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  • Dutch
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    Originally posted by mithogo View Post
    I'm reading a new book "Gehrig and the Babe" by Tony Castro (2018.) I'm not enjoying it at all. Maybe it's because I just finished 'Big Fella' by Jane Leavy and "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" Jonathan Eig.

    The Castro book rehashes much of what has already been written. It is an easy book to read because of larger typeface than what is normal for a serious nonfiction book. Also, there is no index which is a disappointment. IMO, serious nonfiction books should have one. Castro includes a lot of fluff, the book reads like a magazine article that has been unprofessionally expanded. He even includes some questionable info about a purported fling between Ruth and Eleanor Twitchell (Gehrig) that supposedly happened in the early '20s.

    This book is lame.

    This post will be included in a review at Amazon by me:GMan.
    Jane Leavy is the best. Her book “The Last Boy,” the best biography ever written about Mickey Mantle, and possibly the best baseball biography ever, was just magnificent.

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  • mithogo
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    I'm reading a new book "Gehrig and the Babe" by Tony Castro (2018.) I'm not enjoying it at all. Maybe it's because I just finished 'Big Fella' by Jane Leavy and "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" Jonathan Eig.

    The Castro book rehashes much of what has already been written. It is an easy book to read because of larger typeface than what is normal for a serious nonfiction book. Also, there is no index which is a disappointment. IMO, serious nonfiction books should have one. Castro includes a lot of fluff, the book reads like a magazine article that has been unprofessionally expanded. He even includes some questionable info about a purported fling between Ruth and Eleanor Twitchell (Gehrig) that supposedly happened in the early '20s.

    This book is lame.

    This post will be included in a review at Amazon by me:GMan.
    Last edited by mithogo; 12-24-2018, 08:13 PM.

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  • MLB4LYF
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    Originally posted by Eddie Ball Four View Post
    It's Good to be Alive - Roy Campanella - 1959.
    I still have the paperback version of this book, and after all these years I still enjoy reading it.

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  • Brad Pitt
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    Hi everyone, it's my 1st post here so I think it's better if I introduce myself. My name is Diego, I'm Brazilian, and I have only recently started to follow baseball, thanks to the book Moneyball (my username is obviously a joke making reference to the film :P). I read Moneyball without even knowing the rules of baseball, because I was told the game itself didn't really matter: it was above all else a business book. And it is partly true. Indeed, without even knowing what is a stolen base or a bunt, I fully understood the point it was trying to make, and the relevance of the A's methods. As a result, though, I found myself very interested in watching a baseball game as soon as I finished the book. I was also lucky to start doing so in a very privileged time, during last year's playoffs... the World Series was brilliant, and all of a sudden I realized Baseball was hands down my favorite American sport.

    Anyway... the reason I am in this thread is: being so new to the game, I obviously still have a lot to learn. I've been reading a lot of stuff about baseball, recent trades and signings (unsurprisingly I picked the A's as my team), but I'd love to know more about the game's history. I got Ken Burn's documentary but still haven't had the time to watch it. And I would prefer a book anyway.

    I'm looking for a book that tells the whole story of the game - even if it does not go too deep in details -, so I can have a general picture of how it developed during time. I love the fact baseball is so connected to its traditions so I want to understand them better.

    A baseball commentator on ESPN Brasil recommended me 'Baseball As America', which I've already ordered from Amazon but has not arrived yet. Do you guys have any other recommendations? That would be much appreciated!

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  • crzblue
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    Sometimes I got to this thrift store in Arcadia that has a lot of books but not in order. I feel like telling them "Can I come one day and organize your books?" just so that I can go thru the whole thing. Anyway, I discovered the San Marino library last weekend. They have a nice bookstore that is even open on Sundays. I bought "Nice Guys finish last" by Leo Durocher. I know you can easily find this book but is the first chance I got to buy it. I also bought a coffee book but with some history about Los Angeles. It was put out by the LA Times when Los Angeles was celebrating 200 years back in 1981. Interesting to see a picture of Dodger Stadium in that book with a ton of unbrellas from a Jehova Witness convention.
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

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  • crzblue
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    Originally posted by Kentucky Bomber View Post
    I found it at a flea market a couple of years ago. It was published in 1952 and is a collection of short stories that may have originally appeared in Esqiure.

    It'll be pretty tough to find in it's original edition, but it was reprinted recently (2002) in soft cover.

    I've had luck in finding older volumes on eBay, and not usually too expensive, unless we're looking at something very old and rare.
    thanks Kentucky Bomber. I know I am late responding. Love your collecting story! You are right that is hard to find old baseball books now days with the dying of old bookstores.

    Emma

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  • Mr. Grission
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    Thought I should add two Mets books that I found to be very enjoyable reads.

    "Last Days of Shea" by Dana Brand and "Faith and Fear in Flushing" by Greg Prince

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Originally posted by King Crimson View Post
    I want to get a book about the cookiecutter ballparks.Any goos books about it that I should picked up?
    Here is a small list of books with respect to baseball parks. Hope this assists you in your search.

    Baseball Stadium books:

    1. Green Cathedrals, by Phillip Lowry, 1992
    2. Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark, by Michael Gershman, 1993
    3. Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields, by Lawrence S. Ritter, 1992
    4. Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks, Past and Present, by Josh Leventhal, 2000
    5. The Ballpark Book, by The Sporting News, 2000
    6. Ballparks: A Panoramic History, by Sandalow and Sutton, 2004
    7. Historic Ballparks: A Panoramic Vision, by Pastier, 2006
    8. Blue Skies, Green Fields, by Ira Rosen, 2001
    9. Storied Stadiums: Baseball's History Through Its Ballparks, by Curt Smith, 2001
    10. The Summer That Saved Baseball: A 38-Day Journey to Thirty Major League Ballparks, by Brad Null, 2001
    11. Fodor's Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballparks Across America, 2000
    12. St. Louis' Big League Ballparks (Images of Baseball), by Joan M. Thomas, 2004
    13. Minor League Baseball Towns of Michigan: Adrian to Ypsilanti: The Teams & the Ballparks of the Wolverine State from the 1880s to the Present, by Marc Okkonem , 1997
    14. The Baseball Stadium Postcard Album: 31 Postcards of American League Ballparks, by Michael Gershman, 1990
    15. Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields, by Lynn Curlee, 2005
    16. Philadelphia's Old Ballparks (Baseball In America), by Rich Westcott, 1996
    17. The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic, by Ron Smith, 2003
    18. Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards and Stadiums, by Michael Benson, 1989
    19. Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina, by Mark Cryan, 2008
    20. Working at the Ballpark: The Fascinating Lives of Baseball People from Peanut Vendors and Broadcasters to Players and Managers, by Tom Jones, 2008
    21. In the Ballpark: The Working Lives of Baseball People, by George Gmelch, 1998
    22. Baseball Visions of the Roaring Twenties: A Fans Photographs of More Than 400 Players and Ballparks of the Era, by George E. Outland, 2009
    23. The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip: A Fan's Guide To Major League Stadiums, by Kevin O'Connell and Joshua Pahigian, 2004
    24. The Ballparks, by Bill Shannon and George Kalinsky, 1975
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-12-2010, 08:45 AM.

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  • Iowanic
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    I'd check with Betty Cocker or Duncan Hines books...

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  • King Crimson
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    I want to get a book about the cookiecutter ballparks.Any goos books about it that I should picked up?

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  • Kentucky Bomber
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    Originally posted by Extra Innings View Post
    Nice collection. What places have you found most of these books? Antique stores?
    I don't know about others, but I've been haunting every manner of bookstore for about 35 years. The occasional antique store or flea market wll yield a treasure now and then. The bad news for anybody starting out now is that the collecting hobby has stripped the dwindling number of bookstores of anything of any age. In the mid 70's I'd come back from used bookstores in the LA area with bags full of stuff from the 50's, even the 30's or 40's. The used bookstore is a dying breed and what little there is to be found is usually pretty recent.

    A collecting story: my wife was in the late stages of pregnancy and we went to Santa Barbara to relax before the baby came. We walked around town, which was full of little shops, and of course I was looking out for books. We passed a shop that was closed, and there in the window was Lee Allen's 1964 history of the World Series. We weren't leaving town until that store opened. On that same trip we came across a bookstore and went in and I looked in vain for the sports section, the two lady proprietors looking at me pretty strangely the whole time we were there. It wasn't until we left and I looked back at the store that I realized it was a shop that dealt exclusively in gay and lesbian topics.

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  • Kentucky Bomber
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    Originally posted by crzblue View Post
    Anyone here read Heavenly World Series? I never heard of the book before but Nao, a Japanese young lady who blogs from Japan was asking me. I never heard of the writer O'Rourke before. Now that I read something about the book, I am going to try to find it.
    Thanks!
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
    I found it at a flea market a couple of years ago. It was published in 1952 and is a collection of short stories that may have originally appeared in Esqiure.

    It'll be pretty tough to find in it's original edition, but it was reprinted recently (2002) in soft cover.

    I've had luck in finding older volumes on eBay, and not usually too expensive, unless we're looking at something very old and rare.
    Last edited by Kentucky Bomber; 02-04-2010, 09:52 PM.

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  • crzblue
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    I love this thread and the picures of the books!
    .
    OK, so I never heard of Frank O'Rourke before but after I googled him, I found that he wrote "Flashing Spikes" which was made into a movie with James Stewart with cameos appearances with Vin Scully and Harry Caray, Jr.

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  • crzblue
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    Originally posted by hurleybaseball View Post
    There has been a quite a few good books about Barry Bonds and the whole steroid situation recently. Adds a lot of insight into the who and why or Barry.

    Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero (Jeff Pearlman)

    Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports (Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams)

    This Gracious Season: Barry Bonds & The Greatest Year in Baseball (Josh Suchon and Bob Nightengale)


    Almost makes you feel sorry for him.
    I did not know Josh Suchon had co-written that book. He hosted Dodger Talk last year.

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  • crzblue
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    Anyone here read Heavenly World Series? I never heard of the book before but Nao, a Japanese young lady who blogs from Japan was asking me. I never heard of the writer O'Rourke before. Now that I read something about the book, I am going to try to find it.
    Thanks!
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

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