Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Baseball season

Last night we watched the Minnesota Twins narrowly defeat the LA Angels in the season opening game on ESPN. Not that we have any particular interest in either of those teams, we were just glad to see the return of baseball season. If you're interested in learning more about the national pastime, here are some books to help. (Most books on baseball are classed in Dewey #796.357 or thereabouts....)

Adult books

Kevin Kennedy, Twice Around the Bases: The Thinking Fan's Inside Look at Baseball. Kennedy is a baseball management insider and brings his unique perspective to a fairly comprehensive review of the ins and outs of the sport.

Tom Glavine, Baseball for Everybody. I've heard a rumor that Glavine is returning to the Braves this season. He broke our hearts when he left but if he's coming back, it is o.k. to re-read his book. The book is clearly written and Glavine's personality comes through.

The Baseball Coaching Bible (endorsed by the American Baseball Coaches Association). This book is a collaborative effort by 27 contributing coaches covering every facet of the game. No detail is too small and no concept too large to be addressed here.

George F. Will, Bunts. Most of us recognise George Will as a Pulitzer Prize winning political columnist. But he has also written extensively on baseball. This collection features over 70 essays and as many photos.

Children's books

Lynn Curlee, Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields. This book covers the development of the ball field through history. It is illustrated with full page paintings of ball players and diagrams of field layouts.

David A. Adler and Terry Widener, Satchel Paige: Don't Look Back. Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Unfortunately through most of his life segregation kept him out of the "big show." Paige's story is told here from his birth in Mobile, AL, to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ian Smyth, The Young Baseball Player. Aimed at the new player, this book gives clear and concise descriptions on many important baseball techniques. Very well illustrated with stop motion photographs, it shows players exactly how to preform many tasks.

Steven Krasner, Play Ball Like the Pros: Tips for Kids from 20 Big League Stars. This interesting book includes question and answer sections, definitions, brief essays and other instructions that will help turn a good player into a great player.

The library has many other books on baseball. You can search the catalog for "baseball" or stop by and ask for help finding just what you're looking for.

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