Baseball Best-Sellers, Nov. 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions (no kindle or audio versions) because I’m old school.

Second, 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.

Third, sometimes the list-makers will try to pull a fast one by including a book in a category to which it should not be listed. 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. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles here.

Finally, adults only here. That is, no books for younger readers (although no erotic fiction that features baseball as a theme either. And goodness knows there are a bunch of those).

So, with all that being understood…

  1. Image result for 2017 WORLD SERIES PROGRAM DODGERS VS. ASTROS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PROGRAMThe Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse, by Rich Cohen
  2. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  3. Bill James Handbook 2018
  4. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  5. 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
  6. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  7. 2017 World Series Champions: Houston Astros, by Major League Baseball
  8. The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques, by Jay Jaffee
  9. 2017 World Series Program Dodgers Vs. AstrosS Championship Game Program
  10. The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Michael Silverman

I have mixed feelings about putting in the items about the World Series. These have become standards, quickly-put-together glossies taking advantage of the event while it’s hot. But since they are print editions… I wonder how long it will be before see have a real title about the Astros and their success.

There are no baseball titles on the current New York Times monthly sports bestseller list.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They DieToday: 1,423,296; last time: 1,405,004. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War ranks 1,034,477, almost twice as good as from last week (1,034,477). I’ll be speaking at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival next month at their Sports Night program with John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro, co-authors of One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime. Perhaps that’s where the bump came from.

If you have read either of those books, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing an Amazon review; it’s never too late. (And thanks to those who have.) Doesn’t have to be long or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it. Although I would warn you to understand what it is you’re reading. My editor tells me I shouldn’t worry over bad reviews and normally I don’t. But one Greenberg reviewer complained because apparently he felt it wasn’t long enough and that it wasn’t a full biography. Sorry, but caveat emptor: The title clearly states this book covers just one season in his career. If you’re disappointed for that reason, then that’s on you.

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