Saturday, May 22, 2010

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team...

Baseball Stories
If you're a fan of America's favorite pastime, grab a good book during the pre-game warm up, during the seventh inning stretch, or between games in a double header. We recommend here a few great selections; fiction, non-fiction, and biography.

The Baseball Codes : Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-clearing Brawls : the Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime by Jason Turbow with Michael Duca takes you on a tour of baseball's 'unofficial' rules, both deeply honored and hotly debated.

King of the macabre, Stephen King, weighs in Blockade Billy, a fictional 1950's baseball player with some very creepy tendencies that somehow seem plausible?

John Moody's Kiss it Good-bye : the Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates tells the story of Cy Young award winning pitcher Vernon Law. Pair this one with Jim Reisler's book, The Best Game Ever and BTW : Pittsburgh beat New York and Pirates fans use the name Bill Mazeroski same as Yankee fans use the name Bill Buckner.

Willie Mays : The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch walks us through Mays' life, an array of legendary anecdotes, and how Mays' power and speed helped transform baseball, against the backdrop of the civil rights era.

If you're a middle grade reader who loves the game, add Center Field by local favorite Robert Lipsyte to your reading list. Also try books by Mike Lupica.

Other Great Reads
Clemente by David Maraniss
Big Papi : My Story of Big Dreams & Big Hits by David Ortiz with Tony Massarotti