What are the best baseball books?

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    #1October 1964

    October 1964

    October 1964, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Best Sports Book of the Year., is a novel by award-winning sports novelist, David Halberstam. The novel was published on 

    April 11th, 1995 by Ballantine Books.
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    Nancy Vasquez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "October 1964 is a great book if you want to look at another era of baseball. This is a great way to learn about this period in history of the great sport of baseball. You will learn about the game and the players at this time period. You will learn a lot of details about the struggles of the sports and some of the things that were happening on the sidelines of the sport. "
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    #2Wait Till Next Year

    Wait Till Next Year

    Wait Till Next Year is a touching memoir of Doris Kearns Goodwin where we learn about his love for baseball and the people who have touched his life. The novel was published on June 2nd, 1998 by Simon Schuster.

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    Margaret Fernandez
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I'm not big on baseball, but I loved this book and it made me appreciate the fans more that insist on seeing every world series game. Goodwin really made me cheer for the Dodgers during the story and the fact that it is set in the 50s gave it charm."
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    #3Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy is a well-praised biography of the baseball legend Sandy Koufax, written by Jane Leavy. The book was published on September 2nd, 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    Diana Morales
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Story-line reminds me of a form of biography for lead character. Lead character, however, is to young to end his career as who knows what the end could have been like for him had not his religious belief had not been a deterient"
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    #4Men at Work

    Men at Work

    Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball is a book centered on the study of professional baseball. The book written by sports enthusiast George F. Will has 400 pages.

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    Shreyas Chavan
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is an amazing book that, pardon the pun, covers all the bases. I've never felt so informed about the sport as I do after having read this book. A must read for baseball fanatics, or sports lovers in general. Amazing!"
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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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    Kyle Sullivan
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a good book about a baseball promoter dealing with the perils of signing the first black player into an integrated league. It's a pretty good feel good style of book, giving you a good background on the troubles involved in that time in history in the baseball profession. If you like baseball at all, you'll like this book."
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    #6Veeck--As In Wreck

    Veeck--As In Wreck
    Veeck--As In Wreck is a classic autobiography of Bill Veeck, one of the greatest baseball men in history. The memoir was published on May 24th, 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.
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    Ann Cooper
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "If you are looking for the best baseball book, you should pick up Veeck--As In Wreck. As a classic autobiographical book, Bill Veeck one of the greatest baseballers in history takes readers through his journey in the life of a professional baseball player. I liked the book for what it stood for but not necessarily as a general baseball book as it is fairly specific to the writer as it is an autobiography. "
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    #7The 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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    Craig Nichols
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "It would hard for me to describe The Brothers K as either about baseball or just a book involving a baseball player but otherwise I thought it was excellent. It's definitely a long book but it honestly makes great use of it's space to tell a deap story that I just cannot stop thinking about."
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    #8The 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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    Randy Hanson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Many will say that the movie has outdone the book, pointing to character flaws and small plot holes, but The Natural tells a compelling story of hard work and talent. I read this book years ago to my nephew during his little league days (I left out some of the more adult portions) and, in my opinion, this book is a must have for any baseball fan, especially those who have seen and enjoyed the movie. "
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    #9Last 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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    George Obrien
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Great story for all the baseball fans in the family!A touching story for all."
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    #10Ball 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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    Willie Jacobs
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a great read for any baseball fan. Its a first hand inside look into the day and life of a baseball player. Very interesting."
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    #11The 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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    Gloria Fisher
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Baseball books are pretty niche. The art of fielding though is a sports novel"
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    #12Chasing 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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    Jesse Fox
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you love baseball as much as I do then you won't want to miss reading this book. The true story of an aging minor league player, I found it absolutely compelling. I felt like I was right there with the player as he fought to stay in professional baseball. This one might become a classic!"
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    #13The 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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    Tiffany Wan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I really enjoyed the story Chris Coste tells of his life in the Minor Leagues. His persistence really comes through in an inspiring way. Not only did I get a behind the scene look at professional sports, but also a tale of how resilience and hard work can help you achieve your dreams."
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    #14Steal 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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    Iris Dong
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I have loved the game of baseball ever since my Dad used to take me to the minor league games a lot as a kid. I was not a big fan of this book though. I was hoping for a well written story about baseball and although the story does revolve around the game, it seems to be more about philosophy and religion. "
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    #15Branch Rickey

    Branch Rickey
    Branch Rickey is a biography written by Pulitzer-winning author Jimmy Breslin. It was released in 2011 and is about Branch Rickey, the man who hired the first African-American player to the major leagues and brought down racism.
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    Anthony Douglas
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a great book on the manager that hired the first African American player in baseball. It is a great tale on defying racism and going against the grain. It shows the choices made to stop intolerance and widen our understanding of each other. It shows that baseball was a pivotal step in removing racism and promoting other cultures. From the dugouts to the newspapers, this book on baseball and historical steps towards removing racism should not be overlooked."
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    #16The Toilet Paper Tigers

    The Toilet Paper Tigers
    The Toilet Paper Tigers is written by Gordon Korman which centers on Feather Soft Tigers player Corey Johnson who feels humiliated of being part of the Little League with their team uniforms having images of toilet papers. 
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    Judy Newman
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This story is fantastic, i have had a very good time reading it, is suggest reading it during vacations, i am sure you will have a very qualitative time. "
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    #17Water, Water Everywhere (Sluggers Book)

    Water, Water Everywhere (Sluggers Book)

    Water, Water Everywhere is the fourth book in The Sluggers series written by Loren Lon and Phil Bildner which centers on a baseball team trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt. 

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    Lucy Mao
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This one looks cute. I like the story line and the reviews aren't bad at all. I also like the different viewing options."
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    #18The Boy Who Saved Baseball

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball is written by John H. Ritter which centers on Tom Gallagher trying to save several acres of the land in Dillontown, which is being planned to be sold including the baseball field where he plays. 

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    Kyle Williamson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a good baseball story for young kids. It is kind of a fantasy story about baseball but probably not one of the better baseball books."
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    #19Where 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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    #20The 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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    Howard Allen
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is different than many other baseball books. For one, this is about a minor league player who struggled to make it to the major league. This book is full of heart and is a pretty easy read. I recommend this one for any fan of the game!"
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    #21Wild 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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    Echo Wan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I'm not really a baseball fan but was given this book by my boyfriend who hopes that one day I might become one. This is an interesting story about some guys who form their own minor league and their various challenges and adventures as they do it. I can relate to an extent, but at the same time I just think baseball is so boring so that shadows a bit and might make my opinion less relevant to some shoppers. However, I would almost bet that there are several other people very similar to myself who have been suggested this book or gifted it in hopes that we will come over to the dark side. To them I would say, just read it and say you liked it. Go to some games and all will be fine. You don't have to be a mega fan. Just be a mild enthusiast."
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    #22Heart 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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    Sun Yuan
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Really good if you're into baseball. Personally I'm not, but it's still pretty interesting."

Summary

Best What are the best baseball books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1October 1964Books 34 Paid
2Wait Till Next Year Books 32 Paid
3Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's LegacyBooks 30 Paid
4Men at WorkBooks 28 Paid
5The End of Baseball: A NovelBooks 27 Paid
6Veeck--As In WreckBooks 26 Paid
7The Brothers KBooks 24 Paid
8The NaturalBooks 22 Paid
9Last Days of SummerBooks 21 Paid
10Ball FourBooks 19 Paid
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