A list of baseball’s best, courtesy Dan Epstein, Esquire

August 20, 2013

See what I did there? I combined Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s, with the publication to which he contributed this article on “The 20 Best Baseball Books Ever,” his choice for the top 20 non-fiction titles in the genre to make it seem like he’s a nobleman, or landed gentry, or lawyer, or some such thing. Heh.

Since he ranks them from No. 20 to No. 1, you know there’s going to be a lot of conversation, both for the rankings and the favorites he left out.

My one complaint — and it’s not about Epstein and his choices (although he did omit 501; an oversight, doubtless) — is the overall mechanism websites/publications use to turn these things into slide shows rather than a single article. Guess their corporate egos really need to accumulate those click-throughs by making visitors go one page at a time.


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