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The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America's National Pastime by Alex Irvine - Book Review

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By Alex Irvine, Tomm Coker (Illustrator), C. P. Smith (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399578946
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 8th, 2018

Two uniquely American creations; baseball and comics, come together to bring life to the long and storied history of America's pastime. Fantastic illustrations trace the path of baseball from it's murky beginnings (NOT in Cooperstown, NY) all the way to the sport's modern era and star players.
This is a wonderful companion for fans of Ken Burns' legendary PBS series. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s by Dan Epstein - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250007247
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 5th, 2012

Afros! Astroturf! Disco Demolition Night! Vida Blue! Ballplayers wearing shorts! Million dollar contracts! Bucky Dent! Wife swapping! Locker room brawls! Baseball was wild and crazy as never before or since in the stoned, spacey 1970s. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Got 'Em, Got 'Em, Need 'em: A Fan's Guide to Collecting the Top 100 Sports Cards of All Time by Stephen Laroche - Book Review

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781550229806
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Published: ECW Press - April 1st, 2011

A very fun, well illustrated, and easy to read look at the major sports cards in the hobby. Each entry is a history lesson of its own. Longtime collectors or those just starting out in the hobby are sure to find something new in this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker - Book Review

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616200695
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 15th, 2011

A pre-teen boy collects baseball cards in the late 1970s. Their array of statistics offer stability, their sometimes awkward photos display humanity, and the cards themselves, featuring stars and has-beens, transport Wilker, and the reader, to a nostalgic Field of Dreams. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card by Michael O'Keeffe - Book Review

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780061123931
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Published: It Books - June 17th, 2008

Fantastic narrative non-fiction. Everyone has heard about the famous Honus Wagner T206 card that was once owned by Wayne Gretzky. But that's only a small part of "The Card"s twisting, turning history. It seems that almost nothing is as it seems when it comes down to where this one-of-a-kind specimen actually came from. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's by Jason Turbow - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780544303171
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

The brawling, mustachioed, incredibly talented Oakland A's ruled baseball from 1972 through 1974. Turbow reveals the dynamic personalities of the players, and the outlandish antics of the owner, Charlie O. Finley, an egotistical, skinflint baseball visionary who assembled, then destroyed, a dynasty. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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