By Ron Kaplan
Propounding his “small ball conception” of activities literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the extra bold the literature.” after all he had the quite small baseball in brain, simply because its literature is formidable—vast and sundry, instructive, usually wildly wonderful, and infrequently really good. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has selected 501 of the easiest, making it more straightforward for lovers to discover simply the books to fit them (or to understand what they’re missing).
From biography, heritage, fiction, and guide to books approximately ballparks, enterprise, and ideas, an individual who likes to examine baseball will locate during this ebook a companionable consultant, way more enjoyable than a reference paintings has any correct to be.
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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. While not on par with some of the other must-read titles listed herein, this one gets points for irony. Other categories: Analysis, History Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir 43 57.
Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir 27 35. Baseball Between the Lines: Baseball in the Forties and Fifties, by Donald Honig. New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1976. 36. Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties Told by the Men Who Played It, by Donald Honig. New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1975. To be honest, I don’t need any more ﬁrst-person accounts from superstars; they get plenty of ink. It’s the good players who didn’t quite break into that elite level that really interest me.
The slim volume packs quite a punch, as it takes on quite a large responsibility. ), Vickery, a former Minor Leaguer and coach, provides the answers in a manner that is neither patronizing to fans who already have a good knowledge nor too technical for newbies. Categories in this volume include the ﬁner points of batting, pitching, ﬁelding, baserunning, and signs, as well as managerial strategy, umpires and rules, and records. There’s also a separate glossary for quick reference. And just to prove that baseball is still a game and not to be taken too seriously, Vickery thoughtfully concludes with a chapter on how baseball terminology has become a staple in everyday language and a transcript of Abbot and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First” routine.
501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die by Ron Kaplan