Baseball Best-Sellers, Oct. 9, 2015

October 9, 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.,204,203,200_.jpgPitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game, by Bob Gibson with Lonnie Wheeler (you can ousten to a Bookshelf Conversation with Wheeler here).
  2. 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.
  3. The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse, by Molly Knight
  4. The Yogi Book, by Yogi Berra
  5. Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen
  6. The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Jerry Silverman
  7. Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak, by Travis Sawchik
  8. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  9. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter
  10. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City, by Jonathan Mahler

The list is returning to “normal,” with the passing of Yogi Berra dropping from collective memory already. Hard toi believe we’re coming up on the 40th anniversary of the subject of Mahler’s Bronx is Burning.

New York Times: The October list is out and it’s bad news for baseball books: Only one title appears in the top 20 and it’s Jeter’s Unfiltered, coming in at Number 14. And considering it’s not much from a literary standpoint (all due respect), that’s even more sad.

Not on either list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. This week: 977,927. Last week: 440,456. What’s up with that?

If you have read 501, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon page; it’s never too late. 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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