What are the best baseball books? Getting any two baseball fans to agree on the best books about baseball may be as difficult as bringing Yankees and Red Sox fans together. After all, a sport as old and storied as baseball has a seemingly unlimited number of books written about it.
Baseball is, to many of us, nostalgia as much as it’s a sport. Baseball is hot summer afternoons with no foreboding of school tomorrow. It’s hearing the crack of a bat through the car radio, of staying up to watch Baseball Tonight long after mom and dad have gone to bed. Baseball is yesterday, and yesterday looks better and better to us the further removed from it that we become.
Maybe that’s why we love to read baseball books. They help us indulge in a nostalgic pastime in an adult way, by reading a book.
Below is a list of the best baseball books. This list is based on extensive online research. The books included in the list of 17 below were ranked high on websites such as Goodreads and repeatedly showed up in other best baseball book lists. The list is in no particular order.
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17 of the Best Baseball Books
Baseball Books Bonus Round
There are many great baseball books. Here are two that popped up in some of my research, just not enough to warrant being included above.
- A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano
- Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties, Told by the Men Who Played It by Donald Honig