1998 Best Baseball Books

Friday, November 27, 1998

All-Time Baseball Sourcebook Handbook by Bill James, John Dewan, Neil Munro and Don Zminda. Includes intricate breakdowns of seasons, league leaders, awards, drafts, franchises, ballparks, manager, umpires, post-season and much more. A monster of a reference book. Stats Inc.

The Autobiography of Baseball by Joseph Wallace. Quotes from baseball's greatest stars - past and present. Includes over 150 photographs, a bibliography and an index. Harry N. Abrams.

Babe Ruth Slept Here: The Baseball Landmarks of New York City by Jim Reisler. A tour of New York includes the hangouts and homes of the Babe, John McGraw, Branch Rickey and many more. Diamond Communications.

Jimmie Foxx: The Pride of Sudlersville by Mark R. Millikin. Including interviews with many relatives, teammates and friends of the HOF slugger. Includes many photographs, a bibliography and an index. Scarecrow Press.

Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis by David Pietrusza. The best biography to date of the commissioner who saved baseball after the Black Sox Scandal. Diamond Communications. 1998 Casey Award winner.

Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger. A novel about a 12-year-old boy's correspondence with New York Giants third baseman Charlie Banks in 1940. Innocent, nostalgic, revealing and funny.

Middle Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1900-1948. The first half-century of baseball presented in newspaper articles. Includes many photographs, a bibliography and an index. Scarecrow Press.

Rube Marquard: The Life and Times of a Baseball Hall of Famer by Larry D. Mansch. One of the most colorful and controversial players of his era. McFarland & Company.

The Total Baseball Catalog edited by David Pietrusza, Lloyd Johnson and Bob Carroll. Updated version of the Whole baseball Catalog including information on radio, television, music, collectibles, fantasy camps, books, films, videos, award winners and much more. Total Sports.

When Johnny Came Sliding Home: The Post-Civil War Baseball Boom (1865-1870) by William J. Ryczek. A seasonal look and baseball's first boom era including the parks they played in, rules and strategy changes and much more. McFarland & Company.

And on Audio:

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter. Five choice hours selected from original tape recordings of one of the best baseball books ever written. Includes a booklet complete with photographs. High Bridge Audio.



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