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
- A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will (No. 22 on the NY Times non-fiction best-seller list for May 18.)
- The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching and My Life in Baseball, by Willie Randolph*
- Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
- The Bullpen Gospels, by Dirk Hayhurst
- Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by Michael Feinstein (Bookshelf review and author interview)
- The Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game is Really Played, by Jason Kendall with Lee Judge
- 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever, by Bill Madden
- Game Changer: The Baseball Parent’s Ultimate Guide, by Michael McCree
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams
Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right? Father’s Day is coming up, after all. Just sayin’.
* No co-author for this one? If Randolph really wrote this all by himself, of course that’s fine. But if he didn’t I don’t see why there’s no credit given. Contract negotiations aside, it just seems ungracious.