Baseball's Best Books
On John Klima’s Bushville Wins!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yankees and Changed Baseball

Over the years a handful of pennant winning teams have earned a special place in the hearts of baseball fans. These teams are often known better by a popular nickname than an official team name. The Hitless Wonders, the Gashouse Gang, the Whiz Kids, and the Miracle Mets among others all conjure up images of [...]

On Mitchell Nathanson’s A People’s History of Baseball

In 1980 Howard Zinn published A People’s History of the United States (P.S.) One of the more controversial interpretations of the American experience, Zinn attempted to describe the American past from the bottom up. In A People’s History of Baseball by Mitchell Nathanson, a professor of legal writing at Villanova University takes a similar post [...]

Last Minute Shopping Ideas

With Christmas just a few days away, and many of us struggling to figure out that perfect gift or at least one that they won’t hate, I thought I would ask some folks from around baseball for some recommendations on books that they love, and would put high on their list to give that baseball [...]

On Tony LaRussa’s One Last Strike

You may remember that back in early September, I went to see Tony LaRussa speak at a tiny bookshop in Connecticut. He was an engaging and relaxed speaker, and told a lot of very personal stories about his years in baseball. He was so open, and he quickly made the [...]

On Shirley Povich’s The Washington Senators

Written long before free agency, drug testing and around the clock reporting that characterizes baseball today The Washington Senators harkens back to a time when the game seemed less complicated. Originally published in 1954 this book was the final volume in a series that included all of the original Major League teams except the Philadelphia [...]