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    What is your favorite FICTION baseball book?

    Mine is High Heat.
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  • #2
    I remember growing up I read this:
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    Yankees '09

    Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

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    • #3
      The Celebrant.

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      • #4
        Other than "Where the Red Fern Grows"
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        "By common consent, Ruth was the hardest hitter of history; a fine fielder, if not a finished one; an inspired base runner, seeming to do the right thing without thinking. He had the most perfect co-ordination of any human animal I ever knew." - Hugh Fullerton, 1936 (Chicago sports writer, 1893-1930's)

        ROY / ERA+ Title / Cy Young / WS MVP / HR Title / Gold Glove / Comeback POY / BA Title / MVP / All Star / HOF

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        • #5
          There are two great baseball novels that have gone unmentioned:

          "The Natural" by Bernard Malmud. Much, much darker than the movie. Great novel by any standard

          "The Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh Proprietor" - author's name escapes me at the moment. Guy gets obsessed with his self-invented table-top baseball game.
          Let's rid baseball of the pestilence of the DH now and forever!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948
            Other than "Where the Red Fern Grows"
            I agree w/ "Shoeless Joe."
            1968 and 1984, the greatest ever.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kroxquo
              There are two great baseball novels that have gone unmentioned:

              "The Natural" by Bernard Malmud. Much, much darker than the movie. Great novel by any standard

              "The Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh Proprietor" - author's name escapes me at the moment. Guy gets obsessed with his self-invented table-top baseball game.
              Robert Coover is the author. I think the Universal Baseball Association is the best novel, though Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris is a very close second and it has more memorable moments than the Coover book. Another very good baseball novel is Prospect by Bill Littlefield. A more recent baseball novel, Double Play by Robert Parker, is excellent.

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              • #8
                I'm a fan of the Universal Baseball Association one too -- like The Natural, it's baseball literature, but funny and easy to read too.

                One thing that struck me a while after finishing it was that the proprietor's name is JHWH -- he is God of his own little universe.

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                • #9
                  The Natural is great. Completely different than the movie. No sugar-coating.

                  Kinsella's book Shoeless Joe comes to Iowa is wonderful.

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                  • #10
                    The Great American Novel

                    Anyone who isn't familiar with it, should find a copy of "The Great American Novel" by Philip Roth.
                    It is a HILARIOUS novel about a fictional team, The Rupert Mundys.

                    Dan

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                    • #11
                      For me: The Natural

                      For my 4th grade class: Finding Buck McHenry; a great story about a young boy who befriend an aging Negro League star (or is he?)

                      Syd Finch is also a good read.
                      "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                      "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."

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                      • #12
                        i read a book many years ago about a guy who gets transported back to the 1869 cincinnati reds - not saying it was great - but does anyone know the name or author?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bkmckenna
                          i read a book many years ago about a guy who gets transported back to the 1869 cincinnati reds - not saying it was great - but does anyone know the name or author?
                          If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock.

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