Baseball Best-Sellers, Sept. 25, 2015

September 25, 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.

  1. The Yogi Book, by Yogi Berra
  2. Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift (paperback edition), by Harvey Araton
  3. When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball’s Greatest Heroes (paperback), by Berra
  4. What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, by Berra
  5. Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift (hardcover edition), by Araton
  6. Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, by Allen Barra
  7. Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak, by Travis Sawchik
  8. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. In looking for items for the “Throwback Thursday” entries, I found this review I had done on Moneyball for the Elysian Fields Quarterly in 2003. Totally slipped my mind.
  9. You Can Observe A Lot By Watching: What I’ve Learned About Teamwork From the Yankees and Life, by Berra
  10. When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball’s Greatest Heroes (hardcover), by Berra
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As predicted — but certainly not to this extent — a boom in interest for books by and about the late great Yankee catcher. Only the perennial favorite Moneyball and new-age knockoff Big Data prevented a Berra sweep, once various print editions are considered.

New York Times: On the September list, Knight’s Dodgers book drops from the number three slot to eighth place and remains the only baseball title in the top 10 sports books. Filip Bondy’s Pine Tar Game is #13, with Jeter’s Unfiltered drops to #16 with Dick Flavin’s Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses at #18 and Pedro Martinez’s eponymous memoir right behind .

Not on either list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. As of this post, the ranking froppe to 967,031 from last week’s 414,461. Just sayin’.

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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