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.
- Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter.
- Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997 , by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton
- Hardball Times Annual 2015, by Dave Studenmund
- The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey (Bookreporter.com review)
- Derek Jeter: Excellence and Elegance, by The New York Times
- Triple Crowned: The San Francisco Giants’ Incredible 2014 Championship Season, by Bay Area News Group
- 2014 World Series Champions: San Francisco Giants, by Major League Baseball
- Derek Jeter #2: Thanks for the Memories, by David Fischer
- The Bill James Handbook 2015
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
A book about the Cleveland Indians at number two? The Cleveland Indians? All it would have taken was one more Jeter book to knock Moneyball out of the top ten for the first time probably since I’ve been doing these Friday updates.
Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die, although it is doing a bit better of late. Still, ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right? Amazon just got a new shipment and the holidays are just around the corner.
If you have read it, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon page. Doesn’t have to be long (or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it), but anything would be appreciated. And thanks to those who have :).