TWIBB: July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010 · 3 comments

The top baseball books, according to as of Friday, July 16.

Title Rank
Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, by Bill Madden 1
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis 2
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime, by Scott Turbow and Michael Duca 3
The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran, by Dirk Hayhurst 4
The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View, by Doug Glanville 5
Essays and Writing
Moneyball 1
The Bullpen Gospels 2
The Game from Where I Stand 3
Ball Four, by Jim Bouton 4
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams, by John Updike 5
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, by James S. Hirsch 1
Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman, by G. Michael Green 2
Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s, by Dan Epstein 3
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu 4
The Philadelphia Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition, by Scott Gummer 5
Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan’s Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks, by Zack Hample 1
The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, by Tom Tango et al 2
The Sporting News Baseball Guide, 2003 Edition : The Ultimate 2003 Season Reference 3
Baseball Prospectus 2010
The Bill James Gold Mine 5

(Note: The list includes print editions/baseball titles only, allowing for non-baseball titles and kindle editions that affected the rankings. Also, the rankings change hourly, so the result you get when you visit might not be the same.)

Analysis: Look for as bump on the Madden bio following the death of George Steinbrenner earlier this week, even though it dropped off The New York Times hardcover non-fiction list. No baseball titles in Amazon’s overall top 100, but Steinbrenner (4) and Moneyball (16) are in the top 25 sports best-sellers.

It’s news to me: Perhaps it’s the ripple effect of the passing of one tumultuous owner, but a new bio on former KC/Oakland Athletics kingpin Charles O. Finley breaks into the history category.

I wish I understood how Amazon keeps its stats. How on earth does the Sporting News Baseball Guide from 2003 make it in the top five stats books?

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  • Kevin Glew

    Thanks for the info. How many more copies of Money Ball can Michael Lewis sell? Wow. What until the movie comes out.

  • Ron_Kaplan

    Moneyball has become a text-book of sorts. Still can't picture it as a movie, tho. After all, it IS a book basically about business. Where's the drama? Where's the love interest? I've seen a preliinary script and — sorry to say — it's kinda boring.

  • Kevin Glew

    Hi Ron. I share your feelings about Money Ball – the movie. The movie is supposed to star Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (from Superbad). Can't imagine what role Hill will play.

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