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Postby rentz » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:19 pm

joemorgan wrote:Moneyball is a horrible book that is full of lies


lol :-b
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Postby hwiggen » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:10 pm

The best baseball book ever (fiction) is without a doubt Bang the Drum Slowly. If you haven't read it, order it and read it. It's great. Much better than the movie BTW.

As for non-fiction, I really enjoyed the Bronx Zoo and October 1964 but I have to agree that Ball Four is probably the best.
And anything by Roger Angel is worth reading.
If you have little league age kids, Thank You Jackie Robinson is a good choice.
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Postby Stejay » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:57 pm

Could I get Bang the drum slowly on Amazon?
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Postby hwiggen » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:21 am

Bang the Drum Slowly is still in print and should be available on Amazon.
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Postby shappy » Thu May 03, 2007 2:59 pm

the book license to deal is a really interesting look into the mind of a baseball agent, if you have any interest in that check it out
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Postby Snakes Gould » Tue May 08, 2007 4:45 am

BlueBandit24 wrote:How about The Kid Who Only Hit Homeruns? Just kidding. :-b I really liked Moneyball. Even though it was a lot of numbers I liked to get an inside account of what Billy Beane's thought process was. I haven't read the other two but will have to check them out.


hilarious. im still waiting to read fantasyland but moneyball has my vote now.
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Postby thedude » Fri May 11, 2007 9:22 pm

The Natural was a really good ficition (better than the Movie IMO).
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Postby hwiggen » Sat May 19, 2007 12:07 am

the Dude,
Can you give us a brief review of The Natural?
I wasn't that crazy about the movie but I can see where the story might be better in a book.
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Postby ImClutch » Mon May 21, 2007 8:55 pm

hwiggen wrote:the Dude,
Can you give us a brief review of The Natural?
I wasn't that crazy about the movie but I can see where the story might be better in a book.


Bernard Malamud's, The Natural, is considered one of the best examples of baseball fiction ever written and the book is consistently studied in classes at the college level. The book blows the movie out of the water because it provides a much deeper look into the dodgy life of the main character (his name is failing me right now).

Another good one in this genre that is well known for its cinematic counterpart is W.P. Kinsella's, Shoeless Joe, which was adapted to be Field of Dreams. The book is equally moving and honestly makes you want to get right out there and build a ballpark of your own.

If you're looking for something more recent, but along these same lines, I'd recommend C.G. Morelli's, In the Pen: A Baseball Collection. This book offers a variety of short stories all written from unique perspectives related to baseball. I really enjoyed it. Of course, there is no movie related to this book as of yet.

Hope this helps! :-)
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Postby MarisFan61 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:47 am

Stejay wrote:....Whatever happened to the hall of fame by Bill James?

Yes......Original title (hardcover copies have it) was "The Politics of Glory."

I couldn't pick ONE book.....gotta pick two:

1. Ball Four
2. Bill James' "New Historical Baseball Abstract" (and the old ones weren't bad either) :-D
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