The list again of 30 books in 30 days, 2010

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A quick reference to all 30(-plus) books covered in this year’s month-long book review, with how we’d rank them:

TOP SHELF:

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== “The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran,” by Dirk Hayhurst (linked here)

== “Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative, by Bill Lewers (linked here)

== “Shattered: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed,” by Frank Pastore (linked here)

== “The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pasttime and Power at Home and Abroad,” edited by Ron Briley and “The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad,” by Robert Elias (linked here)

== “A Game of Inches: The Story Behind the Innovations that Shaped Baseball,” by Peter Morris (linked here)

== “90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom,” by Emma Span (linked here)

== “Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession,” by Dave Jamieson and “Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards,” by Josh Wilker (linked here)

GREAT EFFORT:

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== “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend,” by James S. Hirsch (linked here)

== “The Underground Baseball Encyclopedia: Baseball Stuff You Never Needed to Know and Can Certainly Life Without,” by Robert Schnakenberg (linked here)

== “Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time,” edited by Sean Manning, essays by Roger Kahn, Buzz Bissinger, Jonathan Eig, Pat Jordan, John Albert, King Kaufman, etc. (linked here)

== “The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List: 162 Things You Must See, Do, Get & Experience Before You Die,” by Robert Santelli and daughter Jenna Santelli (linked here)

== “The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris,” by Mark Kurlansky (linked here)

== “Fifth-nine in ’84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball & The Greatest Season A Pitcher Ever Had,” by Edward Achorn (linked here)

== “Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero” by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary (linked here)

== “Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson,” by Timothy M. Gay (linked here)

== “It’s What’s Inside the Lines that Counts: Baseball Stars of the 1970s and 1980s Talk About the Game They Loved, Vol. 3,” by Fay Vincent, with Juan Marichal, Cal Ripken Jr., Willie McCovey, Dick Williams, Earl Weaver, Tom Seaver, Don Baylor, Ozzie Smith, umpire Bruce Froemming and former players association chief Marvin Miller (linked here).

THANKS FOR SHOWING UP:

== “Scooter: The Biography of Phil Rizzuto,” by Carl DeVito; “Stan The Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial,” by Wayne Stewart; “Al Kaline: The Biography of a Tigers Icon,” by Jim Hawkins, and “Mike Schmidt: The Phillies’ Legendary Slugger,” by Rob Maaddi (linked here)

== “The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2010: Timeless Commentary, Innovative Stats, Great Baseball Writing,” by the staff of HardballTimes.com; produced by Dave Studenmund (linked here)

== “Straight Talk from the Wild Thing,” by Mitch Williams (linked here)

== “”Harry The K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas,” by Randy Miller (linked here)

== “1921: The Yankees, The Giants & The Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York,’ by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg (linked here)

== “The Seventh Inning Stretch: Baseball’s Most Essential and Inane Debates,” by Josh Pahigian (linked here)

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== “The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing & Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pasttime,” by Jason Turbow with Michael Duca (linked here)

== “Kiss It Good-bye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates,” by John Moody (linked here)

== “Baseball Prospectus 2010,” edited by Steve Goldman and Christina Kahrl (linked here)

== “High Heat: The Secret History of The Fastball And The Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time,” by Tim Wendel (linked here)

== “Always an Angel: Playing the Game with Fire and Faith,” by Tim Salmon, with Rob Goldman (linked here)

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THE MENDOZA LINE …

== “Home, Away,” a novel by Jeff Gillenkirk (linked here)

== “Wrigley Field: A Ballpark Pop-Up Book” and “Fenway Park: A Ballpark Pop-Up Book,” by David Hawcock, paper engineer (linked here)

== “Baseball for the Utterly Confused,” by Ed Randall (linked here)

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And our list of others that didn’t make, could have made it, and would have made it if they were published earlier (linked here)

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