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Baseball Bookshelf presents the best in baseball literature

Get a jump start on your reading list with some choice selections from the best baseball books around. And be sure to check back often, since we’ll continue to add great titles in the months to come.

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Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball Was All The World To Me
2006 / Don Larsen’s cousin (once removed), Phillip Hoose, discusses his life as a baseball-obsessed child

By Phillip Hoose (2006)

Have Glove Will Travel: The Adventures of A Baseball Vagabond
2005 / From the back cover, Jim Bouton writes, “Bill and I have agreed to blurb each other’s books, and assuming he keeps his end of the bargain, I’d like to say that Have Glove, Will Travel is marvelous. It’s Johnny Appleseed meets Hunter Thompson.”

By Bill Lee and Richard Lally (2005)

New York Yankees The First 25 Years
2002 / Vincent Luisi presents twenty fascinating images of the Yankees’ early days — from Baltimore to the Babe

By Vincent Luisi (2002)

Growing Up Baseball: An Oral History
2001 / Ten interviews from Harvey and Frederic J. Frommer’s oral history of “the growing-up years” of some of baseball’s greatest heroes

By Harvey and Frederic J. Frommer (2001)

Jocks and Socks: Inside Stories From A Major-League Locker Room
2001 / Jim Ksicinski, the visitors’ clubhouse manager at Milwaukee’s County Stadium for over 30 years, remembers the managers he served

By Jim Ksicinski (2001)

Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs
2001 / Seven Cubs legends from the 1950s remember North Side baseball at its best … at least, at its most entertaining

By Carrie Muskat (2001)

Bob Feller’s Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom
2001 / Hall-of-Fame hurler Bob Feller shares his thoughts on the game he once dominated

By Bob Feller (2001)

The New York Mets Encyclopedia
2001 / From Peter C. Bjarkman’s definitive history of the Amazins, a survey of the most unforgettable events in franchise history

By Peter C. Bjarkman (2001)

Babe Ruth: Major-League Dad
2001 / Julia Ruth Stevens — the daughter of Babe Ruth — shares 18 photos from her personal collection

By Julia Ruth Stevens (2001)

The Perfect Yankee: The Incredible Story of the Greatest Miracle in Baseball History
2001 / Don Larsen remembers the last step to immortality — the ninth inning of his World Series perfect game

By Don Larsen (2001)

Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life
2001 / From Hank Greenberg’s autobiography — edited by noted baseball scribe Ira Berkow — a look back at 1935, Hank’s best season

By Hank Greenberg (2001)

Black Baseball In Kansas City: Images of America Series
2000 / Another fantastic series of classic images from Negro League experts Larry Lester and Sammy J. Miller

By Larry Lester (2000)


Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History
2007 / Author Cait Murphy details the 1908 National League pennant race, a three-team dogfight between the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Giants and the struggle between the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox for the American League championship. Ms. Murphy’s revalatory, often rollicking book features a colorful cast of characters from baseball storied past including Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Three-Finger Brown, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and, of course, an ill-fated rookie named Fred Merkle.
By Cait Murphy (2007)

That One Glorious Season: Baseball Players With One Spectacular Year
2007 / Author Richard Letarte chronicles the standout seasons of 21 players from the 1950’s, among them Dusty Rhodes, Don Newcombe, Hank Sauer, Dick Groat, Bobby Shantz, Jackie Jensen and Del Ennis. That One Glorious Season explores the impact their performances had on their teams and their careers. With a wonderful eight-page, full-color insert depicting classic baseball cards.
By Richard H. Letarte (2007)

Heartbreakers: Baseball’s Most Agonizing Defeats
2001 / John Kuenster surveys the most depressing, sudden twists of fate in baseball history. In this excerpt, one errant pitch costs the Pirates the 1972 pennant
By John Kuenster (2001)

Land of the Giants: New York’s Polo Grounds
2001 / The last days of the Polo Grounds, from Stew Thornley’s definitive history of the stadium. Also includes sixteen photos of the Polo Grounds through the years
By Stew Thornley (2001)


Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero
2006 / From Publishers Weekly:

By David Maraniss (2006)

Stepping Up: Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights
2006 / Alex Belth details the life of St. Louis Cardinals All-Star centerfielder Curt Flood and his legal battle against baseball’s reserve clause. With a foreword by Flood’s former teammate Tim McCarver

By Alex Belth (2006)

The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream
2001 / From Steve Fainaru and Ray Sanchez, the inside story of Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez — and a look at the original “El Duque,” his father

By Steve Fainaru (2001)


Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms: A Lifetime of Memories from Striking out the Babe to Teeing It up with the President
2001 / Elden Auker pitched to the Babe and putted with Presidents. In our two excerpts, he shares memories you have to read to believe

By Elden Auker (2001)

Veeck as in Wreck
2001 / Legendary huckmeister Bill Veeck remembers his greatest stunt ever — signing midget Eddie Gaedel as a pinch-hitter

By Bill Veeck (2001)

Baseball Days: Recollections of America’s Favorite Pastime
2000 / Memories of America’s pastime from Dick Vitale, George Vecsey, Michael Dukakis, Ernie Harwell, Rick Dempsey, and Clive Cussler; compiled by Garret Mathews

By Garret Mathews (2000)


Carl Erskine’s Tales from the Dodger Dugout
2000 / Dodger great Carl Erskine remembers the joys of summer, The Boys of Summer, and a buttermilk cake that helped Brooklyn win it all in ’55
By Carl Erskine (2000)


The American League: The Early Years
2000 / David Lee Poremba presents twenty classic images of the AL’s early years, including what may be the first sports action shot ever
By David Lee Poremba (2000)

The House of David Baseball Team
2000 / Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino’s impressive collection of House of David images, an overview of the bearded baseball sensations that took America by storm
By Joel Hawkins (2000)

Once Upon a Diamond: When Baseball Came of Age
2000 / From a new calendar featuring the baseball collections of the New York Public Library, images of forty-eight tobacco cards from 1909
By New York Public Library (2000)


The Baseball Autograph Collector’s Handbook
1999 / Jack Smalling’s primer on how to collect the autographs of baseball’s greatest stars
By Jack Smalling (1999)

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