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

A Listmania! list by David Rubin "Baseball Book NUT!!" (Los Angeles, CA)
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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
1.  Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
2.  Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert W. Creamer
The list author says:
  "The first great book on The Sultan of Swat, and a long-time favorite!!"
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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
3.  The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Cobb: A Biography
4.  Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump
The list author says:
  "No baseball list could be complete without Stump's classic on perhaps the most interesting player of all time!!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero
5.  Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero by Leigh Montville
The list author says:
  "Again, Montville crafts one of the best bios ever, about perhaps the greatest hitter to ever pick up a bat!!"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

The Bad Guys Won!
6.  The Bad Guys Won! by Jeff Pearlman
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game
7.  Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game by Bert Randolph Sugar
The list author says:
  "Many people will never get a chance to visit those hallowed halls...Sugar's great tome takes you there in amazing style!!"
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The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics)
8.  The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics) by Roger Kahn
The list author says:
  "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!!!"
$10.58   Used & New from: $2.23
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball
9.  Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George F. Will
The list author says:
  "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!!"
$12.96   Used & New from: $0.15
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
10.  Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck by Bill Veeck
The list author says:
  "Again, no list of greatest baseball books would be complete without this book!!"
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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
11.  Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig
The list author says:
  "WE are the lucky ones, as Eig's masterpiece brings the life of the "Iron Horse" to life!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
12.  The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant
The list author says:
  "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!!!"
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Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train
13.  Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train by Henry W. Thomas
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran
14.  The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran by Dirk Hayhurst
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
15.  Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden
The list author says:
  "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."
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Baseball: An Illustrated History
16.  Baseball: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward
The list author says:
  "A fantastic companion to Burns' Baseball Video!!"
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Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
17.  Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book by Editors of Sports Illustrated
The list author says:
  "Amazing photos, great stories, everything you'd expect from the magazine that's been there for 60 years!!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections
18.  Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections by Stephen Wong
The list author says:
  "A great companion to Sugar's Cooperstown guide, and some of the most incredible artifacts you'll ever see!!"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
19.  Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch
The list author says:
  "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..."
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Fifty-Nine in '84
20.  Fifty-Nine in '84 by Edward Achorn
The list author says:
  "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."
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Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
21.  Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain by Martin Appel
The list author says:
  "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!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
22.  Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy by Jane Leavy
The list author says:
  "The legend of Koufax will never die, as long as there are writers like Jane Leavy out there."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life
23.  Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer
The list author says:
  "Again, a great bio, warts and all, about the "Yankee Clipper"!!"
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees
24.  The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees by Peter Golenbock
The list author says:
  "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!"
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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)
25.  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:
  "This will continue to stand the test of time as one of the 2-3 best baseball books ever. Truly a classic!!!"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself
26.  Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself by Michael Shapiro
The list author says:
  "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!!!!"
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
27.  Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "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."
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Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
28.  Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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I Was Right On Time
29.  I Was Right On Time by Buck O'Neil
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
30.  The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

The Lords of the Realm
31.  The Lords of the Realm by John Helyar
The list author says:
  "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!!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
32.  Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton
The list author says:
  "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!!!"
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