Baseball Best-Sellers, Oct. 16, 2015

October 16, 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 listen to a Bookshelf Conversation with Wheeler here).
  2. The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse, by Molly Knight
  3. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. (My review of Moneyball in the Elysian Fields Quarterly.)
  4. The Yogi Book, by Yogi Berra
  5. The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance, by H.A. Dorfman
  6. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter
  7. 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Jimmy Greenfield
  8. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  9. The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Jerry Silverman
  10. Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty, by Bengie Molina

Surprised more books about the Cubs aren’t in the Top Ten as of this posting.

New York Times: 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: 1,025,728. Last week: 977,927. What’s up with that? Landing past one million is like the Mendoza Line for me.

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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