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.
- The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey (This remains on the NY Times non-fiction best-seller list for May 11, at #20.)
- A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams
- Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
- 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever, by Bill Madden
- Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by Michael Feinstein (Bookshelf review and author interview)
- Pete Rose, by Kostya Kennedy (Bookshelf author interview)
- Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, by Mookie Wilson with Erik Sherman
- The Mental Game of Baseball, by H.A. Dorfman
- Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76, by Dan Epstein (Bookshelf author interview)
Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right? (On the bright side, it did enjoy a huge bump — from roughly 756,000 to 283,000 — after a recent presentation on Wednesday.)