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.
- Ballplayer, by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
- The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
- 42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story, by Ed Henry
- Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, by David Ross with Don Yeager
- The Plan: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty, by David Kaplan
- Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character, by Marty Appel
- Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams with John Underwood
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
- Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, by Keith Law
The books normally used to compile fantasy teams are missing this week. Guess everyone got their rosters in to their various leagues. Back are some old standards, including The Science of Hitting.
MORE lists: Amazon has started a couple of new ones, including “Hot New Releases” and “Most Wished For.” A look at the top three in each, which have remained the same since last week:
Hot New Releases
- Cubs Way
- Faith 42
Most Wished For
- Cubs Way
NY Times monthly sports best-seller list: No baseball books in the March rolls. Cubs Way lands at #5 on the list for the “week” of April 16. Still don’t understand how the plan these things.
Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 1,181,637; last week: 796,684. My forthcoming Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War currently ranks 234,732 in Books, up slightly from last week at 289,978.
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.