What are the best all time baseball novels?

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    #1The Natural

    The Natural

    This is the book that inspired the popular film starred by Robert Redford. The book narrates the story of Roy Hobbs, a baseball player born with an innate talent for this game, who had to overcome many tragedies to make it to the top. 


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    Joseph Hernandez
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The Natural is arguably the best baseball novel of all time and was inspired by film star Robert Redford and is a fantastic baseball player."
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    #2The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story

    The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story
    Randy Dreyfus is the best player in the Major League, but his happy -and married- life will change when he falls in love with D. J. Pickett, one of his teammates, which will make the team's odyssey to the championship something really hard, and interesting.  


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    Joshua Contreras
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "The Dreyfus Affair is homosexual propaganda. That's all you need to know about it. Subversive, destructive trash."
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    #3Last Days of Summer

    Last Days of Summer

    After having a rough childhood -broke, goofy and without a father figure-, Joey Margolis decided that the he was going to look up to was Charlie Banks, the all-star player for the NY Giants. At first, Charlie wasn't interested in an annoying boy from Brooklyn, but he realized very soon that he might be what he needed in his life. 


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    Douglas Delgado
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "A funny, sad and satisfying read all the way through. I loved it! The characters have their own unique force that comes through in their correspondence. It will hook you not only with humor but with the development of their relationship. "
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    #4Havana Heat

    Havana Heat
    As one of the Major League Baseball's first deaf players, Luther Taylor, he had always had extra-issues to make it to one of the best teams. However, he managed to do so, and now, sitting at 36 years of age, he has to get his arm in shape to get his spot in the roster back. 


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    Amber Tucker
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Not only is Havana Heat one of the best baseball novels of all time, it also focuses on the deaf community, which makes it a two-for-one instant hit. Havana Heat tells the history of baseball, and one such pitcher, Luther Taylor. Taylor was a pitcher for the Giants and was, in fact, deaf. The novel is great for baseball fans and newbies (like me!) alike. I thoroughly enjoyed the book itself, but also learning about the history of baseball as I read!"
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    #5The End of Baseball: A Novel

    The End of Baseball: A Novel
    After coming back from Guadalcanal with one less leg and $500 dollars more, Bill Veeck decided to take his promoting spirit to its final step: he decided to sign Larry Dobby, the star player of the Negro Leagues, therefore starting the integration of the black community in the baseball league. 


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    Brandon Carr
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I read this because a friend recommended it to me and I was pretty let down to be honest. I see myself as a sports guy but not really huge into baseball and I just couldn't get into it. I guess if you like baseball and want to read about it then it might be for you but I just found myself thinking "do I really care?" over and over."
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    #6Ball Four

    Ball Four
    This book is a diary of Jim Bouton's 1969 season, a book that caused a shock among the baseball community as it was then first time that someone from inside the world spoke about what was really going on in the Major League.  


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    Pamela Bell
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Ball Four is a diary of Jim Bouton's 1969 baseball season. It's a fascinating book for fans of the sport and its history."
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    #7Man on Spikes

    Man on Spikes
    This book tells the story of Mike Kutner, a fictional baseball player that played his whole life in the minor leagues. Through the sixteen years of his career, Mike had to struggle with both personal and professional crises, something that nowadays players can relate with. 




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    Kevin Johnston
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Being a big baseball fan I had a blast reading Man on Spikes. I really enjoyed reading about Mike Kutner's story and how he overcame his personal problems while become a better baseball player. I'd recommend it to any baseball fan's that enjoy reading and especially those fan;s that have dealt with personal hardship's themselves. "
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    #8The Southpaw

    The Southpaw

    Henry Wiggen is a left-handed pitcher who is told he will become the next baseball's sensation. Written in his own words, this book tells us about how did he manage to please his coach, his girl and himself on its way to the top.


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    Judy Peterson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "More an autobiography of sorts that gives an idea on how players move in their field."
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    #9The Brothers K

    The Brothers K

    This book is the story of the Chance family, whose leaders are Papa Chance, a former MLB player, and his wife. The whole book is narrated by the youngest brother, Kincaid, the one in charge of letting us know about every member of the family.


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    Cristina Escamilla
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I remember a Chance man who graduated from my high school and went on to play baseball. But I don't think his story ended up like this. The book guarantees suspense and an ending that is not the light happy one the reader may want. But one that takes a darker path."
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    #10The Art of Fielding

    The Art of Fielding
    The Art of Fielding is a sports novel by Chad Harbach, first published in 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. it tells the story of Henry Skrimshander, a college varsity baseball player destined for great things.

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    George Gardner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I am a huge baseball fan and love to read books about baseball. This book is one of the best I have ever read with a fantastic story."
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    #11Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America

    Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America

    Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America is a book written by S. L. Price. Published in 2009, it focuses on the history of Minor League Baseball.


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    Kyle Tran
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A terrific tale of the ups and downs of life in baseball's minor leagues. This book was on of the most riveting baseball stories you can imagine. Give it a try, you won't be sorry."
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    #12The 33-Year-Old Rookie

    The 33-Year-Old Rookie

    The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I Finally Made it to the Big Leagues After Eleven Years in the Minors is a memoir written by Chris Coste. Published in 2008, it focuses on the author's experience in playing in the Minor League.


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    Christina Fields
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Decent enough book, obviously some bits are fabricated but an entertaining read about the value of perseverance nonetheless. "
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    #13Where Nobody Knows Your Name

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball is a non-fiction book by John Feinstein. Published in 2014, it focuses on the experiences of minor league baseball players.


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    David Price
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I'm a sucker for baseball novels...they just bring me back to my childhood, and make my heart yearn with nostalgia. "Where nobody knows your name" by John Feinstein, is an out of the park home run! This book starts off inviting, and continues to pull you along like that overzealous best friend! You won't regret this one!"
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    #14The 26th Man

    The 26th Man

    The 26th Man: One Minor League Pitcher's Pursuit of a Dream is a non-fiction book by Steve Fireovid and Mark Winegardner. Published in 1991, it focuses on the story of Steve Fireovid and his experiences in playing in the Minor League.


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    #15Wild and Outside

    Wild and Outside

    Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland is a book by Stefan Fatsis. Published in 1995, it focuses on the influence of a breakaway league to revive the spirit of baseball in America.


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    Craig Burns
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book revives the love for minor league teams and I would argue that there is something different about the love of the game when it comes to minor leagues. It's an interesting take on the game and any fan of the sport should give this one a shot."
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    #16Chasing a Dream

    Chasing a Dream

    Chasing a Dream is a sports novel written by C. J. Boerger. Published in 2012, it focuses on the journey of 33-year-old Charlie Becker, a promising baseball player who's stuck in the Minor Leagues.


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    Alicia Palacios
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Great story about a man that realizes his major league ball playing dream might not happen, being stuck in the minor leagues. It can be paralleled to any situation today where people begin to realize that what they set out to do might not go as planned. If you like baseball, you will love reading about the game."
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    #17Steal Away Home

    Steal Away Home

    Steal Away Home is a sports novel written by Billy Coffey. Published in 2018, it focuses on the story of Owen Cross and his journey on trying to find a balance between the game he loves and the woman he loves.


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    Cynthia Grant
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Steal Away Home struck close to my heart; anyone who has a passion understands how difficult it can be to balance it with relationships. The dialogue in this book was very realistic: I feel like they were replaying many conversations I've had myself. One of the best books at showing the real nature of men's emotional states without getting too corny."


Best What are the best all time baseball novels
1The NaturalBooks 40 Paid
2The Dreyfus Affair: A Love StoryBooks 34 Paid
3Last Days of SummerBooks 32 Paid
4Havana HeatBooks 29 Paid
5The End of Baseball: A NovelBooks 26 Paid
6Ball FourBooks 24 Paid
7Man on SpikesBooks 19 Paid
8The SouthpawBooks 13 Paid
9The Brothers KBooks 11 Paid
10The Art of FieldingBooks 4 Paid

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