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  1. I am still early into “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach, it’s fiction but one of the first chapter has a pretty magical depiction of the main character’s fielding prowess at shortstop.

    Comment by Scott — June 15, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  2. I would recommend the prologue of Don DeLillo’s Underworld. Worth it even if you’re not interested in the bazillion pages that follow. Yeah.

    Comment by Kyle — June 15, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

  3. I thouroughly enjoyed “Baseball America” by Donald Honig.

    Comment by Mike — June 15, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  4. Also by Roger Kahn:
    “The Era: 1947-1957, When the Yankees, the Giants and the Dodgers Ruled the World” and “October Men” are very good.

    As for fiction you should check out The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop by Robert Coover. It was re-issued in Canada last fall. A little on the strange side but worth a look.

    Comment by EdwardM — June 15, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  5. Forgot one…

    “The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macorís” by Mark Kurlansky. A must read for fan of the 1980’s Bluejays or really any baseball fan in general.

    Comment by EdwardM — June 15, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  6. Simply beautiful stuff.

    Any discussion on the great baseball writers needs to include a nod to Roger Angell. And probably for shear ability to capture baseball as the lore of Americana, Mike Shannon’s name should also be mentioned.

    Comment by Ben Wideman — June 15, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  7. Wherever I Wind Up by RA Dickey
    Sixty Feet, Six Inches by Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson

    Comment by Will — June 15, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  8. I’m a big fan of Jim Brosnan, who reads like Kerouac as Nerd.

    Comment by Patrick Dubuque — June 15, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  9. Second.

    Comment by I Saw This on XM Sirius Radio — June 15, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  10. forget the subgenre of baseball, that book is franzenesque in its overratedness

    Comment by cecil — June 15, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

  11. 59 in ’84. I learned more about baseball in the 19th century than from anything else I’ve read. Some of it was simply astonishing.

    Comment by matt — June 15, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  12. What are the best baseball autobiographies?

    Comment by Dave — June 15, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  13. The soul of baseball by Posnanski
    Cardboard gods by Wilker

    Comment by Birch Hannigan — June 15, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  14. the kid from tomkinsville. best baseball book of all time

    Comment by jts5 — June 15, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  15. The Art of Fielding is pretty average and definitely overrated but I very much disagree with everyone ragging on Franzen now, mostly it seems because he started to gush about Harbach. Giant douche the man may be, but he can write and write well.

    Comment by Daniel — June 16, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  16. anything by Jane Leavy. Koufax,Mantle by her are outstanding.

    Comment by nu? billy baroooo — June 16, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

  17. I though franzenesque was a meta-joke about things being Kafkaseque.

    Comment by Røark — June 17, 2012 @ 2:04 am

  18. Pride of the Bimbos by John Sayles

    Comment by Table — June 17, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  19. A False Spring, by former bonus baby and fine writer Pat Jordan is one of the best “baseball books” we ever read. Essentially, it’s a novel about squandering one’s talent, applicable to many of us.

    Jordan has gone on to have a major league career as a writer.

    Comment by El Guapo — June 18, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  20. Bottom of the 33rd is fantastic. Also both of Dirk Hayhurst’s books.

    Comment by Death Valley Scott — June 20, 2012 @ 2:55 am

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