Books, James did as much anyone to bring sabermetrics into the mainstream, even coining the phrase in His handiwork has also done much to reshape the game, helping the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs end those long World Series dry spells for one. With the evolution of transcontinental air travel in the middle of the 20th century, westward expansion was probably going to happen in baseball at some point.

But he absolutely deserves a spot on this list. He might also be the greatest commissioner in baseball history. Next to Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Selig was certainly the most influential. He could go in the Hall of Fame in a few weeks. The Bill James of the 19th century, Chadwick created a number of early baseball statistics that, somehow, remain benchmarks in the game today. Aside from inventing batting average and earned run average, he also created the box score, "K" for strikeouts, and the system of assigning numbers based on defensive positions.

In a sense, Chadwick might have done as much as any 19th century figure to spread the popularity of the game, helping make it transmittable through newspapers. Black baseball existed before Foster, with greats such as John Donaldson starring in semi-pro and barnstorming circuits around the Midwest in the s. Foster gave black players their own league when he spearheaded the formation of the Negro National League in The father of organized black baseball lived just 10 more years before dying young, but it was long enough to see a wave of black superstars such as Satchel Paige and Cool Papa Bell enter the game.

The Veterans Committee inducted Hulbert in , more than a century after his death at Hulbert worked in baseball for barely a decade, but it came during a pivotal stretch. Drunkeness plagued the NA, and it soon found itself on the verge of collapse. His push for collective bargaining, which began in MLB two years into his tenure, led to the players winning neutral arbitration in the collective bargaining agreement.