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…
Here are the top ten baseball books as per Amazon.com, as of this posting.
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.
- Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
- The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey. (Bookreporter.com review; drops to #19 in the NY Times non-fiction hardcover best-seller list for July 27.)
- A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will
- The Natural, by Bernard Malamud
- Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by Michael Feinstein (Bookshelf review and Conversation)
- Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells All, by Jason Kendall and Lee Judge (Bookreporter review)
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams.
- The Mental Game of Baseball, by H.A. Dorfman
- Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era, by Elfrink and Garcia-Roberts.
- The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, by Ben Bradlee Jr.
Note that the Jim Brosnan books that were in the top 10 the last time I posted the best-seller list are now absent. How quickly we forget.
Also — two titles about Williams, but neither were written by his daughter Claudia.
Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right? Only 10 copies left on Amazon, so don’t delay Just sayin’.