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    Hi I'm a Yankee fan from the UK and would like some suggestions of what are considered to be must read books on the yanks. Im also a Chicago bears fan and because of this and a visit to Chicago I also have a soft spot for the Cubs so any suggestions for books on the Cubbies would also be appreciated. Many TX

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    Life Long Cub Fan

    I have ready more than just a couple of books about the Cubs. There are some that have some longer stories while other are very stats heavy. There are two that I have found to make for nice lite ready and perfecr for on a plane.

    1) Banks to Sandberg to Grace. It is filled with stories of what the players see and hear during thier careers as a Cub.

    2) Wrigleyville. It is simular in content style, but it includes fans and staff of the team through the years.

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    • #3
      As a fellow Yankees fan the first book I would reccomend is Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty by Buster Olney. It's about the recent Yankees dynasy in the late 90's. I've read a few others on the recent teams and I think that one is the best.

      Another good one is Birth of the Yankee Dynasty by Joel Sherman.

      Avoid Pride and the Pressure by Michael Morrissey like the plaque. It might be the worst book, baseball or otherwise, that I've ever read.

      Joe DiMaggio: A Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer is superb. You really feel like you know who Joe was after reading this. He was no humanitarian.

      October 64 and Summer of '49 both by David Halberstam are both fun reads and both feature the Yankees.

      And any list of baseball books from me has to include The New Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James. I think it's the best book about the game I've ever read. I've read it at least 10 times all the way through. If you've never read it I can't reccomend it highly enough.

      Scott
      I told you not to be stupid you moron.

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      • #4
        Glad to see more fans from the UK, you are the 3rd I have seen on this board! ( All have been Yankee fans too ) It's good to see that baseball is moveing across the Alantic!

        Since you are from England you probally don't know about some of most well known like the "Bronx Zoo" by Sparky Lyle or "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton. Both writen by former players. I know most of the posters on here will say duh or why tell him those ones, or there is better books out there but if relativly new to the sport why not reading a couple iconic books.
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        • #5
          Tx for your suggestions I'll give some a look. It is getting more popular over here, we have 2 live games a week on regular tv plus a lot more available on cable/sattelite subscription channels. Teams cropping up around the country and batting cages which are good fun.

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          • #6
            Cheers to another Brit who has found baseball-fever. Welcome!

            Might I recommend Buzz Bissingers "Three Nights in August"? It is a deep look inside a three game series between the Cardinals and the Cubs, and is a fine an insight into the strategy of baseball as I have ever read... especially one from a managers' perspective.

            harvesfield.... I am as big a soccer/football nutter as you will find here in the States, and a huge LFC supporter.

            I would comfortably say that the book is an eqivalent of an examination of tactics of some of the best managers in YOUR country's national game. Think Wenger, Benitez, and Sir Alex, analyzing a two leg European tie, minute by minute, substitution by substitution.

            There are plenty of side stories and human interest stuff about the players to keep the pages turning.

            The book was a best-seller here, and should be readiliy available online, used on auction sites, or on sites like amazon uk.

            Cheers.
            Bryan in Indy
            You'll Never Walk Alone
            "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
              Might I recommend Buzz Bissingers "Three Nights in August"? It is a deep look inside a three game series between the Cardinals and the Cubs, and is a fine an insight into the strategy of baseball as I have ever read... especially one from a managers' perspective.
              You didn't find that one to be too much of a love poem to LaRussa?

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              • #8
                Not strictly on the Yanks, but this is a book you can get in the UK, and it is written by a person who I met on a baseball site
                -Craig W. Thomas- Roads To Redemption
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