Friday, September 5, 2008

Books on the Mound and a few in the Circle

In honor of the last month of regular season play I complied a list of baseball and softball books. There is hardly any order to this list because that would've been too much like right and sometimes I just don't do right. Though I think I made up for that by adding link reviews to a few titles.

1.Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball By Sally Cook and James Charlton Illustrated by Ross MacDonald
2.We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball -Kadir, Nelson
3.Honus & Me by Dan Gutman
4.The Longest Season: The Story of the Orioles' 1988 Losing Streak- Ripken, Cal, Jr., Mazellan, Ron
5.Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow - Sturm, James Tommaso, Rich
6.Satchel Paige -Cline-Ransome, Lesa, Ransome, James
7.Heart of a Champion - Carl Deuker
8.The Boyfriend League - Hawthorne, Rachel
9.Safe at Home(Comeback Kids) - Lupica, Mike
10.Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues - McKissack, Patricia C., McKissack, Fredrick L
11.The Comeback Season - Jennifer E. Smith.
12. Six Innings: A Game in the Life - Preller, James
13.Keeping Score -Park, Linda Sue
14.Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth -Robert Burleigh
15.Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds - Robert Burleigh
16. Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America - Robinson, Sharon
17. A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson - Green, Michelle Y., Johnson,Mamie
18.Safe at Home - Robinson, Sharon
19.Willie Mays: Art in the Outfield- Shannon, Mike This is not a children's book I put it on the list so I could share a Willie Mays story. It comes from another baseball book The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America - Posnanski, Joe, Posnanski travels around with Buck O'Neil, a Negro league baseball player and manager. In New York City they run into Satchel Paige's son. At one point they make a trip to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City Where they run into Willie Mays. Willie Mays and Buck O'Neil get to talking about old times and playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. Willie Mays ends up telling a story about seeing one of his Negro League Jersey sold on the Antique Roadshow, Buck O'Neil tried to get Mays to remember the good things again. (thanks wikipedia)

I absolutely loved the following two titles and they both include some beautiful baseball so they made the list
20.The Wednesday Wars - Schmidt, Gary D
21.My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park - Kluger, Steve

22. No Cream Puff - Day, Karen
23.Throwing Like a Girl - Mackey, Weezie Kerr
24.Screwball: An Ashley Clarke Novel - Keri Mikulski


Keri Mikulski said...

What a detailed list of books and reviews. :) Throwing Like a Girl is a great softball book and Weezie is an amazing woman and writer! Thanks for including SCREWBALL and have a great weekend. :) I'm printing out the blog so I can add some of these books to my TBR pile. :)

Doret said...

Hey Keri
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Becky said...

Hey thanks for the great list of books. They look like great books to read. Another great book to read is Dean Whitney's latest book, "Pinch Hitter." This author writes in such a visual way that I felt like I was right there with the characters throughout the story.

Weezie Kerr Mackey said...

Wow. That is one comprehensive list. Thanks for throwing Throwing Like a Girl on it. That darling Keri Mikulski's got a few new books following up her Screwball debut that you'll have to add eventually. Thank you for keeping the softball flag flying well after the season.

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