Since I just finished it up last month I thought I'd look back at what baseball related books I've read in the last decade or so.
I'm currently reading Charles Euchner's The Last Nine Innings and have a small stack on the bedside stand just begging to be read. I'm also plugging through Bill Veeck's The Hustler's Handbook.
This list is in a rough chronological order, with the most recently read near the top.
- Neal Karlen's Slouching Towards Fargo
- Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo's Baseball Confidential
- Alan Ross's Echoes from the Ballpark
- Warren Jay Goldstein's Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball
- Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo 's Baseball Hall of Shame 3
- Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo's The Baseball Hall of Shame 2
- Elden Auker's Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms: A Lifetime of Memories from Striking Out the Babe to Teeing It Up With the President
- Harry Caray's Holy Cow!
- Yogi Berra's The Yogi Book
- Lawrence S. Ritter's The Glory of their Times
- Pat Jordan's A False Spring
- Robert Obojski's Baseball's Strangest Moments
- Fastball Makov's (editor) Baseball Bafflers : Quizzes, Trivia, and Other Ballpark Challenges
- Jim Murray's Jim Murray, An Autobiography
- Troy Soos's Murder at Fenway Park
- George Will's Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball
- Troy Soos's Murder at Ebbetts Field
- A. Bartlett Giamatti's Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games
- Jim Bouton's Ball Four
- Daniel Paisner's The Ball
- Orel Hershiser's Between the Lines: Nine Principles to Live By
- Bob Uecker's Catcher In The Wry
- Ron Luciano and David Fisher's Strike Two
- Frank Deford's Casey on the Loose
The Orel Hershiser is the only book that I've read in one sitting. It was a birthday gift from my wife and I was in the mood to not put it down until I had finished reading it.
As far as just darn good writing and a joy to read I'd have to go with the Pat Jordan. It is a look at his time in the minors. There is a wonderful passage in which he describes a meal that the players eat while in the south. Brilliant prose.
For more reading ideas Ron Kaplan has a wonderful blog at Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf.
So, what have you been reading lately?