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Essential Baseball Books (cut through the clutter)

Bad Moth
The list author says: "There are thousands of baseball books and the vast majority of them are awful. These are some of the very best. My Hall of Fame."
October 1964
October 1964
"My favorite baseball history.  Reads more like a novel.  Of this type of baseball book, it may be the best ever written."
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)
"A series of first person accounts from the original old-timers."
The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
"The first time I read Bill James iconoclastic ideas about baseball, I was hooked forever."
Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
"Entertaining read even today.  More players should write books like this."
Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting
Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting
Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (Sport and Society)
Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (Sport and Society)
"More of a history book so keep that in mind if you're considering it."
Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame
Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame
"It's a bit dated at this point but still a great read.  This really lays out the history of the HOF and how archaic the voting procedure is."
Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia
Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia
The Complete Guide to Big League Ballparks
The Complete Guide to Big League Ballparks
Baseball Prospectus 2010
Baseball Prospectus 2010
"Read this book during spring training.  Then keep it next to the recliner during the season for quick reference.  It's the best annual."
2010 Baseball Forecaster (Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster)
2010 Baseball Forecaster (Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster)
"If you're into fantasy, this is the book."