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Baseball Books To Celebrate Opening Day

America’s favorite pastime has kicked off its new season. Grab your peanuts and crackerjacks, and check out this list of books to read between innings.
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    In this fresh and playful work, George Vecsey traces the history of baseball from its pre-Republic beginnings to the present day.

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    Watching Baseball Smarter

    Whether you’re new to the game or a lifelong fan, Zack Hample’s indispensable and funny fan’s guide to baseball will increase your understanding of the sport.

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    100 Baseball Icons

    Discover some of the most treasured baseball memorabilia with stunning photographs of Babe Ruth’s bat, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson’s tattered shoes, and much more.

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    Baseball: A Literary Anthology

    It’s no surprise that the great American game has also inspired great literature. Settle into the stadium with this Library of America anthology of literary baseball writing.

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    Babe Ruth Saves Baseball!

    Frank Murphy’s Babe Ruth Saves Baseball! is the perfect bedtime story for the young baseball fan in your life.

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    Kings of Queens

    Bestselling author Erik Sherman profiles players from the infamous 1986 Mets team that won the World Series.

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    Home Game

    Feeling nostalgic? Bret Boone, the first third-generation baseball player in Major League history, reflects on his family’s 70 years in professional baseball.

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    Who’s on Worst?

    Maybe you’ve read about the best baseball players of all time–but how about the worst? This witty and entertaining book presents the antiheroes of baseball.

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    Bring on the Heat

    Do you enjoy your baseball with a side of romance? Bring on the Heat‘s leading man is a starting pitcher for the fictional New Jersey Sonics.

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    Baseball Crazy

    This middle grade short story collection features 10 baseball-themed stories that will keep young fans glued to the page.

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    The Art of Snag

    Do you dream of catching a baseball in the stands? Zack Hemple’s The Art of Snag teaches you everything you need to know to snag that winning home run.

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    Out at Home

    In Out at Home, Glenn Burke shares his story as the first openly gay player in Major League Baseball, and the prejudice that moved him to a new team and, eventually, out of the game.

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    90% of the Game Is Half Mental

    Emma Span’s love of baseball progressed from childhood fan, to sports reporter, to a daughter reconnecting with her father. This witty essay collection offers fans a new perspective on the game of baseball.

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    Forever Blue

    In Forever Blue, Michael D’Antonio tells the story of Walter O’Malley, the infamous owner who moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

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    Shades of Glory

    Lawrence D. Hogan offers a comprehensive history of African-American baseball in this compilations of stories, essay, and photographs.

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    The Great American Novel

    Philip Roth tips our national pastime on its head with a hilarious satirical novel featuring a murderous umpire, an ex-con first baseman, and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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    If I Never Get Back

    Baseball meets time travel in this novel about a reporter who journeys back to 1869, where he meets the nation’s first professional baseball players.

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    Play Baseball the Ripken Way

    Learn from the greats! Players, coaches, and parents will enjoy this illustrated guide to the fundamentals of baseball from Cal and Bill Ripken.

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    A perfect compilation for the die-hard baseball fan, this book offers trivia, hilarious anecdotes, and major moments in the history of America’s favorite pasttime.

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    The Grind

    At 162 games, baseball has the sports world’s longest season. Grueling. Thrilling. Routine. Lonely. Exhilarating. Major league ballplayers even have a name for this relentless, unmatchable rhythm: The Grind. In The Grind, Barry Svrluga has given us an unforgettably raw, inside look at the wear and tear, the glory and impermanence, of America’s pastime.

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    Double Switch

    This suspenseful novel features Johnny Adcock, one of the most entertaining detectives in years, in a thrilling world where high-stakes professional sports and life-or-death action collide.

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