The list author says: "I have read countless baseball books over the years. they have brought laughs, understanding of a great sport, and a greater familiarity with many of the athletes I have enjoyed watching, cheering for, and following.
I make no pretense that these are the ten best baseball books of all-time. They are simply ten of my favorite. I hope whoever reads some of these books enjoy them as much as I have."
"A Sequel to the hilarious story of the the 1972-74 Texas Rangers by then beat writer Mike Shropshire following the Rangers into the 1975 season and giving us an intimate look into the character of Billy Martin, combustible, meteoric and frequently incredibly funny.
A worthy sequel to perhaps one of the funnist sports books ever."
"Before "Ball Four", Jim Brosnan wrote the first sports diary by a major leaguer. Less bombastic and shocking than its successor, it nevertheless gives a realistic account of the struggles, pressures, and joys of a major leaguer.
"An intimate look at Warren Cromartie's seven year journey into the heart of Japanese baseball. He details how he was treated as an American ballplayer, and his experience in being a foreign celebrity.
This is an essential story in helping learn of the ballplayer psyche, and Cromartie speaks from the heart."
"The story of Moe Berg, the journeyman catcher in the 1930's and 1940's whose career paralleled Bob Uecker's.
Outside the lines, however, he was a spooky as they came. He knew eleven languages, did not keep a residence, and participated in such sensitive assignments that they still have not been completely declassified."
"The late 1970's were an astonishing time for Yankee fans. George Steinbrenner was the wild boss, and played musical chairs with the manager's seat. Billy Martin was as tempestuous a manager as has ever piloted a team.
This is an insider's look, told by reliever Sparky Lyle, who at one time was the top reliever in baseball."
"A raucous story told by one of the great writes of our time. This is a story of futility and hilarity. From the wizened Casey Stengel, the inaugural manager, who fell asleep in the dugout and couldn't remember the players names, to the has-beens, never weres and terminally frustrated players, this is agreat read."
"George Will applies his scholarly passion for baseball to some of the craftsmen of the game of his era. Orel Hershiser, Tony Gwynn, and Cal Ripken, among others are analyzed on their approaches to baseball, and and their systematic preparation to the day to day challenges of taking the field.
""The Uke" is a classic American success story. The proud owner of a career .202 batting average has laughed at himself all the way to the bank as the voice of the Brewers, actor in commercials, and all-around lovable, funny guy.
"The story ofa self made man who challenged the blue bloods of the baseball world, and put together a dynasty of the 1970's. Finley was an enigma, alternately crass and obnoxious, and big-hearted and charming. A great baseball story."
"The best baseball book I have read. This is a story that was begging to be told. Its poignancy and hilarity carry the reader from cover to cover. A player in the low minor leagues struggles to find both himself and his baseball mojo. A man incapable of self-delusion tells his story."
"A wonderful telling of the happenings, trends and influence of the 1970's on the history and direction of baseball. This is a read that should not be missed for any boomer or near boomer baseball fan."
"Bob Gibson exemplified the word competitive. His fire breathed life into the Cardinal organization for over a decade and a half. While the zentih of his career came in 1968, he soldiered on until the mid-1970's, often with wonderful success. a great recounting of these times in major league baseball."