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MLB.com writers favorite baseball books
« on: July 30, 2014, 01:02:33 pm »
Decent array of books, with 'Ball Four' fairing quite nicely.  LINK

What are your favorites?!?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2014, 01:17:37 pm »
Thanks for posting that. I enjoyed seeing it and have read or own several mentioned here. Anything by David Halberstam (three on the list) is great.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 01:51:24 pm »
There are so many different types of "baseball books", that it's hard to list favorites for me.  There are those where baseball is simply a backdrop, those that are fictional accounts, those that are historical analysis, true biographies and then those that are simply a collection of anecdotes.  Of those that truly changed the way I thought about the subject, Ball Four has to be at the top of the list.  One that is just a collection of funny stories is Bob Uecker's Catcher In The Wry.  It's not on the same level as Ball Four, but Uecker is one funny man.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 01:53:52 pm »
Five Seasons by Roger Angell, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, and Moneyball.  I like all of them for different reasons, and each of them talks about baseball in a different way. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 01:59:19 pm »
the books Dirk Hayhurst has written are fun.
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2014, 02:19:49 pm »
the books Dirk Hayhurst has written are fun.
Haven't read any, though I did give my dad Bullpen Gospels a couple years back. The Crawfish Boxes had a podcast a couple months ago where they interviewed Hayhurst. He had some very thoughtful, funny, and interesting things to say, and came across as a very down-to-earth, likable guy.
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2014, 03:37:31 pm »
One that is just a collection of funny stories is Bob Uecker's Catcher In The Wry.  It's not on the same level as Ball Four, but Uecker is one funny man.

Hadn't heard of this one before, but it's on my list now. Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2014, 11:12:26 am »
One that is just a collection of funny stories is Bob Uecker's Catcher In The Wry.  It's not on the same level as Ball Four, but Uecker is one funny man.
  This is scary...I had not heard of this book before...but then again, I'm not a reader so there are only a few that I have heard of.  My father passed away last week and I my brother found Uecker/Herskowitz "Catcher In The Wry" in a stack of books and brought it to me.  It will be a book that I read.  I just think it's strange that I hadn't seen this book before, and then all of the sudden we find the book and then I find this thread and you mention it. 

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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2014, 11:15:59 am »
  This is scary...I had not heard of this book before...but then again, I'm not a reader so there are only a few that I have heard of.  My father passed away last week and I my brother found Uecker/Herskowitz "Catcher In The Wry" in a stack of books and brought it to me.  It will be a book that I read.  I just think it's strange that I hadn't seen this book before, and then all of the sudden we find the book and then I find this thread and you mention it. 

Sorry for your loss Curly.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2014, 11:19:26 am »
Sorry for your loss Curly.
Same here. Condolences.
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2014, 11:52:07 am »
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2014, 05:09:08 pm »
Thanks yall.

To give you an idea about the Uecker book, his first chapter is called "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Cooperstown".

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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2014, 05:35:18 pm »
Thanks yall.

To give you an idea about the Uecker book, his first chapter is called "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Cooperstown".

That's a great title.
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2014, 11:04:08 am »
condolences, Curly. miss having you around here.
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2014, 02:18:00 pm »
Five Seasons by Roger Angell, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, and Moneyball.  I like all of them for different reasons, and each of them talks about baseball in a different way. 

Thanks for mentioning Five Seasons.  A truly underrated book that did a fantastic job of capturing all that was great about baseball in the '70s.  Some of the most interesting parts were Angell's discussions with a couple of old, grizzled Tigers fans who struggled with the fact that so few fans understood that when you entered Tiger Stadium, the goal was not to enjoy yourself.  The goal was to watch the Tigers win.
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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2014, 06:45:38 am »
condolences, Curly. miss having you around here.
I've been here, just more reading than writing.

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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2014, 08:47:57 am »
Thanks for mentioning Five Seasons.  A truly underrated book that did a fantastic job of capturing all that was great about baseball in the '70s.  Some of the most interesting parts were Angell's discussions with a couple of old, grizzled Tigers fans who struggled with the fact that so few fans understood that when you entered Tiger Stadium, the goal was not to enjoy yourself.  The goal was to watch the Tigers win.

I just ordered Five Seasons and two other Angell books on Amazon based on what I learned from this thread.

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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2015, 09:10:03 am »
Ball Four is available for $1.99 on kindle today.
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2015, 10:07:26 am »
Ball Four is available for $1.99 on kindle today.

I'll add that Spring Training is a great time to read it, if you haven't, or re-read it if you have.
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2015, 10:57:25 am »
I was surprised by the scant notice paid to The Glory of Their Times, there. Incredible collection of oral history from the days when they all had jobs in the offseason.

Still love The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.