10 Best Baseball Books In 2020
What are the most popular baseball books in 2020?
- Boys Of Summer
- Ball Four
- Cardboard Gods
- Five Seasons
- Summer '49
- Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
- Memories of Summer
- The Summer Game
- Out of My League
1. Boys of Summer
Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn is a rich book that makes the number one spot on our number list because of its historical significance that it presents within the context of baseball and U.S. History. The book is part memoir, and shows New York City history and detailed descriptions of Jackie Robinson's life. Roger Kahn is seen as one of the best baseball writers ever, and his style puts baseball in a poetic twilight that is engaging for the reader. This book is visually descriptive and historically accurate and is a good choice for anyone trying to learn more about baseball.
2. Ball Four
Jim Bouton's Ball Four is a memoir that is about a mid-career pitcher trying to find his place in the major leagues. Making the number 2 spot on the list, this book shows what it is truly like to be a MLB player and gives a behind the scenes look at what that life entails. He depicts the drinking, the sexism, and the physical pain that players face in the clubhouse each day when playing the game of baseball. Bouton tells many awesome baseball tales throughout the book, including one story about Mickey Mantle and his pitching after a night drinking.
Moneyball by Michael Lewis makes number 3 on the list as it is one of the more popular baseball books currently on the market today. This book is comical and is a very easy read. The book follows the Oakland A's journey as a team during the 2002 season. The team had a rough start with General Manager Bill Bean, but with new coaching tactics and additions of young talented baseball players, the team's season snakes a turn. This book is all about finding a new strategy and facing adversity when needed. This book provides a historical perspective, while still being easy and fun to read.
4. Cardboard Gods
Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker makes the number 4 spot on the list as the book addresses what it means to be a baseball fan. This memoir explains Wilkers life and shows his true passion for the sport of baseball. He shows what it means to love a sport and focuses on all the baseball relics that come with being a baseball fan. He describes how baseball cards were used to hook an entire millennium of kids to be hooked on the sport of baseball. The book goes through the history of cards and describes how these cards have made baseball what it is today.
5. Five Seasons
Making the number 5 spot on the list, Five Seasons by Roger Angell shows how baseball is largely a thinking game. Angell is one of baseball's awesome writers, and this book makes the list because of the soft and elegant metaphors that it uses to assess how baseball has made an impact on many people's lives in the United States. The book focuses on the 1972-1976 season of MLB baseball, and Angell's descriptions of the sport make the reader feel like they are sitting and watching the game themselves.
6. Summer of '49
This book Summer of '49 by David Halberstam makes the number 6 spot of this list because it is a historically accurate book that faces the elaborate stories of the epic New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox rivalry. This book explains how the rivalry began, and the book is described as being both descriptive and engaging. Halberston examines the history of the '49 MLB season, as America was facing world war. The book uncovers how the rivalry thrived during this season, and how Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams made big impacts on the game of baseball that year.
7. Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
Can't Anybody Play this Game? by Jimmy Breslin is another great book that shows the history of a team through a specific season. In this book, the team that is being followed throughout the story is the New york Mets who, in 1962, were absolutely atrocious when compared to the seasons that most baseball books are written about. The Mets lost 120 games out of 162 games in 1962, and the book follows how a new age of fans watched the Mets just to see how poor they could really play.
8. Memories of Summer
Memories of Summer is another great Roger Kahn book, placing number 8 on our top 10 baseball books list. This book features some of the greatest personalities in the sport of baseball at the time of Kahn's childhood. Kahn grew up during the Great Depression and eventually became one of the greatest baseball book writers of all time. This book is a memoir that shows his true passion for the sport, and is written in an elegant way that provides an understanding of many popular aspects of the sport of baseball.
9. The Summer Game
Roger Angell's The Summer Game comes in at number 9, and was the first baseball book that he wrote. This book looks at America's favorite pastime during the 1960's, writing about both factual reporting and personal understanding of how the game of baseball became so popular in the United States during this time. In this book, Angell writes about the fall of the New York Yankees, one of the best American Sports Franchises of all time, and highlights the New York Mets, who started horribly. This book highlights the main players who made baseball what it is today, as it relates to this era.
10. Out Of My League
Last but not least, Dirk Hayhurst's Out of My League is a comical baseball book that shows what it is like to be a pitcher in the minors and eventually end up pitching in the majors, fulfilling a lifelong dream. This book gives a very specific personal account of what it was like to be a rookie in the MLB. His writing of what it is like to be a rookie pitcher on the mound for the first time is truly comical and has beautifully engaged baseball fans.