Baseball: True Stories From the Dugout
Yogi: It Ain’t Over
Yogi Berra may now be well known for the unique way he expresses himself, but this three-time Most Valuable Player also had a terrific baseball career. Here he recounts some of the ups and downs of being a Major League star.
Cobb: A Biography: The Life and Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball
Thirty years before this book was written, Ty Cobb hired a young Al Stump to write a biography that was a sanitized portrayal of Cobb’s life. Now, Stump returns to rewrite history and rectify the earlier cover-up, at last bringing fans the story as he truly saw it.
Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life
Richard Ben Cramer
The famed Yankee may have presented a hero’s face in the spotlight, but according to biographer Cramer, that face hid a private misery only made worse by the pressure to be a role model to baseball fans everywhere.
Say Hey: The Autobiography of Willie Mays
Mays’ love for the game comes through in this autobiography chronicling his career from a young pro in the Negro Leagues to a two-time MVP in the Majors.
Jackie Robinson: A Life Remembered
The pioneering player who broke through baseball’s color barrier is recalled by friends and family, whose personal remembrances help the reader understand Robinson not just as a player, but also as a man.
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
Robert W. Creamer
Traces one of the most famous men in baseball from his childhood in a Baltimore orphanage to his years as the Yankees’ home run hero to his life after baseball.
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
The famous Chicago scandal in which eight White Sox players, with the country’s top gamblers, conspired to throw the Series. Goes behind the scenes to portray the newspaperman who was shocked to discover the fix, the underworld figures that helped make it possible, and the players’ 1921 trial.
Diamonds in the Rough: The Untold History of Baseball
John Bowman and Joel Zoss
The history of our national pastime, including the origins of the game, contributions by women and minorities, baseball’s influence on music and literature, and some on and off the field tragedies. For fans who want to learn something new about their favorite game.
Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs
The team that boasts some of the most loyal fans in baseball is chronicled through interviews with past players, coaches, fans, and sportswriters. Not a Cubs fan? Find out why so many people are so loyal.
When Women Played Hardball: Professional Lives and Personal Stories from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-1954
Susan E. Johnson
Portrayal of a unique era in baseball history, including the playoffs between the Peaches and the Daisies, players’ recollections of the league, and life after it disbanded.
The Era: 1947-1957, When the Yankees, the New York Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers Ruled the World
Nine out of eleven years one of New York ’s teams won the World Series title, and they boasted some of the games greatest players including Robinson, Mantle and Berra.
The Oldest Rookie: Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy
After injuries prevented his baseball career from taking off, Jim Morris eventually married and became a high school coach, but he never gave up on his true passion, and entered the majors at the age of thirty-six.
The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told By the Men Who Played It
Lawrence S. Ritter
Forgotten history and unknown stories told by the men who played baseball at the beginning of the twentieth century.
On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place: Baseball’s Worst Teams
An engaging, informative, and funny look at life from the other side of the pennant race, examining ten teams whose losing streaks were legendary.
Bleachers: A Summer in Wrigley Field
Sportswriter Wheeler spent a summer learning about the Cubs and their fans, including the drunks, the loudmouths and the bleacher bums, in this fun look at Wrigley Field.
Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys with a Major League Scout
Scout Tony Lucadello sat through hundreds of high school, college, and sandlot games to find the players who would go on to baseball glory.
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