All the baseball books that are fit to read

October 17, 2012

(To borrow The New York Times‘ motto)

Marty Appel recently revised his helpful list of baseball titles that have appeared on the Times‘ best-seller list. The article appears on the Sports Collectors Digest website.

As Appel, a former PR director for the New York Yankees, notes there are several familiar books that are conspicuous in their absence including:

  • Lawrence Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times
  • Eliot Asinof’s Eight Men Out
  • Bob Creamer’s biographies of Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel
  •  David Halberstam’s Summer of ’49 and October 1964
  • Frank Graham’s A Quiet Hero
  • James T. Farrell’s My Baseball Diary
  • The Fireside Book(s) of Baseball
  • The Ultimate Baseball Book, which Appel claims “may be the biggest seller of all, but has never cracked the list.”

Then there are those you;d never consider great works but nevertheless did make big time. It would be interesting to go back through all the books that have received the coveted Times inclusion to see how the consumption of literature has evolved over the decades, for better or worse.


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