The top baseball books, according to Amazon.com as of Friday, March 18, at 4 p.m.
Analysis: John Thorn is much in the news lately, but has he been appointed official historian for Major League Baseball because of his books, or is his new title selling well because of his appointment as official historian for MLB? It’s the No. 2 title for all sports books. Kennedy’s new DiMaggio bio is No. 3; Keri’s Extra 2%, No. 6 (also in the top 20 are he Kindle editions of the latter two titles).
It’s news to me: Broken Laces? Hey, it’s on the list, so I put it on, no editorializing. According to the blurb, “Jack “The Cannon” Kennedy thinks he’s living the American Dream. A fancy house in the Houston suburbs. A promising career. And a loving wife who tolerates his long hours and selfish ways. In one horrific instant, he loses his wife. Then his job. Then his hope. And that just leaves Kellen, the young son Jack hardly knows or understands. Jack realizes he must reconnect with Kellen or they’ll never get past their shared grief. But Jack’s biggest obstacle is staring back from the mirror. Desperate to reach Kellen, he turns to baseball, the game he once loved. With Jack, a win-at-all-costs former star pitcher, coaching his son’s Little League team, what could possibly go wrong?” Cue the sappy music and pass the tissues (all right, one editorial comment.)