Baseball Best-Sellers, June 13

June 13, 2014

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message.

On with the show…

The top ten baseball books as per Amazon.com, as of now.

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. 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.

  1. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey. This moves up to #3 from #5 on the NY Times‘ hardcover non-fiction list dated June 15. The book has been on the list for four weeks. (Bookreporter.com review.)
  2. A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will
  3. Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by Michael Feinstein (Bookshelf review and Conversation)
  4. Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
  5. Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, by Kostya Kennedy (Bookshelf Conversation)
  6. The Yankee Way, by Willie Randolph
  7. 1954, by Bill Madden
  8. If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers, by Mario Impemba
  9. Sports Illustrated’s Baseball’s Greatest.
  10. 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 nigh upon us, after all. In fact, the book was included in this piece by Ed Lucas of the Jersey Journal on that very subject. Just sayin’.

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