501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die by Ron Kaplan

By Ron Kaplan

Propounding his “small ball thought” of activities literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the extra bold the literature.” in fact he had the quite small baseball in brain, simply because its literature is formidable—vast and sundry, instructive, frequently wildly unique, and sometimes terrific. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has selected 501 of the easiest, making it more uncomplicated for fanatics to discover simply the books to fit them (or to grasp what they’re missing).


From biography, historical past, fiction, and guide to books approximately ballparks, enterprise, and ideas, an individual who likes to examine baseball will locate during this booklet a companionable advisor, way more enjoyable than a reference paintings has any correct to be.

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What’s up with that? 40 chap ter t wo In this compelling book, Allen shares his thoughts on the difficulties he had as an African American who grew up in an integrated town in the 1950s and later had to deal with the prejudice and hatred in the deep-South Minor Leagues and even in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Plagued by injuries (he appeared in 140 or more games only six times in a fifteen-year career) and often at war with a press he considered condescending, Allen was not afraid to call out the hypocrisy directed against him: he received a standing ovation one minute, and was booed and called names the next.

He was a 26 chap ter t wo pal to players like Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Ty Cobb, as well as to Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis, among hundreds of others baseball personalities. Think of all the events and innovations he witnessed since his first assignment: two world wars, the Black Sox scandal, night baseball, the debut of Jackie Robinson, and countless others. As one of the true media old-timers in the racket, Lieb embodied the curmudgeonly (or avuncular, depending on your point of view) gent who believes things were better in his time but is willing to listen to your opinions, if only to be polite.

Com — interviewed for this book might have revised their comments given the speculation that Clemens benefitted from pharmaceutical assistance. Can’t you just hear them? , Gary Carter, and Ken Griffey Jr. (“Legends”); four World Series opponents who had the additional disadvantage of not facing Clemens on any kind of regular basis; Phil Bradley and Torii Hunter (“Stats”); and Minor Leaguers Johnny Drennen and Clemens’s own son, Koby, whom the elder statesman of the mound faced during Minor League rehab assignments.

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