501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Dieby Ron Kaplan
Propounding his “small ball theory” of sports literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature.” Of course he had the relatively small baseball in mind, because its literature is formidable—vast and varied, instructive, often wildly entertaining, and occasionally brilliant. From this
Propounding his “small ball theory” of sports literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature.” Of course he had the relatively small baseball in mind, because its literature is formidable—vast and varied, instructive, often wildly entertaining, and occasionally brilliant. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has chosen 501 of the best, making it easier for fans to find just the books to suit them (or to know what they’re missing).
From biography, history, fiction, and instruction to books about ballparks, business, and rules, anyone who loves to read about baseball will find in this book a companionable guide, far more fun than a reference work has any right to be.
"[501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die is] a generous, well-researched, and entertaining list of suggestions of what to read next."—Allan Wood, The Joy of Sox
"501 Baseball Books is a remarkable compendium of national pastime tomes."—Benjamin Hill, MILB.com
"Every page of this book is a discovery and a delight. Even an avid baseball reader will discover some new books to either check out at your local library or purchase at your local bookstore. . . . As a new baseball season begins, what better time to follow this wonderful roadmap to greater enjoyment of America's greatest game?"—Stuart Shiffman, Illinois Times
"A self-proclaimed pack rat and baseball junkie, it's amazing enough that Kaplan was able to read all 501 of these books—to offer comprehensive summaries of each and every one is a truly remarkable accomplishment."—Foreword Reviews
"A fantastic page-turner. . . . Without a doubt 501 is a SABRite's ultimate reading bucket list."—John Vorperian, Southern New England Chapter, Society for American Baseball Research
"Check off which ones you've read, and jot down a list of ones you'd like to hunt down. Then get busy."—James Bailey, Baseball America
VERDICT Only the best-read baseball fans will fail to find something new here; the author’s well-informed and well-written comments are compelling enough to make this either a worthwhile light read or a handy reference for all readers of baseball literature. —DK
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Ron Kaplan is a sports and features writer and editor for the New Jersey Jewish News. His book reviews, author interviews, and articles have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Baseball America, and Mental Floss, and he hosts a blog on baseball literature.
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If you are a baseball fan and love books about baseball - you need this book! You will find many you have read and need to be read again, or several "home runs" that need to be tracked down like a long fly ball.