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I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story by Hank Aaron - Book Review

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061373602
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2007

From his humble beginnings in Mobile, Alabama to his becoming baseball's all-time home run leader, Aaron chronicles the struggles facing black ballplayers in a newly segregated national pastime. He faced bigotry and even death threats as he neared the coveted home run record held by Babe Ruth, yet he did so with a quiet grace that belied the anger inside him. Aaron's reflection on his life and career is peppered with personal glimpses from some of the game's greats who played with and against him, all of whom considered him to be a great baseball player, but a better man. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780812977974
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 4th, 2010

Satchel Paige defied Jim Crow, led the way to baseball's integration, was a free agent long before free agency even existed, and was likely the greatest pitcher in baseball history. Larry Tye intertwines fact and mythology to tell this amazing story of an American legend. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982136185
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 24th, 2020

At 24, Seaver led the Amazin' Mets to their unexpected 1969 World Series title. His stellar career was shaded by shoddy treatment by some baseball brass, and his final years as a successful winemaker were clouded by dementia. Madden successfully conveys Seaver's exceptional talent, toughness, and ultimate tragedy. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton - Book Review

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By Jim Bouton, Paula Kurman (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781630260347
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Published: Turner - April 1st, 2014

My parents bought me Ball Four for my tenth birthday, two months after its original publication date in 1970, gifting me a life-changing read they probably still rue. Jim Bouton demythicized the American athlete for me, and made human the same legends I had been brought up to revere. In remembering him with his recent death, I elegize Jim Bouton with respect for his wit, his honesty, and most of all, his intelligence, which helped him to become for me my life's first 'Renaissance Man.' ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Ballpark: Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger - Book Review

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$37.50
ISBN: 9780307701541
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

The parks where our national pastime is played are gloriously revealed in these insightfully written and beautifully illustrated pages. Ballparks, for over a century, have reflected and defined urban America by their sometimes tasteful and sometimes brutal architecture, by their relationship with surrounding buildings, streets, and highways, by their idiosyncrasies, and, at their heart, by furnishing a timeless green oasis. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game by Ron Darling - Book Review

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781250184382
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 2nd, 2019

Just in time for baseball season, this is a wild ride through baseball history. Ron Darling weaves his way through America's Pastime playing a bit of Six Degrees of Separation, often including personal anecdotes of players he crossed paths with during his time in the majors. With its quick, digestible chapters, this is the perfect book for reading in between innings or during those 7th inning stretches. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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