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Postby ajgnydc722 » Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:02 pm

Is it a good book? I have to do this frigin reading thing for school and am looking for a good baseball book. Is it worth buying or am I wasting my time and money by getting it?
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Postby blankman » Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:13 pm

I've only gotten through 30 pages so far, but I love it. And this is coming from a person who just hates reading books. I "sparknotesed" my way through jr and sr year of high school, with the exception of the Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, which I may add is also a great book. But I digress :-°
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Postby ajgnydc722 » Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:18 pm

Ok I think I'll get it. Planning on reading "Moneyball" and "The Natural" so I might not revert to Sparknotes this summer. :-D
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Postby ensanimal » Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:26 pm

a great book to read is "Summerland" by Michael Chabon. A little odd with fairies and giants, but a great story, with baseball a running theme throughout the book. It looks at baseball almost as a way of life. Excellent reading, as well as the rest of Chabons work.

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Postby eftda » Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:56 pm

Fair ball was good ;-D It was my 1999/2000 (I forget which year) favorite book
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Postby Tavish » Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:49 pm

If you have to read a non-fiction book oneyball isn't bad, I don't agree with some of it and the amount of praise laid at Beane's feet is abit overboard in some portions of the book. It is a good read though.

A few other good reads:
Something to Write Home About (non-fiction)
Screwballs (fiction)
The Teammates (non-fiction)
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Postby wkelly91 » Wed Jul 07, 2004 9:54 am

I enjoyed Moneyball very much and recommend it to any baseball fan. I think it is showing a fundemental change that is going on behind the scenes in baseball, from teams being run by "gut" decisions to teams being run by "stats". ;-D
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Postby Mugrila » Wed Jul 07, 2004 7:35 pm

if you want a fiction book that is rich with baseball history, read If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock. the plot is fairly well thought out and i found the baseball aspect of it to be very interesting . (differences between the game now and in the 1800's)
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:17 am

blankman wrote:I "sparknotesed" my way through jr and sr year of high school, with the exception of the Adventure of Huckleberry Finn


I "sparked" my way through that one :-D

But I have a feeling that if I had more time, it would have been a good book. I got the gist though.
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Postby Amazinz » Thu Jul 08, 2004 2:34 am

A must read for any baseball fan IMO is Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Moneyball is a great read and as a Yankee fan you'll love "Damn Yankees". Forget the author. ;-)
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