Baseball Best-Sellers, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

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 Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams, by Michael Tackett
  2. House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge, by Lenny Dykstra
  3. Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution, by Brian Kenny (Here’s my Bookshelf Conversation with Kenny.
  4.  The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports, by Jeff Passan
  5. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  6. The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, by Matheny with Jerry Jenkins
  7. The Natural, by Bernard Malamud
  8. The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team, by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller. (A review from The Hardball Times. Lindbergh was also the featured speaker at an author event at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. You can hear him on the store’s podcast here:
  9. I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love, by Tim Kurkjian
  10. Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen.

* Indicates debut on this list

My faith in America improves as Dykstra drops to number two behind a book that seems to be, nostalgically, “what baseball is all about.”

NY Times: Two baseball titles are included in the most recent monthly (July) Times‘ sports list: The Arm is at #6, with Tom Stanton’s Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit at #16.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 1,004,890; last week: 115,571. Whaaaa? Ugly reversal of fortune. ow!

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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