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    1. The Echoing Green: The Untold
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    2. Sports Illustrated: The Baseball
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    3. A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's
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    4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning
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    5. Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's
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    6. Feeding the Monster: How Money,
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    7. Blackboard Strategies: Over 200
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    8. Clemente: The Passion and Grace
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    9. Three Nights in August
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    10. Mickey Mantle: Stories and Memorabilia
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    11. The Big Bam: The Life and Times
    12. I Was Right on Time
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    13. Baseball Between the Numbers
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    14. Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards
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    15. Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds,
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    16. The Glory of Their Times
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    17. Baseball For Dummies (For Dummies
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    18. Coach: Lessons on the Game of
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    19. The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty:
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    20. The New York Yankees Illustrated

    1. The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World
    by Pantheon
    Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0375421548
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    In 2001, the 50th-anniversary year of "The Shot Heard 'Round the World," Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run against the Dodgers that is almost unanimously considered the greatest moment in baseball history, Joshua Prager broke the story in Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars This should have been a much better book
    This should have been a great book.It deals with an absolutely fascinating subject, the intersection between the Bobby Thomson home run to win the National League pennant in 1951 and how that home run resonated in American culture and the effect of the home run both on the hitter and the pitcher Ralph Branca.There is much amazing research and some very powerful sections of the book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Giants DID steal the 1951 pennant !!!
    In 1951, the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the National League pennant when Bobby Thomson hit a home run off Brooklyn pitcher Ralph Branca in the Giant's home park to end the third game of a three-game playoff series. I was a very small child growing up in Brooklyn then.To this day, I find it astonishing that I did not know of the event when it happened. Perhaps, it was because adults shielded children from the tragedy and did not discuss it in their presence.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly researched!
    I couldn't put this book down. I was born in 1966 so I don't know much about the "Shot Heard Round the World." I am a baseball fanatic but even if I wasn't, this book develops the characters of two people who were drawn to each other for a lifetime because of one simple moment that was so important for so many. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1923-    2. 20th century    3. Baseball    4. Baseball - History    5. History    6. New York    7. New York (State)    8. New York Giants (Baseball team)    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. Thomson, Bobby,    12. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History   


    2. Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book
    by Sports Illustrated
    Hardcover (17 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1933405236
    Sales Rank: 343
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book
    A must for any Baseball fan. The photos in this book are simply amazing. It will make you fall in love again with the game you grew up on. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - General    4. Baseball - History    5. Baseball players    6. Biography    7. Essays    8. History    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. Subjects & Themes - General    12. United States    13. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


    3. A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports
    by Viking Adult
    Hardcover (05 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 067003794X
    Sales Rank: 3482
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Baseball Book & Best Law Book I've Read In Years
    Brad Snyder has done it again. Following on the heels of his much-acclaimed Beyond The Shadow of the Senators, Snyder returns to the pinnacle of his profession with A Well-Paid Slave, a gripping account of Curt Flood's fight for free agency in professional sports. In my opinion, Snyder's latest work is at once the best baseball book and the best law book that I've read in years. It is a gem that shows off Snyder's talents as a writer, researcher, and legal analyst.
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    Subjects:  1. African American baseball players    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - History    4. Baseball players    5. Biography    6. Free agents (Sports)    7. Sports    8. Sports & Recreation    9. United States    10. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History   


    4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
    by W. W. Norton & Company
    Paperback (April, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0393324818
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
    This is a perfect example of edutainment at its best.Terrfic fun while simultaneously teaching you a great deal about the key factors that determine a teams win rate.Aside from the style and the analysis this book also does something even more valuable: It highlights a management approach that is truly based on merit, as opposed to how "pretty" an athelete is or how much charisma they have.For people who believe that the USA is as close as any country to being a meritocracy - this book is a shining example of just that.I am truly astonished and dismayed by the negative reviews I have read.I can't wait for Lewis to write his next book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Reveals More About Baseball
    Money Ball was a great book. It shows that you don't need money to win in baseball(take that Yankees ;-P) Michael Lewis reavels that the team with the 2nd lowest payroll, the Oakland Athletics, can have so much dominance and success in a game where the best baseball players usually end up with the richest team. Lewis also tells the story of Billy Beane the GM of the Athletics. Billy's bad attitude and foul temper prevented him from making in the MLB. He exerts his attitude as a force over the so-called "experts" when a desicion must be made. Billy constanly goes against what the scouts think a drafts players that nobody has heard of. He shows that there are many aspects of the game that we don't know. All in all, this was an excellant book. My only complaint was that there was a lot of swearing.--- Jesse Hartman

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great read!
    If you are a fan, this is a great read.If you are not a fan, but just interested in the game, it is still a great read.What I find most amusing are the baseball "experts" who poo-poo Billy Bean's approach to fielding and running a baseball team."The proof of the pudding is in the eatin'" and the cognocenti appear to dislike the taste.The Oakland A's have been one of the stellar teams, yet, it appears that success is not what is important.What is important is success based on the recipe that the "experts" write. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - General    3. Baseball players    4. Economic aspects    5. Management - General    6. Salaries, etc.    7. Scouting    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Sports Economics    11. United States    12. USA   


    5. Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox
    by ESPN Books
    Paperback (05 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1933060131
    Sales Rank: 861
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for your preparedness kit
    Takes up less space the "rolled" bathroom tissue.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The joy is in the footnotes
    As a religious reader of Simmons' stuff online, I was sketpical about buying this book. The extensive footnotes, however, which contain added jokes, exponential material and goofy asides made it more than worthwhile. The fun of this collection wasn't so much in reading the articles again, but in learning what the author thought about them as time passed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No need to love baseball to love this book
    I was actually reading one of the classics received by my sister and brother-in-law (both teachers) when this book arrived in the mail...needless to say, the classic sat and gathered dust while I tore through the whole book without stopping.If you a sports fan and/or pop culture fan, you will find this book extremely entertaining.Even if you don't know the finer points of baseball, or the gruesome details of the Red Sox's struggles before winning the big one, this book will still keep you riveted and laughing long after your first web search for some of the more obscure movie star and sports star references.No longer a hidden gem, Bill Simmons has made his mark and is becoming a household name, and has drawn in non-sports fans to join his die-hard New England followers.If you are already a big sports fan, then you probably don't need to read this review as you already have the book in your possession... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - History    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation    6. Sports & Recreation / General   


    6. Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
    by Simon & Schuster
    Hardcover (01 July, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0743286812
    Sales Rank: 5355
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Feeding the Monster Satisfies
    In author and Vanity Fair editor, Seth Mnookin's, ode to the Boston Red Sox, Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top, you will find much more than you bargained for! Mnookin begins with a brief biography of the Red Sox peppered with League history and unique player backgrounds in Part I: A Century of Boston Baseball. Here we learn more about Tom Yawkey than any newspaper ever revealed since Yawkey bought the Red Sox just before his 30th birthday in 1933, and we find out just exactly what lies behind "The Curse of the Bambino".
    5-0 out of 5 stars Good read
    I burned through this book, as I do believe it's a great read for true Sox fans. To disagree with a few reviews: 1) I don't think you can get this sort of behind the scense glimpse at the management level info from reading the Globe/Herald. You can't believe 1/2 of what they print. 2) It doesn't focus on the clubhouse/players, as someone pointed out, but that's not the goal.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Sports Book - Could Not Put It Down!!
    I just (last night) got back from Asia and thank God I had this book to read on all my plane rides.It was a GREAT book, and that comes from a Cardinal fan.This was as good if not the best sports book I have ever read.I would say that I am jealous of Seth, but I am not.While I would have loved to follow the team and the inner workings as he did, I could never have retold the story as he did.I could not put the book down.
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    Subjects:  1. (2004)    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - History    4. Baseball - Specific Teams    5. Baseball fans    6. Boston    7. Boston Red Sox (Baseball team)    8. History    9. Massachusetts    10. Sports    11. Sports & Recreation    12. World Series (Baseball)    13. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


    7. Blackboard Strategies: Over 200 Favorite Plays From Successful Coaches For Nearly Every Possible Situation (Winning hoops)
    by Lessiter Pubns
    Paperback (30 August, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0944079318
    Sales Rank: 5923
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I was looking for new plays and ideas..Got a lot of great ideas

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blackboard strategies
    Excellent concise book with plenty of ideas to suit any type of team you coach. Great ideas and easy to read and understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to build FUN-damental hoops knowledge base
    Whether you are a coach (at any level) or a casual fan, this book has something for you. Page after page of plays guarantee you'll find something that works for you.
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    Subjects:  1. Coaching - Baseball    2. Sports    3. Sports & Recreation    4. Sports & Recreation / Basketball    5. Basketball    6. Coaching    7. Offense    8. Strategy   


    8. Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
    by Simon & Schuster
    Hardcover (25 April, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0743217810
    Sales Rank: 3864
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great story, Great man
    This was a great read whether you're a Pirates and/or Clemente fan or not. You walk away from it truly appreciating the game, Roberto and his charitable side.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Career and Life Beyond the Statistics
    I have always been an admirer of Roberto Clemente. During his career he stood out because of his high batting averages in a period of pitcher dominance and legendary throwing arm. Watching his performance on television in the 1971 World Series sealed the deal for me. That World Series was one of the most entertaining of my life (I am not a Pirates fan) and his heroics were largely responsible. He really did seem to almost single-handedly lead the Pirates to victory over the favored Orioles, not withstanding the significant, if not vital, contributions of other Pirates such as Steve Blass (especially), Bob Robertson, and Bruce Kison. Although Clemente had a reputation for being a hypochondriac and difficult with the press earlier in his career, by this time he was universally admired and grouped with baseball's elite. Clemente, by David Maraniss, tells the story of how this came about. Starting with Clemente's boyhood in Puerto Rico, Maraniss chronicles his life and times. Besides describing his journey as a Hall of Fame ballplayer and development as a bona fide role model, Maraniss also presents a portrait of the era. Adding to the tragedy of Clemente's early death is that he could have had as equally a rewarding life after baseball as a public figure, philantropist and possibly a politcian.I learned a lot about baseball in Puerto Rico and the difficulties and discrimination Clemente faced as a black man coming into a foreign culture. The book is a reminder that bigotry did not stop in organized baseball with the advent of Jackie Robinson. For those interested in baseball history, the book contains an interesting profile of the World Champion 1960 Pittsburg Pirates and the city of Pittsburg in the fifties through the early seventies. The 1971 World Championship then served as Clemente's coronation into the baseball pantheon. Whether Clemente was truly one of the greatest of all time is open to debate. My opinion is that while he was a solid Hall of Famer, Clemente was a level below such players as Mays, Aaron, and Mantle. The stats simply do place him at their level. I understand that there is more to baseball than the statistics. At one point Maraniss acknowledges Clemente's statistical weaknesses, but he points that his greatness, like an artist, cannot be measured. I agree with him that there is more to rating a player than raw statistics. However, the same can be said for the three players mentioned above and many others. In my opinion, Clemente was a great player, but does not deserve the canonization that some call for to this day. However, as a man, Clemente should be judged on more than statistics when reviewing his life. I will conclude by saying he led a good life, made a positive and lasting impact on the world, and provided me (and many others) with many thrills and chills on the baseball field.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Baseball even if your don't know the game
    I am not a sports fan so I don't follow any of the happenings in those fields.Therefore, I was not sure that I would enjoy CLEMENTE but listened to it anyway.What I am is a Curious Kitty meaning that I like to know about people and their lives.This book is that type of story.
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    Subjects:  1. 1934-1972    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - History    4. Baseball players    5. Biography    6. Biography & Autobiography    7. Biography / Autobiography    8. Biography And Autobiography    9. Biography/Autobiography    10. Clemente, Roberto,    11. Ethnic Studies - Hispanic American Studies    12. Puerto Rico    13. Sports - Baseball    14. Sports - General    15. Biography & Autobiography / Sports   


    9. Three Nights in August
    by Houghton Mifflin
    Hardcover (05 April, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0618405445
    Sales Rank: 5063
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Memories for Cardinals fans delivered in terrible prose
    This lifelong Cardinals fan managed to get through the book, but it's hard to imagine any non Cardinals fan who is not a speed reader doing the same.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Three Nights In August
    Great baseball book. Very well written. Speaks to the hardship of coaching and the sacrifices that Tony LaRussa has made. Contains some interesting stories.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Quick read but has staying power
    I bought this book in an airport and read it over several days on airplanes.It held my interest pretty well.It compares well to some of the best baseball writers and is a mix of story-line and analysis.Basically it covers a 3 game series between the Cubs and Cards in August 2003.There are several excursions into timelines of various players and events, but mostly the book is an analysis of the players and the games in this series.
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    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - History    3. Baseball - Specific Teams    4. Chicago Cubs (Baseball team)    5. La Russa, Tony    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball    9. St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball team)    10. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History   


    10. Mickey Mantle: Stories and Memorabilia from a Lifetime with The Mick
    by "Stewart, Tabori and Chang"
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    Isbn: 1584795476
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    Subjects:  1. Sports - General    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Mantle, Mickey,    5. Sports - Baseball    6. Biography & Autobiography / Sports    7. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General    8. Sports; baseball; biography    9. 1931-    10. United States    11. Biography/Autobiography    12. Baseball    13. Biography And Autobiography    14. Baseball players    15. Biography   


    11. The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
    by Doubleday
    Hardcover (02 May, 2006)
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    Sales Rank: 3477
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars From a avowed Yankee Hater
    About 1 out of every 2 baseball biographies seems to be about a Yankee.As a Yankee Hater, I loath that.However, I was at the library and decided to try The Big Bam by Leigh Montville.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Update of Babe Ruth's Legend!
    For those of us who grew up listening to baseball games on the radio rather than seeing them on television, this abridged audio is a real treat.Leigh Montville's dramatic story of the Sultan of Swat, the Bambino, the Big Bam, comes to life as Adam Grupper recounts both observed (the "called" home run) and recreated moments in this fine recording.After all, would you rather read about someone hitting the longest home run in a given ball park . . . or listen to a virtually breathless account of the same?I know which I would choose . . . every time!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Brings the Bambino to life
    When my daughter saw me reading this book she exclaimed, "Don't you know everything about Babe Ruth already?" Well, even if I thought I did, this book made me aware of how little I knew. I had read most of the previous biographies from Tom Meany's to Robert Creamer's. But Leigh Montville's book is the last word on Ruth. What an enormous amount of research he put in, yet he did not let the material overwhelm his subject. The Babe comes through in living color. I don't think any player has ever captured the imagination of the American public more or has been treated more shabbily by the sport he enhanced. I think one reason that Babe Ruth continues to be the gold standard to baseball fans is because, unlike the spoiled players of today who make millions of dollars a year and charge for an autograph, Babe loved being "Babe Ruth." He made appearances for kids, he autographed baseballs, he autographed $20 bills. He gave as much as he received both on and off the field.
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    Subjects:  1. 1895-1948    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - History    4. Baseball players    5. Biography    6. Biography & Autobiography    7. Biography / Autobiography    8. Biography/Autobiography    9. Ruth, Babe,    10. Sports - Baseball    11. Sports - General    12. U.S. History - Early 20th Century    13. United States    14. Biography & Autobiography / Sports   


    12. I Was Right on Time
    by Simon & Schuster
    Hardcover (07 June, 1996)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The beauty of former Negro League star Buck O'Neil's autobiography is its tone: it's filled with thankfulness for the life he's had. Born into an era of racial segregation, O'Neil--truly aninspirational presence in the Ken Burns documentary Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Charming and Informative
    This easy-going autobiography combines sunny optimism, seriousness, and rich baseball history. John J. "Buck" O'Neil was a first baseman in the Negro Leagues during the 1930-1940's, and he then spent another half decade in baseball, both in the Negro Leagues and in the majors.Here he recounts his upbringing in Florida during segregation (where he was denied entry to high school) and his long career in baseball.O'Neil details life in the Negro leagues, including barnstorming and low pay, playing for the famed Kansas City Monarchs and his friendship with stars like Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith.He also describes managing in the Negro Leagues, coaching for the Chicago Cubs (the first black coach in the majors) and spending decades as a baseball scout.O'Neil is an intelligent man gifted with great charm, and he's often described as the "ambassador to baseball."That charm shines in the prose of co-writers Steve Wolf and David Conrads, and lets O'Neil attack injustice without losing effectiveness via stridency.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A fun read about a forgotten era.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lou Dials at a Baseball card convention.He was there with a small table, some cards, and some baseballs.I didn't know who he was and he kind of looked out of place.My curiosity made me ask."ok so what are you doing here and I am sorry to ask who are you?"He smiled and asked "Have you ever heard of the Negro leagues?"To which I replied of course and named the common known names such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and of course Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.He smiled and said he played with them and spoke of others such as Buck O'Neil.
    5-0 out of 5 stars insight to a great guy
    I was lucky enought to attend an All Star game a few years ago. When i was their i wanted to get an autograph i saw a group of guys around one man so i went up got an autograph not knowing who he is. After i saw the signed baseball i made out the name Buck O'neil. I looked him up online and saw he was a negro league player and first black coach in the majors. I then stumbled across his book on here and decided to order it and that turned out to be a great decision as i loved this book.
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    Subjects:  1. African American baseball players    2. Baseball    3. Baseball players    4. Biography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. Blacks And Sports    8. General    9. History    10. Negro leagues    11. People of Color    12. Sports & Recreation    13. Sports - Baseball    14. United States    15. Biography & Autobiography / General    16. O'Neil, Buck   


    13. Baseball Between the Numbers
    by Perseus Books Group
    Hardcover (06 March, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0465005969
    Sales Rank: 6889
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
    This book was excellent. For the casual fan and the person who thinks he is an expert!

    4-0 out of 5 stars real interesting book
    this book makes a real interesting read. now it has some shortcomings,but on a whole it's very entertaining&will make you think&Debate. no matter what Baseball Book I read Barry Bonds is the Greatest Player Period to me.the game has evolved,but the Guys who can truly Play always stand out no matter what era. no matter what era or time as far as Hitters go, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron,Roberto Clemente,Frank Robinson, etc.... would be solid.same with Great pitching.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Baseball fans will consider it a 'must' filled with fun and scientific fact alike
    The Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts' BASEBALL BETWEEN THE NUMBERS: WHY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GAME IS WRONG comes from sports writers who challenge conventions, offering new insights and alternative analysis of baseball questions. The group of fans met with a common goal: to better understand the game and its plays. Ten years and eleven annuals later comes BASEBALL BETWEEN THE NUMBERS, an investigative guide to everything from averages to rotation choices and team trivia. Baseball fans will consider it a 'must' filled with fun and scientific fact alike.
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    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - General    3. Baseball - Statistics    4. Baseball players    5. Sports    6. Sports & Recreation    7. Statistics   


    14. Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards 2007: The Hobby's Biggest And Best Price Guide (Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards)
    by Krause Publications
    Paperback (29 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0896893723
    Sales Rank: 10858
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    Subjects:  1. Antiques    2. Antiques & Collectibles    3. Antiques / Collectibles    4. Antiques/Collectibles    5. Baseball    6. Reference - General    7. Sports Cards - Baseball    8. Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter    9. Reference works   


    15. Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
    by Gotham
    Hardcover (23 March, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1592401996
    Sales Rank: 10089
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Kids shouldn't always idolize great athletes
    Game of shadows was recently printed in March 2006. The book was written by two men to show the truth behind some of the greatest athletes throughout the world. The two men summarized over five years of information they gathered together from the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigations and other companies on steroid use in sports. It would start off explaining the important of sports and how sports have a big impact on kids and teenagers. Then it would show investigation reports from years ago on different football and baseball players. The details they use on each of the characters after they would work out or before they work out seems like your looking at a picture of them. Also since it's a true story and all of the characters are real people then many of us (readers) can relate to at least one thing that a character is going through. I enjoyed the book a lot because it showed me how star athletes don't always have it made easy even if they are not doing anything wrong. Most people think that all the fame and riches make it a better life and an easier way to live but everytime you read another chapter in this book you realize its wrong and star athletes have to worry about simple things like where they throw their trash away at. The only downfall to this book is the ending where it didn't really explain what happened to Barry Bonds. The theme of this book is "cheaters never prosper".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stright to the point
    First things first: this is essentially a term paper, or a series of articles strung together. While that's not a bad thing, you shouldn't expect great *writing* here. That said, it's adequately done, and exhaustively researched... which is disturbing because there is no doubt that Bonds, and the rest of these guys cheated. No doubt at all. And they make no apologies for it either, essentially claiming since everyone else was doing it they had to do it too in order to compete (an excuse for bad behavior I hadn't heard since grammar school). Yes, this book takes an especially hard look at Barry Bonds, and for good reason. Inexplicably, yet luckily for him, he was the only one of dozens to not outright admit steroid use in his grand jury testimony, even though the extent of the evidence was essentially the same for all the athletes involved. And although the authors put forth a steady stream of facts, interviews and other hard evidence that Bonds is in fact guilty, we need only the very public "evidence" that at age 36, when every other human on the planet's body begins breaking down, Barry Bonds put on 40 pounds of pure muscle and increased his stats in every area of the game by an incredible margin. After reading this book I firmly believe that he, Palmiero, McGwire, Giambi, Jones, et all should have asterisks by their records. And the argument that "we don't know what Babe Ruth was injecting!" is a weak argument: the other thing this book does well is act as a steroid primer, and the modern drugs and techniques are simply no match for whatever those old timer could get their hands on. So, even thought it will make you mad, and maybe even sad, if you're a fan of baseball, or sports in general, you need to read this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars american hypocrisy outlined but if felt like "Enquirer" magazine
    first off the authors made a very good case with the numerous accounts of governmental patronizing attitude towards some athletes that have supposedly cheated on their record breaking and personal best of their respective sports, while at the same time harshly criticizicing other countries denial of doping practices for not coming forward and admitting their less than rigorous demands they impose upon their athletes to what the writers call it''the American hypocrisy" when effectively dealing with this problem.
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    16. The Glory of Their Times
    by Highbridge Audio
    Audio CD (01 April, 1998)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Delight
    The names Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner don't resonate as much as they used to.As the decades go by even the old-timers among us haven't been around long enough to remember them.They've pretty much become historical, iconic figures, like the stoic-looking George Washington on a dollar bill.It's a bit of a sad reminder of the inexorable march of time, but what a great relief to know that this treasure chest of a book is around to keep their memories alive.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Book . . .
    . . .for those interested in baseball history or for those who are curious how the game was played a hundred years ago.Life was different: society was different, the players were different, the game was different, and the perception of the players were different.In the decades in between, a lot has changed, mostly for the better, but there are precious few books that can give us an insight to how the game of baseball was played by the major leaguers back then.There is no opportunity to learn from them any more - they're all gone.All we have left are treasures such as this book, which gives us an insight to the game and personalities who played back then: no one can describe a Walter Johnson fastball, an Ed Walsh spitball, a booming shot off the bat of Sam Crawford, or the way a certain player stood, batted, fielded or threw.Lawrence Ritter created the standard for the oral history of baseball and it's been imitated many times, but never as well (Don Honig came close, though).It's a wonderful book, well worth the time and money to read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous book!
    A wonderful book about baseball in the early part of the century. You can imagine yourself sitting next to the old guys listening to their stories of baseball in the days of dead ball. It's not necessarily what you would think...it wasn't all hard drinking and hard living.
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    17. Baseball For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
    by For Dummies
    Paperback (05 January, 2005)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for really knowing baseball
    I am a huge Dummies fan. So when I recently decided to learn more about baseball, I naturally turned to the Dummies guide. What I found was a book that, true to its name, does help a person who knows absolutely nothing about baseball. If you knew nothing about baseball, you could pick up this guide and read the first 3 chapters, and become conversant.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Joe Morgan is a genius!
    If you think someone whose ego is bigger than the Pampas of Argentina can ever be a genius. Because I find that ego usually clouds intellectual process. And if my line of reasoning is correct, Joe Morgan is the stupidest person in the world.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a new fan
    I got hooked watching the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 post season, but I realized that I was very ignorant about baseball.I bought this book in the spring, and it taught me an incredible amount about baseball.I now watch almost every Red Sox game and enjoy the games much more through understnnding the basics and a lot of the subtleties.
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    18. Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
    by W. W. Norton & Company
    Hardcover (16 May, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lewis is at it again...
    From the author of several fantastic books, comes a great short synopsis leadership, motivation and team dynamics.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Players, Parents and Coaches
    As a coach at a prep school, the experiences that Coach Fitz is dealing with are all too familiar.Michael Lewis puts together a touching work that causes the reader to stop and think.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book
    As a former High School and College Baseball player, and a current high school baseball coach, I have never read a book that epitomizes youth baseball today more than this one. Lewis' description of his experiences, and his coaches experiences, regarding todays parents/athletes could not be better. Every parent of a youth/high school athlete should read this book before they even consider complaining to their child's coach. I am only in my mid 20's and I can relate to many of the experiences described in this book. It's a very quick read as well. If I could give it 100 stars I would.For those readers who complained about the length of the book, yes it is a quick read but the book only costs 10 dollars.Anyone who is looking for a lengthy book should know not to purchase a book that is 90 pages long.For those of you who were, and then bought the book, that's your own fault.Great book. ... Read more

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    19. The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness
    by Harper Perennial
    Paperback (26 April, 2005)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Weighs The Mantle...
    Buster Olney, a former beat writer for the New York Times, looks at the New York Yankees' run of baseball success from 1996 to 2000 from the vantage point of the night it all came to an end, Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Makes an eloquent case that the Yankees are done.
    I admired Olney's attention to detail, the way he explains the game, and how he gives an in-depth account of every key figure for the Yankees during their latest dynasty run.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Feel the Pain
    For Yankees fans, this book makes you re-live the pain of the final inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.Why would you want to do a thing like that?It also happens to be a good read on how the Yankees teams of 1996-2001 were built, perhaps providing an excellent roadmap for how the current Yankees can get back on the path to postseason glory.Here's a hint: While adding expensive, Hall of Fame bound free agents every winter may create the appearance of guaranteeing World Series rings, the results show the exact opposite effect.Where have you gone Gene Michael, our (Yankees) nation turned it's lonely eyes to you... ... Read more

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    20. The New York Yankees Illustrated History
    by St. Martin's Press
    Hardcover (14 November, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The New York Times tells the story of the New York Yankees
    A transient American League franchise was plunked down in New York in early 1903, which made last year the 100th anniversary of the team now known as the New York Yankees.As part of the celebration five writers from the sports department of "The New York Times" put together "The New York Yankees Illustrated History."Actually this volume has less photographs than I would have thought, given the title, although most Yankee fans will find enough new shots to justify flipping through the pages, including, believe it or not, a photograph of Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson joking about their infamous "lifestyle" swap.Read more

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