Baseball Best-Sellers, December 2, 2017

December 2, 2017 · 0 comments

By now most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention them briefly: The list includes only print editions of books; calendars (even though Amazon includes them on their lists), no audiobooks (as much as I enjoy them), and no kindle (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).

Image result for Aaron Judge the incredible storySo, with all that said…

  1. The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse, by Rich Cohen
  2. The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Michael Silverman
  3. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  4. Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, by David Ross with Don Yeager
  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. Bill James Handbook 2018
  7. The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It, by Lawrence Ritter
  8. Astros Strong: Houston’s Historic 2017 Championship SeasonHouston Chronicle
  9. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  10. Aaron Judge: The Incredible Story of the New York Yankees’ Home Run–Hitting Phenom, by David Fischer

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? A book on Aaron Judge? Here’s hoping he has better luck than another rookie who had a book written about him after a great first season.

Cohen’s book on the Cubs is #8 on the NY Times monthly sports best-seller list.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They DieToday: 918,245; last time: 1,466,414. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War ranks 501,398, last week 600,781. Makes a nice Hanukka present. Both do, actually.

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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