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Baseball Books

Philip W. Henry
The list author says: "This list isn't really about baseball as a bunch of statistics and players, but about the game as a metaphor for life. Some of our best writers...Halberstam... George Will...George Vecsey... Roger Angell...Jim Murray... Jonathan Mahler... Roger Kahn...Richard Ford ...even Hunter S. Thompson... have been drawn to the drama of the game. From the early days, though the "Blacksox" scandal of the 'twenties, through integration of baseball, the movement West, and the steroid scandal... there are great stories. There were Heroes: Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams; and villains: Ty Cobb, Pete Rose, and Roger Clemens."
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City
"1977 was the summer of Son of Sam, and New York was tense. Politics was changing with the battle between Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo, and Bella Abzug. Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin were having a feud. Then the lights went out, and the city became a battleground between angry looters and frustrated cops."
Past Time: Baseball As History
Past Time: Baseball As History
Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam
Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam
October 1964
October 1964
"Halberstam won a Pulitzer at the age of 30 for his Vietnam Reporting, but he was also a great sportswriter."
The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship
The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship
The Education of a Coach
The Education of a Coach
The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics)
The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics)
"A classic by Roger Kahn."
The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World
The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World
Men at Work
Men at Work
"I can imagine George F. Will reading Thucydides (in the original Greek) and finding parallels between the Peloponnesian Wars and baseball."
Once Upon a Game: Baseball's Greatest Memories
Once Upon a Game: Baseball's Greatest Memories
Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball
Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball
The Rivals: The New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox---An Inside History
The Rivals: The New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox---An Inside History
Dog Days: The New York Yankees' Fall From Grace and Return to Glory, 1964-1976
Dog Days: The New York Yankees' Fall From Grace and Return to Glory, 1964-1976
Game of My Life Boston Red Sox: Memorable Stories of Red Sox Baseball (Game of My Life)
Game of My Life Boston Red Sox: Memorable Stories of Red Sox Baseball (Game of My Life)
The Boys of October : How the 1975 Boston Red Sox Embodied Baseball's Ideals--and Restored Our Spirits
The Boys of October : How the 1975 Boston Red Sox Embodied Baseball's Ideals--and Restored Our Spirits
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums
Birth of a Dynasty: Behind the Pinstripes with the 1996 Yankees
Birth of a Dynasty: Behind the Pinstripes with the 1996 Yankees
Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition (ESPN Pro Baseball Encyclopedia)
The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition (ESPN Pro Baseball Encyclopedia)
The Summer Game (Bison Book)
The Summer Game (Bison Book)
Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion
Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion
Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader
Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader
A Very Big League of Their Own: Major League Baseball Is Slipped a Mickey
A Very Big League of Their Own: Major League Baseball Is Slipped a Mickey
Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment
Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment
"The subtitle of the Mitchell Report is: Restoring Faith in America's Pastime.  They got that right."
Extra Innings: WRITING ON BASEBALL (Sport and Society)
Extra Innings: WRITING ON BASEBALL (Sport and Society)
Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness   Modern History from the Sports Desk
Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness Modern History from the Sports Desk
""Gonzo" journalist at the stadium."
Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game (Modern Library Chronicles)
Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game (Modern Library Chronicles)
"New York Times' sportswriter Vecsey wtih a lively history of the game."
Baseball History from Outside the Lines: A Reader
Baseball History from Outside the Lines: A Reader
Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise, Expanded and Updated
Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise, Expanded and Updated
Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908
Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908
Creating the National Pastime
Creating the National Pastime
Our Chicago Cubs: Inside the History and the Mystery of Baseball's Favorite Franchise
Our Chicago Cubs: Inside the History and the Mystery of Baseball's Favorite Franchise
"Go Cubbies! I'll drink to that at the Cubby Bear Tavern or Billy Goat's Tavern, made famous on Saturday Night Live."
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution
"Before Jackie Robinson's courageous integration of an all-white sport, the Negro Leagues were the showplace of some of the sport's ables players."
On the Road With Jim Murray: Baseball and the Summer of '79
On the Road With Jim Murray: Baseball and the Summer of '79
"Won the Pulitzer Prize for sportswriting for the LA Times."
Baseball - A Film By Ken Burns
Baseball - A Film By Ken Burns