Monday, September 28, 2009

Baseball By The Book

Remember back before the invention of the Internet, there were these things called books? You know - the things with covers, pages, and words? Did you know that they still made them? It's true! I am what is called a bibliophile, and before you go off and call the doctor because I have an unnatural love for a hefty tome, a bibliophile is someone who loves to read books.

At More Hardball, we are constantly recommending things like beer, key chains, contests, and other websites to you in the hopes that you will enjoy these things as much as we have, and your horizon will be broadened a bit. Today, I recommend three books that have been most enjoyable reads.

Great Baseball Feats, Facts, & Firsts (2009) by David Nemec and Scott Flatow - Every time I pick up this book, I find something new to read. Part trivia, part history, and full of anecdotes, this book has everything for the casual baseball follower, to someone deeply in love with stats and trivia. The book is neatly divided into sections covering a specific era in baseball with an analysis of players, teams, and firsts for each time period. I could not adequately summarize all that is in this book, but I recommend articles like One-Year Wonders, the Most Interesting Teams for each section, Famous Brother Acts, and Firsts by Black Players.

The same two authors also penned This Day in Baseball: A Day-By-Day Record of the Events that Shaped the Game. As masters of minutiae, they have created a quick and easy reference guide to plays, firsts, lasts, and deaths that rocked the world of baseball. This guide covers the entire span of baseball's history and leaves no stone unturned. It is a great companion to their other masterwork.

Finally, I highly recommend Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing at Baseball. What better way to erm, pass the time spent doing your business than reading a humorous compendium of baseball quotes and oddities? Much more than a book of trivia, this book touches on everything from wacky promotions and stadium-specific hot dog names, to the oddest trades ever made and the creation of Magic Mud. The book itself may be thin, but there is no shortage of fun facts in between its water proof covers.

Next time, I will review Michael Shapiro's Bottom of the Ninth.


Sha Na Na - Book of Love
You gotta love those outfits.

12 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Dammit, my brain hurts for all those big words you used. Way to go!

tamtam said...

i'm not too good with numbers, but i love books! the late great ronald reagan once said that if you had a book, you would never be alone.

the "uncle john's" series is pretty good. i have a few of those books at home, on the bookshelf.

GM-Carson said...

I like books too...picture books.

tamtam said...

hehe :). well, you have kids, so i understand why you would have picture books in your possesion :).

i like classic literature. i thought "the brothers karamazov" was pretty good. when my teacher saw me reading that book of my own free will, he freaked out.

Burton said...

I like magazines with pictures...

GM-Carson said...

Playboy, Penthouse, 80 Year Old Whores?

tamtam said...

when im not reading book, i sustain my brain with tabloids, sports illustrated, and mad magazine. i'm especially hooked on tabloids, so much so that my brother calls me a tabloid junkie :D

Burton said...

@ Carson - Yes.

tamtam said...

for the video, i find myself thinking of will ferrell...must be that damn cowbell skit

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