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Greatest Baseball Books of All-Time - as of Summer, 2010

David Rubin "Baseball Book NUT!!"
The list author says: "There are way too many great baseball books to be able to include them all in ANY list, so I tried to put together a list that, if read by someone who never saw a game in their life, would become a fan instantly, OR, for a younger person looking to gain prospective on the game, this list would be a great starting point. Enjoy!! And READ ON!!"
Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams
Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams
"Amazing book. We need to understand WHY baseball became a metaphor for social progression, especially as it came to racial integration, and this book goes a long way towards explaining the who, what & why of the Negro Leagues!!"
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
"The first great book on The Sultan of Swat, and a long-time favorite!!"
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
"The second great book on The Big Bambino, and Montville has written not only the definitive Ruth book, but one of the best biographies of all time!!"
Cobb: A Biography
Cobb: A Biography
"No baseball list could be complete without Stump's classic on perhaps the most interesting player of all time!!"
Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero
Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero
"Again, Montville crafts one of the best bios ever, about perhaps the greatest hitter to ever pick up a bat!!"
The Bad Guys Won!
The Bad Guys Won!
"Okay, I admit to bias towards my beloved Mets, but this book covers perhaps the best play-off series of all-time (Mets-Astros) as well as one of the top 5 most memorable World Series moments (ball gets by Buckner!!"
Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game
Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game
"Many people will never get a chance to visit those hallowed halls...Sugar's great tome takes you there in amazing style!!"
The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics)
The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics)
"The first truly memorable baseball book I ever read, and the fact that my dad bought it for me, even though he was a Giants fan, speaks volumes about how amazing this book was/is!!!"
Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball
Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball
"Forget his political commentary (although I am personally a fan), Men at Work is a fantastic look into how hitters hit, pitchers pitch, fielder's field and managers manage, from their standpoints, as told by the baseball-loving Will!!"
Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
"Again, no list of greatest baseball books would be complete without this book!!"
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
"WE are the lucky ones, as Eig's masterpiece brings the life of the "Iron Horse" to life!"
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
"Released in 2010, Bryant's work is now the definitive bio of the legendary Aaron. Henry to his friends/family, Hank to his fans, the TRUE home run hero to me!!! I can't recommend this book highly enough!!!"
Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train
Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train
"With all of the recent discussion about Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and the 2010 being the "year of the pitcher", it's easy to forget about perhaps the BEST pitcher of them all,the "Big Train" himself, Walter Johnson."
The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life
The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life
"A very compelling (and quick) read from a pitcher who finally made the majors, and all of the craziness that abounds in the minors, on his path to the big show!!"
Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
"Published a few short months before his passing, "The Last Lion" is an excellent portrayal of pro sports most controversial, and successful, owner, George M. Steinbrenner."
Baseball: An Illustrated History
Baseball: An Illustrated History
"A fantastic companion to Burns' Baseball Video!!"
Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
"Amazing photos, great stories, everything you'd expect from the magazine that's been there for 60 years!!"
Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections
Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections
"A great companion to Sugar's Cooperstown guide, and some of the most incredible artifacts you'll ever see!!"
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
"My dad's favorite player, and a great bio. Would have been better if some of the Say Hey Kid's "warts" had been exposed, but that's for another time and another book..."
Fifty-Nine in '84
Fifty-Nine in '84
"Ed Achorn's masterpiece, the first in-depth look into the greatest season a pitcher has ever had, as Charles "Ole Hoss" Radbourn won 59 games for the Providence Grays in 1884."
Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
"All these years later, whenever I hear the name "Munson" I still get a pain in the chest at the life lost way too young...this book is the definitive book about Munson!"
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
"The legend of Koufax will never die, as long as there are writers like Jane Leavy out there."
Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life
Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life
"Again, a great bio, warts and all, about the "Yankee Clipper"!!"
The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees
The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees
"No list would be complete without this crazy look at one of the craziest teams of all-time. I lived through it, and this book brings back incredible memories!"
The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"This will continue to stand the test of time as one of the 2-3 best baseball books ever. Truly a classic!!!"
Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself
Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself
"The expansion of baseball; the end of Branch Rickey's career; the creation of the NY Mets in the aftermath of the movement west of the Giants & Dodgers, & the attempted creation of a new baseball league- a true page-turner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!"
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
"Now more famous for what DIDN'T come from this book then what did, it remains a unique look into the inner-workings of the game, focusing on A's GM Billy Beane's unique way of looking at stats that the "traditional" GM hadn't yet placed a high enough value upon."
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
"The most "colorful" player from the Negro Leagues, Tye's in-depth into the great Satchel Paige has become the definitive bio of the amazing hall-of-fame pitcher AND character!!"
I Was Right On Time
I Was Right On Time
"You sure were, Buck...and truly deserving of Hall-of-Fame admittance while you were still alive...another blot on the face of baseball that will never be corrected, but still you kept your smile and your dignity and this made Buck the best ambassador the game has ever/will ever know!!"
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
"Imagine- a mediocre catcher also working for the OSS (prior to the creation of the CIA)- well, it's true, and Moe Berg's life should have been made into a movie long ago!!"
The Lords of the Realm
The Lords of the Realm
"If you were attempting to learn about the business side of the game of baseball, no book could offer the in-depth account that "Lords of the Realm" does. Timeless, thoughtfully written and extremely compelling, I re-read it every 2 years or so just to remind myself that this game of ours is a business, too...HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!"
Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
"Completely deserving of being listed as one of the most popular/important books of the past century, and remains THE definitive book on the game of baseball. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ***** - DEFINITIVE WORK!!!"