Baseball is one of the most popular sports played in the United States of America. You can find many baseball stars which have made their state and country proud. Several authors, who are baseball players themselves, have penned their thoughts and feelings about the game. Listed are some of the most popular books on baseball.
The Closer written by the man himself, Mariano Rivera, who had to ability to intimidate hundreds of batters during his career, writer about his extraordinary life of struggle and love. He starts by giving you his early life as a son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When he played his first game for the Yankees, he couldn’t afford his own glove.
He never knew that he was destined to become one of the most popular baseball pitchers in the history of the game. All he knew then was that he loved his then girlfriend and family. Mariano wanted to place his faith in the Lord and ask for him to guide. You will be amazed at how he wanted to lead a God fearing life in spite of the fame and glory he got.
Moneyball written by Michael Lewis is about the life and tactics used by Oakland Athletics general manager, Billy Beane. You would be stunned by the contents of the book as it is extremely useful for business. If you are struggling in business, then this book will be able to help you out.
The book is about how professional baseball players who were termed unfit for the big league, became the most successful names in league baseball. You learn how the Oakland Athletics, which was one of the poorest teams in league baseball, win so many games. This book is one of the best reads from a business point of view.
The Captain is about Derek Jeter who is one of the prominent figures in professional baseball. Derek is one of the most talked about players. He has been cheered and booed on the field. But, many of you do not know his early struggles with his life and how personal relationships affected his career.
Written by Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine, readers are taken into the hidden parts of Derek Jeter. You learn how a biracial kid from Michigan, became the biggest names in the sport.
The Natural is Bernard Malamud’s first novel, which was published in 1952. After reading it, you may feel that it is one of the best novels written about baseball. In those days, where the baseball fields were poorly lit and the big screens were missing, you learn how players played the game because of their love for the game.
Those days, did not have the money or fame. Baseball players were not treated as stars. They were ordinary men with skills to play a game. It was as simple as that. Bernard Malamud gives you a beautiful insight on the early life of baseball and how he was intrigued into the game.
The Baseball Codes
The Baseball Codes is one of the hilarious and interesting books you can read about baseball. While many of you are aware of the usual rules that are followed in major league games, not many of you might know that there are certain rules like you cannot steal a base with a big lead late in the game, you cannot cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batter’s box, and others.
Some of the greatest baseball players share their stories where there have been angry confrontations, funny incidents, about integrity and passion for the game. Some of the best names for confrontations include Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale.
The Science of Hitting
The Science of Hitting is one of the best books for any hitter. When you want to be the best, then you ought to know from the best how to hit the baseball. Not many people realize that hitting a baseball is not only about the force in which you hit, but there are certain factors which you need to realize.
Ted Williams did what nobody wanted to do. He questioned as many people he could on hitting and pitching. Both are directly related in baseball and he knew that there is something missing. You will find detailed illustrations, effective coaching, anecdotes, from players of various skill levels on hitting.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side
A Nice Little Place on the North Side is written by George Will. The book is about baseball and George Will’s team, Chicago Cubs. Their home, Wrigley Field, is known to them as their sacred ground. It is one hundred years old now. The author feels that game is full of metaphors for happiness, religion, and life.
Few of the most famous characters Ruth, Durocher, Banks, and Veeck, who had brought the game happiness, joy, and scandals, are penned upon. The author also writes about the team and how fans support a team due to hardships and pains taken by the players and coaches.
Watching Baseball Smarter
Watching Baseball Smarter, talks about some of the finer points of watching the game. This is an exciting book to read as you find interesting pointers, which you may not have known earlier. The author, Zack Hample states the rules when hitting, pitching, fielding, and running.
You also come to know what the difference between a curveball and slider is. Which stadium did “The Wave” first make an appearance? How hitters use iPods to improve their skills?
The Glory of Their Times
The Glory of Their Times is about the sport when it was played by giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Through their words you find out more on how the game was played during their days.
Written by Lawrence S. Ritter, who took pains in interviewing several baseball players before they died provides you an insight into the game when it was played during it hay days. He learns that his father too played the game for love of it.
Wait Till Next Year
Wait Till Next Year has been written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. He is an award-winning author who has penned several books which have been acknowledged worldwide. The book is based in the suburbs of New York in 1950s, where the corner store had people sharing their views were Giant, Yankee, and Dodger fans.
Doris tells about how her patents were her role models in her life. How her mother taught her the importance of household activities and how her father taught her to enjoy baseball. However, when her mother died, she felt that she had lost her childhood.