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.
- This Old Man: All in Pieces, by Roger Angell
- The Bill James Handbook 2016
- The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Jerry Silverman
- Taking the Crown: The Kansas City Royals’ Amazing 2015 Season, by Matt Fulks
- 2015 World Series Champions: Kansas City Royals, by Major League Baseball
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. (My review of Moneyball in the Elysian Fields Quarterly.)
- More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture, by Dayton Moore.
- Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game, by Bob Gibson with Lonnie Wheeler (you can listen to a Bookshelf Conversation with Wheeler here).
- Sports Illustrated Baseball’s Greatest, by SI
- The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball, by Charles Fountain
Nothing remarkable on this week’s list other than the return of the Sports Illustrated title. It’s that time of year when coffee table books will be popular purchases as gifts. The Royals books remain in high regard.
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: 727,567. Last week: 509,233. Not bad at this point, but could be better.
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.