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

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781630260347
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Published: Turner - April 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


Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732363
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

This is a memoir of the Dao of Donkey. Christopher Mcdougall's wonderful, funny, insightful, and always entertaining book is about training a rescued donkey named Sherman to be his running partner, or vice-versa. The story evolves into life lessons learned from a myriad of characters: burro racers, "crazy" ladies, Amish people, goats, and of course Sherman, who is the real hero—move over Black Beauty. This book left a warm happiness inside my head and my heart long after I finished it. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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

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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


Baseball Card Vandals: Over 200 Decent Jokes on Worthless Cards! by Beau Abbott - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781452173603
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 5th, 2019

I absolutely love this book. A collection of the best of the worst from the popular Instagram account of the same name. After all our childhood baseball cards ended up worthless, what better to do with them than to draw farts and boogers on the unsuspecting ballplayers?! ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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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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


Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ‘76 by Dan Epstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250072542
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - February 9th, 2016

A Bicentennial baseball blast. While the diamond was studded with Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the resurgent New York Yankees, and the mighty Big Red Machine, baseball experienced mammoth changes in 1976, most notably the beginning of free agency that paved the way for the millionaire player. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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