Popular Books on Baseball

 

Baseball is one of the interesting and recreational games. It is where a player throws a ball to rival player on the other side. In turn, the rival player hits it back with a bat. Several books have been written to facilitate the knowledge of baseball. It helps both the players and the stakeholders to develop intent, deep and useful skills required in playing baseball. Popular books entailing this interesting game are in variety. These includes the following: The boys of summer by Rodger Kahn, Seasons in hell by Mike Shropshire, Can’t anybody here play this game by Jimmy Breslin and several other books. The best books on baseball are meant to improve the skills of the game. Examples of the best books are: Dock Ellis in the country of baseball by Donald hall, Baseball when the grass was real by Donald Honing and Ball four by Jim Bouton. There are best-selling books on baseball which most of the stakeholders prefer. These includes: Baseballs great experiment by Jackie Robinson and His legacy, The Bronx Zoo by Sparky, A Day in Bleachers by Arnold Hano, The pitch that killed by mike sowell and Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME

While every team in the Major League strongly believes that winning matches is similar of a colossal budget, Billy Beane is determined he can make it with his young players and a meager financial plan. By defying his own scouting department and tradition, he aims to go against all odds and make champions out of the Oakland A's.

Read it For:
The book is highly recommended for those who are passionate about baseball as a game.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not recommended to those who do not have much interest in the competitive sports of baseball.
What makes this book stand out?:
If you have loved movies like Facing The Giants, or any movie where the weak do their best to defeat the best, this book is recommended for you.

BALL FOUR

Considered as one of the best baseball books ever published, Ball Four caused a stir in the baseball and sports world, when first published in 1970. Fans deem as 'social document' this book, published by Jim Bouton, which unveils the deepest and darkest secrets and truths about the game.

Read it For:
This book is for you if you want a clear and true view of the core of professional baseball, beneath all the 'beautiful' interviews, popularity of players and the eye-catching 'surface' of the sport.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not for you if you do not want to see the real face of baseball.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for honestly covering the controversies surrounding baseball as a competitive sport.

THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES: THE STORY OF THE EARLY DAYS OF BASEBALL

A transcription of words from players who embraced baseball in the turn of the century, The Glory of their Times offers a unique experience to readers who want to know more about how the ballgame was in the days of Sam Crawford, Rube Marquard, Tommy Leach or Davy Jones.

Read it For:
This book is recommended for those who want to learn about the history of baseball and how it grew into what it is.
Don't Read it For:
The book isn't recommended if you are not a baseball fan, or seek a fictitious story about the sport.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for the rare and rich details provided by the early players whose original tape interviews now rest preserved in the Hall of Fame of Cooperstown.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER

1979. Nine-year-old Todd Willis is left in the coma after a disastrous tornado hits Wichita Falls, his hometown in Texas. After four long years, he wakes up in a world he struggles to clutch; his hallucinations from long sleep are hard to split from real life. This is 1983; Todd, together with his friends, will find love, friendship, and a common secret that will leave them speechless. Somehow, the boys would need to reunite 25 years later to face their greatest fear.

Read it For:
This book should be read by those seeking a similar experience to 'Stranger Things'.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not recommended to those who hate rip-offs.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for its capacity to catch the reader’s attention from start.
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ONLY THE BALL WAS WHITE

The conception of the Negro league baseball team including the unacknowledged Negro team players who never got their dreams fulfilled into the major leagues and the prejudices suffered by them.

Read it For:
The book is highly recommended if you wish to understand the hardships endured by the Negro League baseball team
Don't Read it For:
The book is not recommended if you do not have any interest in Baseball nor its players
What makes this book stand out?:
Love and learning about the beginning or conception of the baseball sport.

BASEBALL’S GREAT EXPERIMENT

The assimilation of the first black African American, Jackie Robinson, with his career into the professional baseball leagues amidst politically affiliated turmoil.

Read it For:
The book is highly recommended if you love history and acknowledge the importance of this great feat that was accomplished by this man
Don't Read it For:
The book is not recommended if you do not appreciate the significance of being able to overcome a struggle or battle directly or indirectly
What makes this book stand out?:
Understanding the emotional and physical struggles to attain a dream that may be impossible at that time

THE CUBS WAY: THE ZEN OF BUILDING THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL

This book is a story of assembling the best players called the Chicago Cubs who defeated the Cleveland Indians during the year 2016 since the year of their loss in 1908.

Read it For:
It is highly recommended if you love 'come-backs' of teams, sports, etc.
Don't Read it For:
This book isn't recommended if you are not a huge fan of the baseball sport.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for the mixture of emotions brought out through immeasurable interviews and the detailed information of the Championship baseball team

THE ART OF FIELDING

The story is based in a college type setting amongst five collegians who wrestle in their paths towards fulfilling their dreams through their forged relationships with each other

Read it For:
This story is recommended for its rich description of the baseball game
Don't Read it For:
The book isn't recommended if you are extremely sensitive or homophobic and don't understand baseball dialogue
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for its pragmatism but true love of the American game, Baseball

FIVE SEASONS

Five Seasons is a series of essays by sports writer Roger Angell, a celebrated writer and editor for the New Yorker. Taken from his articles for New Yorker, the book covers the baseball seasons from 1972 - 1976, a period of time often described as ‘the most significant half-decade in the history of the game'.

Read it For:
This book is recommended for fans of the game to get an insight into an historic era for the game of baseball.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not recommended if you're looking for fast-paced action.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for its witty and sharp observations of the game of baseball and the American society of the time.

Veeck–As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck

An autobiography of baseball team owner, team builder and showman extraordinaire, Bill Veeck, is a recounting of his of his often tumultuous days in baseball.

Read it For:
An insider's look into the inner workings of baseball, including the author's skirmishes with team owners, players and high-ranking officials.
Don't Read it For:
The book was first published in 1962, so is by no means current.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a no-holds-barred attack on the baseball establishment of the time.

 

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