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The Yogi Book

Yogi Berra

"It's déjà vu all over again"—only better. The Yogi Book, the New York Times bestseller, now has a fresh new design throughout, new photographs, a career timeline, and all-new appreciations by some of his greatest fans, including ...

Published: May 2010

The Long Season

James P. Brosnan

A timeless classic from baseball's golden era, legendary pitcher Jim Brosnan's witty and candid chronicle of the 1959 Major League Baseball season, which set the standard for all sports memoirs to follow.Arguably the greatest sports m...

Published: Jul 2017

The Umpire's Bunkhouse: Baseball Stor...

Michael Marshall Brown

Who are they? The men in blue have masks covering their faces and there's an undeniable, deep mystique about umpires. The Umpire's Bunkhouse, Baseball Stories from Cooperstown's Dreams Park, will give the real truth about umpires. Th...

Published: Apr 2020

Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in ...

Ron Darling

New York Times BestsellerEvery little kid who's ever taken the mound in Little League dreams of someday getting the ball for Game Seven of the World Series. Ron Darling got to live that dream - only it didn't go exactly as planned. In...

Published: Apr 2017

Perfect Game

Stacey May Fowles

A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.  What is it about a man hitting a small white ball with a slim wooden bat out of a ...

Published: Mar 2017

The Ball: Rounding the Globe to Uncov...

John Fox

Anthropologist John Fox sets off on a worldwide adventure to thefarthest reaches of the globe and the deepest recesses of our ancientpast to answer a question inspired by his sports-loving son: "Why do we play ball?"From Mex...

Published: May 2012

The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's...

Dirk Hayhurst

"After many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years spent in the bullpen, I can verify that this is a true picture of baseball."--Tim McCarver   "There are great truths within, of the kind usually unspoken. And as he expresses...

Published: Apr 2010


Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves third baseman and National Hall of Famer Chipper Jones—one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history—shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every othe...

Published: Apr 2018

Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters

Mark Kingwell

Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure—a very successful batter manages a base hit in just three of every ten attempts—Mark Kingwell argues that there is no better tutor of human failure's enduring significa...

Published: Apr 2017

I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: In...

Tim Kurkjian

The New York Times Bestseller!In the aftermath of the Steroid Era that stained the game of baseball, at a time when so many players are so rich and therefore have a sense of entitlement that they haven't earned, ESPN baseball commenta...

Published: May 2017

Is This a Great Game, or What?: From ...

Tim Kurkjian

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has spent more than twenty-five years covering almost three thousand major league baseball games and interviewing about that many players, coaches, managers, and executives.            In Is This a Gre...

Published: May 2008

The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports...

Glen Macnow

When it comes to sports talk, no city has more to say than Philadelphia.With their 2007 The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists, WIP sports radio hosts Glen Macnow and Big Daddy Graham compiled dozens of sports lists to stir up di...

Published: Oct 2019

Ghosts of October: Reflections on Lif...

Kevin Thomas Mulhearn

"Spectacular . . . Remarkable . . . Powerful . . . Compelling . . . Unique . . . Provocative."A BASEBALL BOOK UNLIKE ANY OTHER!In Ghosts of October: Reflections on Life, Death and Baseball, Kevin Thomas Mulhearn, a leading New York a...

Published: Feb 2016

The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless ...

Barry Svrluga

Shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing**WITH A NEW AFTERWORD**"If every era gets the baseball books it deserves, The Grind is definitely one for ours. Svrluga reveals a culture of nonstop stress: a ...

Published: Mar 2016

Red Sox Fans Are from Mars, Yankees F...

Andy Wasif

A tongue-in-cheek look at the complicated love-hate relationship between Red Sox and Yankees fans, how and why it developed, what accounts for the animosity and the grudging respect, and why it and continues to dominate the baseball l...

Published: Apr 2010

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball

George F. Will

In his classic tribute to America's pastime—now with a new introduction—political commentator, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and lifelong sports enthusiast George F. Will travels from the baseball field to the dugout to the ...

Published: Apr 2010
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