The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com.
Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way.
Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work.
Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason this week’s list included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way”, which, far as I can tel, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main. For the sake of brevity, I will be omitting the subtitles which have become ridiculously long in in some cases in recent years.
- A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will (debuted at #14 on last weeks NY Times non-fiction list; #21 this week (April 20))
- Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by Michael Feinstein (Bookshelf review and author interview)
- Pete Rose, by Kostya Kennedy (Bookshelf author interview)
- Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
- Up, Up, and Away, by Jonah Keri
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams
- Wrigley Field: The Centennial, by Les Krantz
- Sports Illustrated’s Baseball’s Greatest (Bookshelf editor interview)
- Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, by Ed Sherman (Bookshelf author interview)
- Baseball Prospectus, by Baseball Prospectus
Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right?