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Re: Best baseball book

Postby Montana » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:58 pm

Just read Moneyball, and loved it.......based on recommendations here, I went and ordered a couple more books.....


1. Boys of Summer
2. Fantasyland.
3. Baseball Between the Numbers

And another I grabbed that I haven't seen listed here........

3 Nights in August
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Bissinger eschews the usual method of writing about baseball in the context of a season or a career, choosing instead to dissect the game by carefully watching one three-game series between the Cardinals and Cubs in late 2003. The Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights had unprecedented access to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, as well as his staff and team, and he used that entrée to pick La Russa's formidable baseball brain about everything from how he assembles a lineup to why he uses certain relievers. As the series unfolds, Bissinger reveals La Russa's history and personality, conveying the manager's intensity and his compulsive need to be prepared for any situation that might arise during " 'the war' of each at-bat." Typical characters—the gamer, the natural, the headcase, the crafty old timer—are present, but Bissinger gives new life to their familiar stories with his insider's view and cheeky descriptions (e.g., "Martinez's response to pressure has been like a 45-rpm record, a timeless hit on one side, and the flip side maybe best forgotten"). Bissinger analyzes each team's pitch-by-pitch strategy and gets the dirt on numerous enduring baseball questions: What does it feel like to have to close your first game in Yankee Stadium? Who knew about players using steroids before the current scandal hit? Do managers tell their pitchers to throw at hitters? Mixing classic baseball stories with little-known details and an exclusive perspective, this work should appeal to any baseball fan.
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Re: Best baseball book

Postby mission27 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:46 pm

loved fantasyland, am starting moneyball soon and think I will really like it.
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Re: Best baseball book

Postby sblinyy » Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:24 am

Fantasyland was great except for a few boring chapters. I really didn't care for the history of fantasy baseball and anything remotely close to fantasy baseball, those few chapters were really boring. But overall I thought it was a very entertaining book.
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Re: Best baseball book

Postby Ruby Tues. » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:01 am

"Glory of Their Times"... is a great read. Alot of stories from the early 1900's
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