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 a recent listing 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 tell, 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, also at my discretion.
- A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will (This returns to the NY Times best-seller list, weighing it, as of this writing, at #22.)
- Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, by Mookie Wilson with Erik Sherman
- Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by Michael Feinstein (Bookshelf review and author interview)
- Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
- Pete Rose, by Kostya Kennedy (Bookshelf author interview)
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams
- Up, Up, and Away, by Jonah Keri
- The Mental Game of Baseball, by H.A. Dorfman
- Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and Reflections on the Game I Love, by Jason Stark
- Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76, by Dan Epstein (My Bookshelf Conversation with Epstein will be posted in May 5)
Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right?