Five Star Baseball Books

A Listmania! list by Terry Bartelme
The list author says: "I have read approximately one-hundred books on the subject of baseball. This list contains the ones that I enjoyed the most and would give a five-star rating."
Cracking the Show
1.  Cracking the Show by Thomas Boswell
The list author says:
  "Thomas Boswell is my favorite sports author. I have read several of his books now and I can say that I won’t hesitate to read anything that he writes."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Ball Four 20th (twentieth anniversary edition) paperback
2.  Ball Four 20th (twentieth anniversary edition) paperback by Jim Bouton
The list author says:
  "After Reading Bouton’s book I understood why this book may get more rereads than any other sports book. I loved this book and will read it again periodically."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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How Life Imitates the World Series (The Penguin sports library)
3.  How Life Imitates the World Series (The Penguin sports library) by Thomas Boswell
The list author says:
  "I cannot remember a book that I have enjoyed more."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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If I Never Get Back: A Novel
4.  If I Never Get Back: A Novel by Darryl Brock
The list author says:
  "I became completely immersed in this book making it very difficult to put down. Although it is fictional it will take you on an enjoyable ride into baseball and America of the late eighteen hundreds."
$13.13   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds
5.  The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds by Joe Posnanski
The list author says:
  "This is a great book about the World Champion 1975 Cincinnati Reds. As I read it, I felt like I got to know players like Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and others. I also felt like I got to know the manager Sparky Anderson.  I will keep it in my collection."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
6.  The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James
The list author says:
  "If I could only own one baseball book this would be the one that I would choose. I love this book and go back to it as a resource time and again."
$19.23   Used & New from: $4.83
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
7.  Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye
The list author says:
  "Well written, held my interest and I enjoyed it. The book also gave me a feel for what it was like to travel a lot while playing in the Negro Leagues, barnstorming, etc. Plenty of baseball, but it is about more than that. I think this is a classic."
$10.46   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran (Paperback)
8.  The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran (Paperback) by Dirk Hayhurst
The list author says:
  "The book is more about the relationships between players, coaches, fans and family than it is about playing the game, but I was not disappointed. Reading it made me feel like I was one of the guys on the team. It was interesting, laugh-out-loud funny in places, realistic and touching. This is the kind of book that has lessons to teach that you will think about long after you finish reading it."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series- and America's Heart-During the Great Depression
9.  The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series- and America's Heart-During the Great Depression by John Heidenry
The list author says:
  "This classic kept me interested and entertained all the way through."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
10.  The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Lawrence S. Ritter
The list author says:
  "The book is filled with short stories about more than two dozen men that played during the period between the turn of the Century and the middle forties. This is an enjoyable read. It gave me the feeling of going back into those times in baseball history."
$12.35   Used & New from: $5.31
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics
11.  The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics by Alan Schwarz
The list author says:
  "This is a fascinating book about the evolution of statistics in baseball and how statistics are almost as big as the game itself. This is one of my all-time favorites. I think that I could read it about once a year."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

The Summer Game (Bison Book)
12.  The Summer Game (Bison Book) by Roger Angell
The list author says:
  "No list of great baseball books could be complete without “The Summer Game.”  This book made me remember baseball the way I saw it as a youth."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball
13.  Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball by Stephen Jay Gould
The list author says:
  "Gould is thought provoking, interesting and covers things that should have been covered in other baseball books, but haven't. Don’t let his terrific vocabulary intimidate, it becomes more “regular guy” after the first chapter."
$12.78   Used & New from: $0.73
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
14.  Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck by Bill Veeck
The list author says:
  "This book is a wonderful read from a baseball prospective, but even more so as a biography of a unique, fascinating and inspirational character."
$12.84   Used & New from: $4.32
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

You're Missin' a Great Game: From Casey to Ozzie, the Magic of Baseball and How to Get It Back
15.  You're Missin' a Great Game: From Casey to Ozzie, the Magic of Baseball and How to Get It Back by Whitey Herzog
The list author says:
  "If you are a true baseball fan then you don't want to miss what Whitey Herzog has to say about the game."
$19.76   Used & New from: $5.44
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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