Bernard Malamud's, The Natural
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.
, 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!