Wednesday, October 25

20 Baseball Books

"... Baseball is America's language, even its glue. Or as the poet Donald Hall puts it in an introduction to this book: 'It is by baseball, and not by other American sports, that our memories bronze themselves. . . . By baseball we join hands with the long line of forefathers and with the dead.' Diamonds Are Forever, an elegant collection of text and artwork edited by Peter H. Gordon, a curator at the New York State Museum, with the assistance of Sydney Waller and Paul Weinman, is the color catalogue of a traveling exhibit. ... There is something to every taste in Diamonds Are Forever, with its excerpts from 55 writers ranging from Woody Allen to Ernest Hemingway to Carl Sandburg and works by 90 artists, including Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence and Elaine de Kooning. Here is the last sentence of Catfish Hunter's brief speech on Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium: 'Thank you, God, for giving me strength, and making me a ballplayer.'..."
NY Times - "Spring Training," a 1981 oil on canvas by Gerald Garston

5 Seasons - Roger Angel
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series - Eliot Asinof
Why Time Begins on Opening Day - Thomas Boswell
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Met's First Year - Jimmy Breslin, Bill Veeck
The Long Season - Jim Brosnan
The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball - Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir - Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn
Summer of '49 - David Halberstam
A Day In The Bleachers - Arnold Hano
Beyond the Sixth Game - Peter Gammons
The Bronx Zoo - Sparky Lyle, Peter Golenbock
Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball - Peter H. Gordon (Editor), Donald Hall (Introduction)
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
A Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution - Marvin Miller
American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith
The Glory of Their Times - Lawrence Ritter
Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy - Jules Tygiel
Weaver on Strategy - Earl Weaver
The Science of Hitting - Ted Williams

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