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Baseball Books

Discussion in 'Sports' started by njlefty, May 15, 2017.

  1. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    I'm taking a crack at Jim Brosnan's The Long Season, which was about the 1959 season when he was pitching for the Cardinals and then Reds. It is considered a baseball classic.

    Any other good baseball books out there to suggest?

  2. siilverfox

    siilverfox Senior Member

    I have a copy of "42 Faith" by Ed Henry that I haven't started yet. There's a great history of Wrigley Field (Can't remember the exact name) by George Will that I read last year. A friend just finished a recent book about Casey Stengal that he said was great. Sorry, can't remember the exact title of that one either.
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  3. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    I think Will's book is called A Little Place on The Southside, or something like that. His baseball books are very good.

    Any Stengel book is worth a look.

    I have Jim Bouton's Ball Four in the original hardcover when it first came out. Hard to believe, but the season he wrote about is almost 50 years ago. Damn.

    I wish they had Ball Four in either Nook or Kindle, but not currently available.
  4. siilverfox

    siilverfox Senior Member

    That sounds about right! Great book. Lots of trivia.

    Here's an example: What did Jack Ruby do before opening a strip club in Dallas and later on, shooting Lee Harvey Oswald?

    He ran the concessions at Wrigley!
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  5. Greeneyedude

    Greeneyedude Senior Member

    The Koufax book by Jane Leavy was good cause he's such a recluse
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  6. Greeneyedude

    Greeneyedude Senior Member

    Most of Boutons teammates were furious with that book , especially Mantle
  7. Kdrralph

    Kdrralph New Member

    The Natural by Bernard Malamud
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  8. TinCanSailor

    TinCanSailor Senior Member

    Since Wrigely is on the North side, that wouldn't be a very good title :). It's actually "A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred".
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  9. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    He broke the unwritten rule. Though Brosnan did it in 1959, but Bouton did not hold back on anything. Mantle did not talk to him for years, and every time Pete Rose bumped into Bouton, he'd say "Fuck you, Shakespeare."

    All in all, it was a great book. Funny and interesting. I saw Bouton's team play the Yanks that year, 1969.
  10. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Not just baseball, but this book looks fascinating. The author looks at various great sports team and tries to determine what were the components that made them great -- which things they shared in reaching greatness. Great writer, by the way.


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