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    1. The Luckiest Man Jonathan Eig
    2. Cobb Al Stump
    3. Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's life Richard Ben Cramer
    4. Jimmie Foxx: The life and time of a baseball HOF W. Harrison Daniel
    5. The Mick: Mickey Mantle with Herb Gluck
    6. Lefty Grove American Original ( just ordered)
    7. The Science of Hitting Ted Williams
    8. Few others which i forgot the names of
    "I was pitching one day when my glasses clouded up on me. I took them off to polish them. When I looked up to the plate, I saw Jimmie Foxx. The sight of him terrified me so much that I haven't been able to wear glasses since." - Left Gomez

    "(Lou) Gehrig never learned that a ballplayer couldn't be good every day." - Hank Gowdy

  • #2
    100 Years of Baseball - Wisnia/Nemec
    Babe (The Legend Comes to Life) - Robert Creamer
    Babe Ruth (His Life and Legend) - Kal Wagenheim
    Babe Ruth (The Big Moments of the Big Fellow) - Tom Meany
    Babe Ruth Story - Auto w/Considine
    Babe (Launching the Legend) - Reisler
    Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot - Paul Aron
    Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron - James Haskins
    Curse of the Bambino - Shaughnessy
    Babe and Me - Dan Gutman
    Babe Ruth (People of Destiny) - Richards
    Babe Ruth (A Daughter's Portrait) - Julia Ruth Stevens
    Cobb - Al Stump
    Luckiest Man - Jonathan Eig
    Pete Rose (My Prison without Bars) - Rick Hill
    Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball - Harvey Frommer
    Joe DiMaggio (The Hero's Life) - Cramer
    The Science of Hitting - Teddy Ballgame

    Reading or in the process of getting:

    Young Babe Ruth (His Early Life and Baseball Career, from the Memoirs of a Xaverian Brother) - Brother Gilbert/Harry Rothgerber
    Babe in Red Stockings - Kerry Keene
    Babe Ruth in Florida - Kevin McCarty
    Babe Ruth (As I Knew Him) - Waite Hoyt
    Burying the Black Sox (How Baseball's Cover-up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded) - Gene Carney

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    • #3
      I have over one hundred baseball books in my collection and it grows every month with a new addition or two.

      I am currently reading the new Tris Speaker bio.I have enjoyed it very much.The next book I plan on reading is the Walter Johnson bio writen by his grandson.

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      • #4
        1. Ball Four - Jim Bouton (not just the greatest baseball book, THE greatest book)
        2. Red Sox Century
        3. Red Sox Nation/Fenway (two titles, same book, but RSN has stuff added at the end that Fenway doesn't... namely the WORLD SERIES! and a quiz that is hilarious)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948
          100 Years of Baseball - Wisnia/Nemec
          Babe (The Legend Comes to Life) - Robert Creamer
          Babe Ruth (His Life and Legend) - Kal Wagenheim
          Babe Ruth (The Big Moments of the Big Fellow) - Tom Meany
          Babe Ruth Story - Auto w/Considine
          Babe (Launching the Legend) - Reisler
          Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot - Paul Aron
          Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron - James Haskins
          Curse of the Bambino - Shaughnessy
          Babe and Me - Dan Gutman
          Babe Ruth (People of Destiny) - Richards
          Babe Ruth (A Daughter's Portrait) - Julia Ruth Stevens
          Cobb - Al Stump
          Luckiest Man - Jonathan Eig
          Pete Rose (My Prison without Bars) - Rick Hill
          Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball - Harvey Frommer
          Joe DiMaggio (The Hero's Life) - Cramer
          The Science of Hitting - Teddy Ballgame

          Reading or in the process of getting:

          Young Babe Ruth (His Early Life and Baseball Career, from the Memoirs of a Xaverian Brother) - Brother Gilbert/Harry Rothgerber
          Babe in Red Stockings - Kerry Keene
          Babe Ruth in Florida - Kevin McCarty
          Babe Ruth (As I Knew Him) - Waite Hoyt
          Burying the Black Sox (How Baseball's Cover-up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded) - Gene Carney
          You should check out The Babe Chases Sixty by John Robertson. It details each of Babe's sixty homers, and also his two World Series homers in 1927.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wamby
            You should check out The Babe Chases Sixty by John Robertson. It details each of Babe's sixty homers, and also his two World Series homers in 1927.
            Thanks for the tip, I'll check that out. How much detail does he go into? Do you have the book?

            It would be nice to have stories behind each one, rather than just the raw data.

            Code:
            HR   Date      Game RuthInning	Opposing Team, Pitcher	       Men   Result
            1   April 15	4     4	  1	Philadelphia, Howard Ehmke	0    W 6-3
            2   April 23	11   11	  1	at Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	0    L 3-4
            3   April 24	12   12	  6	at Washington, Hollis Thurston	0    W 6-2
            4   April 29	14   14	  5	at Boston, Slim Harriss	        0    W 9-0
            5   May 1	16   16	  1	Philadelphia, Jack Quinn	1    W 7-3
            6   May 1	16   16	  8	Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	1   	
            7   May 10	24   24	  1	at St. Louis, Milt Gaston	2    W 8-7
            8   May 11	25   25	  1	at St. Louis, Ernie Nevers	1    W 4-2
            9   May 17	29   29	  8	at Detroit, Harry Collins	0    W 9-2
            10  May 22	33   33	  6	at Cleveland, Benn Karr	        1    W 7-2
            11  May 23	34   34	  1	at Washington, Hollis Thurston	0    L 2-3
            12  May 28 (1)	37   37	  7	Washington, Hollis Thurston	2    W 8-2
            13  May 29	39   39	  8	Boston, Danny MacFayden	        0    W 15-7
            14  May 30	41   41	 11	at Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	0    W 6-5 (11)
            15  May 31 (1)	42   42	  1	at Philadelphia, Jack Quinn	1    W 10-3
            16  May 31 (2)	43   43	  5	at Philadelphia, Howard Ehmke	1    W 18-5
            17  June 5	47   47	  6	Detroit, Earl Whitehill*	0    W 5-3
            18  June 7	48   48	  4	Chicago, Tommy Thomas	        0    W 4-1
            19  June 11	52   52	  3	Cleveland, Garland Buckeye*	1    W 6-4
            20  June 11	52   52	  5	Cleveland, Garland Buckeye*	0    W 6-4
            21  June 12	53   53	  7	Cleveland, George Uhle	        0    L 7-8
            22  June 16	55   55	  1	St. Louis, Tom Zachary*	        1    W 8-1
            23  June 22 (1)	60   60	  5	at Boston, Hal Wiltse*	        0    W 7-4
            24  June 22 (1)	60   60	  7	at Boston, Hal Wiltse*	        1   	
            25  June 30	70   66	  4	Boston, Slim Harriss	        1    W 13-6
            26  July 3	73   69	  1	at Washington, Hod Lisenbee	0    L 5-6
            27  July 8 (2)	78   74	  2	at Detroit, Don Hankins	        2    W 10-8
            28  July 9 (1)	79   75	  1	at Detroit, Ken Holloway	1    W 19-7
            29  July 9 (1)	79   75	  4	at Detroit, Ken Holloway	2		
            30  July 12	83   79	  9	at Cleveland, Joe Shaute*	1    W 7-0
            31  July 24	94   90	  3	at Chicago, Tommy Thomas	0    W 3-2
            32  July 26 (1)	95   91	  1	St. Louis, Milt Gaston	        1    W 15-1
            33  July 26 (1)	95   91	  6	St. Louis, Milt Gaston	        0  	
            34  July 28	98   94	  8	St. Louis, Walter Stewart*	1    W 9-4
            35  August 5   106  102	  8	Detroit, George Smith	        0    W 5-2
            36  August 10  110  106	  3	at Washington, Tom Zachary*	2    W 4-3
            37  August 16  114  110	  5	at Chicago, Tommy Thomas	0    W 8-1
            38  August 17  115  111	 11	at Chicago, Sarge Connally	0    W 3-2 (11)
            39  August 20  118  114	  1	at Cleveland, Jake Miller*	1    L 8-14
            40  August 22  120  116	  6	at Cleveland, Joe Shaute*	0    L 4-9
            41  August 27  124  120	  8	at St. Louis, Ernie Nevers	1    W 14-4
            42  August 28  125  121	  1	at St. Louis, Ernie Wingard*	1    W 10-6
            43  August 31  127  123	  1	Boston, Tony Welzer	        0    W 10-3
            44  Sept 2     128  124	  1	at Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	0    W 12-2
            45  Sept 6 (1) 132  128	  6	at Boston, Tony Welzer	        2    W 14-2
            46  Sept 6 (1) 132  128	  7	at Boston, Tony Welzer	        1    	
            47  Sept 6     133  129	  9	at Boston, Jack Russell	        1    L 2-5
            48  Sept 7     134  130	  1	at Boston, Danny MacFayden	0    W 12-10
            49  Sept 7     134  130	  8	at Boston, Slim Harriss	        1	
            50  Sept 11    138  134	  4	St. Louis, Milt Gaston	        0    L 2-6
            51  Sept 13 (1)139  135	  7	Cleveland, Willis Hudlin	1    W 5-3
            52  Sept 13 (2)140  136	  4	Cleveland, Joe Shaute*	        0    W 5-3
            53  Sept 16    143  139	  3	Chicago, Ted Blankenship	0    W 7-2
            54  Sept 18 (2)147  143	  5	Chicago, Ted Lyons	        1    W 5-1
            55  Sept 21    148  144	  9	Detroit, Sam Gibson	        0    L 1-6
            56  Sept 22    149  145	  9	Detroit, Ken Holloway	        1    W 8-7
            57  Sept 27    152  148	  6	Philadelphia, Lefty Grove*	3    W 7-4
            58  Sept 29    153  149	  1	Washington, Hod Lisenbee	0    W 15-4
            59  Sept 29    153  149	  5	Washington, Paul Hopkins	3	
            60  Sept 30    154  150	  8	Washington, Tom Zachary*	1    W 4-2
            
            * lefthanded pitcher
            
            Home Runs:
            
            vs. Boston (11)
            vs. Cleveland (9)
            vs. Philadelphia (9)
            vs. St. Louis (9)
            vs. Detroit (8)
            vs. Washington (8)
            vs. Chicago (6)
            
            Home Runs by Inning:
            
            First (17)
            Second (1)
            Third (4)
            Fourth (5)
            Fifth (7)
            Sixth (7)
            Seventh (5)
            Eighth (8)
            Ninth (4)
            Eleventh (2)
            
            
            Yankees were 43-9 (.827) in games which Ruth homered 
            HR at Yankee Stadium: 28 
            HR on the road: 32 
            HR off righthanded pitchers: 41 
            HR off lefthanded pitchers: 19 
            Multiple HR games: 8 
            July 8th in Detroit was Ruth's only inside-the-park HR in 1927 
            Two Grand Slams: #57 and #59 
            27 Solo HR 
            His 60 HR drove in 102 RBI

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            • #7
              Books I liked:

              Ball Four
              Only the Ball was white.
              Cobb by Al Stump
              The Natural
              Ted Williams by Leigh Montville
              Moneyball
              I was right on time by Buck O'Neil
              Josh gibson by William Brashler
              Beyond the boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
              I'm currently reading the Boys of Summer
              Some Sammy Sosa biography: my first baseball book
              Baseball's biggest bloopers
              A 100 years in baseball

              Books that could please others but didn't please me:
              Walter Johnson
              Ol'Pete both by Jack Kavanagh
              Ted Williams by Leigh Montville

              Books you should never buy:

              Rookie: When Michael Jordan came to the Minor Leagues by Patton: the worst of the bunch, no baseball, no basketball just the writer trying to get an interview with Jordan he'll never get and writing about it.

              Juiced, yeah I'm ashamed but here in Montreal in librarys you don't have access to that many baseball books and I was craving some baseball litterature. A piece of crap written by a narcissist idiot who trys to preach the good in Steroids.

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              • #8
                Books read Recently

                Luckiest Man-Jonathan Eig; Birdie: Confessions of a Baseball Nomad-Birdie Tebbetts; The 1940 Cincinnati Reds-Brian Mulligan; Red Legs & Black Sox-Susan Dellinger; The Dodgers & Me-Leo Durocher; Joe McCarthy: Architect of the Yankee Dynasty-Alan Leavy; My War With Baseball-Rogers Hornsby; Baseball, I Love You-Charlie Grimm; You Can't Steal First-Jimmie Dykes; The Babe & I-Claire Ruth; My Luke & I-Eleanor Gehrig; The Great baseball Mystery-Victor Luhrs; The Lip-Gerald Eskenazi; A Legend In The Making-Richard Tofel (1939 Yankees); The Story of My Life-Hank Greenberg; Rogers Hornsby-Charles Alexander; Tris Speaker-Timothy M. Gay; & The Giants & The Dodgers-Andrew Goldblatt. Brownie31

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948
                  Thanks for the tip, I'll check that out. How much detail does he go into? Do you have the book?

                  It would be nice to have stories behind each one, rather than just the raw data.

                  Code:
                  HR   Date      Game RuthInning	Opposing Team, Pitcher	       Men   Result
                  1   April 15	4     4	  1	Philadelphia, Howard Ehmke	0    W 6-3
                  2   April 23	11   11	  1	at Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	0    L 3-4
                  3   April 24	12   12	  6	at Washington, Hollis Thurston	0    W 6-2
                  4   April 29	14   14	  5	at Boston, Slim Harriss	        0    W 9-0
                  5   May 1	16   16	  1	Philadelphia, Jack Quinn	1    W 7-3
                  6   May 1	16   16	  8	Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	1   	
                  7   May 10	24   24	  1	at St. Louis, Milt Gaston	2    W 8-7
                  8   May 11	25   25	  1	at St. Louis, Ernie Nevers	1    W 4-2
                  9   May 17	29   29	  8	at Detroit, Harry Collins	0    W 9-2
                  10  May 22	33   33	  6	at Cleveland, Benn Karr	        1    W 7-2
                  11  May 23	34   34	  1	at Washington, Hollis Thurston	0    L 2-3
                  12  May 28 (1)	37   37	  7	Washington, Hollis Thurston	2    W 8-2
                  13  May 29	39   39	  8	Boston, Danny MacFayden	        0    W 15-7
                  14  May 30	41   41	 11	at Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	0    W 6-5 (11)
                  15  May 31 (1)	42   42	  1	at Philadelphia, Jack Quinn	1    W 10-3
                  16  May 31 (2)	43   43	  5	at Philadelphia, Howard Ehmke	1    W 18-5
                  17  June 5	47   47	  6	Detroit, Earl Whitehill*	0    W 5-3
                  18  June 7	48   48	  4	Chicago, Tommy Thomas	        0    W 4-1
                  19  June 11	52   52	  3	Cleveland, Garland Buckeye*	1    W 6-4
                  20  June 11	52   52	  5	Cleveland, Garland Buckeye*	0    W 6-4
                  21  June 12	53   53	  7	Cleveland, George Uhle	        0    L 7-8
                  22  June 16	55   55	  1	St. Louis, Tom Zachary*	        1    W 8-1
                  23  June 22 (1)	60   60	  5	at Boston, Hal Wiltse*	        0    W 7-4
                  24  June 22 (1)	60   60	  7	at Boston, Hal Wiltse*	        1   	
                  25  June 30	70   66	  4	Boston, Slim Harriss	        1    W 13-6
                  26  July 3	73   69	  1	at Washington, Hod Lisenbee	0    L 5-6
                  27  July 8 (2)	78   74	  2	at Detroit, Don Hankins	        2    W 10-8
                  28  July 9 (1)	79   75	  1	at Detroit, Ken Holloway	1    W 19-7
                  29  July 9 (1)	79   75	  4	at Detroit, Ken Holloway	2		
                  30  July 12	83   79	  9	at Cleveland, Joe Shaute*	1    W 7-0
                  31  July 24	94   90	  3	at Chicago, Tommy Thomas	0    W 3-2
                  32  July 26 (1)	95   91	  1	St. Louis, Milt Gaston	        1    W 15-1
                  33  July 26 (1)	95   91	  6	St. Louis, Milt Gaston	        0  	
                  34  July 28	98   94	  8	St. Louis, Walter Stewart*	1    W 9-4
                  35  August 5   106  102	  8	Detroit, George Smith	        0    W 5-2
                  36  August 10  110  106	  3	at Washington, Tom Zachary*	2    W 4-3
                  37  August 16  114  110	  5	at Chicago, Tommy Thomas	0    W 8-1
                  38  August 17  115  111	 11	at Chicago, Sarge Connally	0    W 3-2 (11)
                  39  August 20  118  114	  1	at Cleveland, Jake Miller*	1    L 8-14
                  40  August 22  120  116	  6	at Cleveland, Joe Shaute*	0    L 4-9
                  41  August 27  124  120	  8	at St. Louis, Ernie Nevers	1    W 14-4
                  42  August 28  125  121	  1	at St. Louis, Ernie Wingard*	1    W 10-6
                  43  August 31  127  123	  1	Boston, Tony Welzer	        0    W 10-3
                  44  Sept 2     128  124	  1	at Philadelphia, Rube Walberg*	0    W 12-2
                  45  Sept 6 (1) 132  128	  6	at Boston, Tony Welzer	        2    W 14-2
                  46  Sept 6 (1) 132  128	  7	at Boston, Tony Welzer	        1    	
                  47  Sept 6     133  129	  9	at Boston, Jack Russell	        1    L 2-5
                  48  Sept 7     134  130	  1	at Boston, Danny MacFayden	0    W 12-10
                  49  Sept 7     134  130	  8	at Boston, Slim Harriss	        1	
                  50  Sept 11    138  134	  4	St. Louis, Milt Gaston	        0    L 2-6
                  51  Sept 13 (1)139  135	  7	Cleveland, Willis Hudlin	1    W 5-3
                  52  Sept 13 (2)140  136	  4	Cleveland, Joe Shaute*	        0    W 5-3
                  53  Sept 16    143  139	  3	Chicago, Ted Blankenship	0    W 7-2
                  54  Sept 18 (2)147  143	  5	Chicago, Ted Lyons	        1    W 5-1
                  55  Sept 21    148  144	  9	Detroit, Sam Gibson	        0    L 1-6
                  56  Sept 22    149  145	  9	Detroit, Ken Holloway	        1    W 8-7
                  57  Sept 27    152  148	  6	Philadelphia, Lefty Grove*	3    W 7-4
                  58  Sept 29    153  149	  1	Washington, Hod Lisenbee	0    W 15-4
                  59  Sept 29    153  149	  5	Washington, Paul Hopkins	3	
                  60  Sept 30    154  150	  8	Washington, Tom Zachary*	1    W 4-2
                  
                  * lefthanded pitcher
                  
                  Home Runs:
                  
                  vs. Boston (11)
                  vs. Cleveland (9)
                  vs. Philadelphia (9)
                  vs. St. Louis (9)
                  vs. Detroit (8)
                  vs. Washington (8)
                  vs. Chicago (6)
                  
                  Home Runs by Inning:
                  
                  First (17)
                  Second (1)
                  Third (4)
                  Fourth (5)
                  Fifth (7)
                  Sixth (7)
                  Seventh (5)
                  Eighth (8)
                  Ninth (4)
                  Eleventh (2)
                  
                  
                  Yankees were 43-9 (.827) in games which Ruth homered 
                  HR at Yankee Stadium: 28 
                  HR on the road: 32 
                  HR off righthanded pitchers: 41 
                  HR off lefthanded pitchers: 19 
                  Multiple HR games: 8 
                  July 8th in Detroit was Ruth's only inside-the-park HR in 1927 
                  Two Grand Slams: #57 and #59 
                  27 Solo HR 
                  His 60 HR drove in 102 RBI
                  I have the book. It gives accounts of each of the games and a lot of background of the 1927 season. It's good. Each HR is detailed. It's my favorite type of baseball because it was researched from contemporary sources. It's very similar to Streak, which was a game by game account of DiMaggio's hit streak in 1941.
                  Last edited by wamby; 03-02-2006, 03:44 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brownie31
                    Luckiest Man-Jonathan Eig; Birdie: Confessions of a Baseball Nomad-Birdie Tebbetts; The 1940 Cincinnati Reds-Brian Mulligan; Red Legs & Black Sox-Susan Dellinger; The Dodgers & Me-Leo Durocher; Joe McCarthy: Architect of the Yankee Dynasty-Alan Leavy; My War With Baseball-Rogers Hornsby; Baseball, I Love You-Charlie Grimm; You Can't Steal First-Jimmie Dykes; The Babe & I-Claire Ruth; My Luke & I-Eleanor Gehrig; The Great baseball Mystery-Victor Luhrs; The Lip-Gerald Eskenazi; A Legend In The Making-Richard Tofel (1939 Yankees); The Story of My Life-Hank Greenberg; Rogers Hornsby-Charles Alexander; Tris Speaker-Timothy M. Gay; & The Giants & The Dodgers-Andrew Goldblatt. Brownie31
                    How is Durocher's book? I've just read some reviews from May of 1948 and it was controversial in the baseball community.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wamby
                      How is Durocher's book? I've just read some reviews from May of 1948 and it was controversial in the baseball community.
                      It is an interesting read, but of course slightly after it came out Durocher skipped to the Giants knowing this made it somewhat hollow to me. Also, books in 1948 weren't as "tell all" as books in 1975 when Durocher wrote "Nice Guys Finish Last". Still, all in all, worth a read. Brownie31

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MapleSyrupMan
                        1. Ball Four - Jim Bouton (not just the greatest baseball book, THE greatest book)
                        2. Red Sox Century
                        3. Red Sox Nation/Fenway (two titles, same book, but RSN has stuff added at the end that Fenway doesn't... namely the WORLD SERIES! and a quiz that is hilarious)
                        Read your post yesterday. Purchased Ball four. I am half way
                        through the book and agree that it is an excellent book.
                        thanks,

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                        • #13
                          Shadows of Summer- Donald Honig
                          Lost Ballparks- Lawrence Ritter
                          Brooklyn Dodgers- Frank Graham
                          Green Cathedrals- Philip Lowery
                          The Roaring Redhead- Don Warfield
                          New York City Baseball- Harvey Frommer
                          Take Me Out To the Ballpark- The Sporting News
                          Superstars and Screwballs- Richard Goldstein
                          Ebbets Field: Brooklyn's Baseball Shrine- Joseph McCauley
                          Thats just for starters.

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                          • #14
                            Anyone read latest sci-fi one?

                            It's called, "How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series " Guy travels back to 1908 to kidnap some of the players from then; couple Amazon reviews said it was funny.
                            If Baseball Integrated Early - baseball integrated from the beginning - and "Brotherhood and baseball," the U.S. history companion, at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Baseballifsandmore - IBIE updated for 2011.

                            "Full House Chronology" at yahoo group fullhousefreaks & fullhouse4life with help of many fans, thanks for the input

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                            • #15
                              1. Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's life Richard Ben Cramer
                              2. Hustle:the life and lies of Pete Rose
                              3. Ball Four
                              4. Little League Confidential
                              5. The Game
                              6. Men at Work
                              7.And plenty of others I cant remember
                              Born True Blue

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