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Post by arandy on Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:47 am

What are some good baseball books that you have read or are reading. I'm reading "The Old Ball Game" by Frank Deford. It's about how Mathewson and Magraw created modern baseball. These guys are exact opposites of eachother. Very good book
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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by ItsOnlyGil on Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:56 pm

I treat baseball books as reference sources. Almost all have some useful information.
What qualities do you value in a baseball book?
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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by arandy on Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:15 am

I like books that talk aboout a certain season and the players on it.



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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by ItsOnlyGil on Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:20 am

I like things broken down by season too.
Actually, that is what I collect: cards which commemorate season highlights.
For example -

in 1884: the White Stockings hit more HRs than anyone else ever had, and they kept that record for more than 40 years, until the 1927 Yankees broke it.

and in 1884 eight pitchers won 40 or more games

and in 1884 the Union Association was formed as a escape from the Reserve Clause

and in 1884 13 pitchers recorded more than 300 strikeouts (four had >400)

and in 1884, due to Union Association teams not making it, many replacement teams were started up. One, St. Pauls, only lasted for nine games - the shortest lived team ever.


A book that tells you this kind of stuff about teams 1900-present (almost) is the Baseball Chronicle by David Nemec, and others
copyright 2002 Publications International Ltd.

If this is not what you meant, please clarify.

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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by cccc on Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:42 am

i read game of shadows and emeral age of baseball (ed delahanty) over the new year and surprisingly i found GOS about bonds/balco fascinating. i guess i find myself more connected with the modern game/issues and it was an easier read. also google and wiki helped me get more informed about HGH and the various steroids/masking agents out there.
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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by sabrjay on Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:41 pm

Some great reads:

Deadball Stars of the NL
Deadball Stars of the AL
The Federal Leagues
Green Cathedrals
Primitive Baseball
Never on Sundays
The Whiskey League

I forget the title of the recent book about Louis Sockalexis, but that is a great book too.

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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by Gary! on Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:17 pm

Does the latest REA catalog count? That thing is pretty much a book!
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Re: Good Baseball Books

Post by arandy on Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:24 pm

Gary! wrote:Does the latest REA catalog count? That thing is pretty much a book!

No gary that doesn't count. Adding on to my preferences, I like books that tell sories that tell about a season or era of baseball and that is packed with info. Not encyclopedias.


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