Baseball Best-Sellers, Aug. 7, 2015

August 7, 2015

NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on with the show…

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. https://books.google.com/books/content/images/frontcover/qn815Ztv_iUC?fife=w300The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse, by Molly Knight
  2. The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season, by Barry Svrluga
  3. The Mental Keys to Hitting: A Handbook of Strategies for Performance Enhancement, by H.A. Dorfman
  4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  5. The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance, by H.A. Dorfman
  6. Pedro, by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman (My review on Bookreporter.com)
  7. The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy, by Filip Bondy (My Bookreporter.com review here and Bookshelf Conversation here)
  8. The Natural, by Bernard Malamud
  9. Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen
  10. Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak, by Travis Sawchik

Dorfman’s other major piece of “funda-mentals” returns to the list.

New York Times: On the August list, Knight’s book about the Dodgers debuts in the number three slot and is the only baseball title in the top 10 sports books. Jeter’s Unfiltered is #12 with another new arrival, Dick Flavin’s Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses at #13, followed by Pedro at #16. Flavin is the PA announcer at Fenway Park and the team’s poet laureate.

Not on either list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. As of this post, the ranking is 984,265, down significantly from last week’s 770,292. C’mon, people, we can do better than that.

If you have read 501, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon page. There haven’t been any in awhile. 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.

 

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