Upon further reviews: Ranking the 30 books of April, 2012, from top to bottom

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

TOUCH ‘EM ALL:

== Day 26: “Out Of My League: A Rookie’s Survival in the Bigs” by Dirk Hayhurst (linked here)
== Day 25: “Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home” by Gregory Jordan (linked here)
== Day 22: “The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip: A Fan’s Guide to Major League Stadiums, 2nd Edition” by Josh Pahigian and Kevin O’Connell (linked here)
== Day 10: “Dodgers from Coast to Coast: The Official Visual History of the Dodgers,” Introduction by Vin Scully; forward by Tommy Lasorda (linked here)
== Day 9: “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick” by Paul Dickson (linked here)
== Day 8: “Imperfect: An Improbable Life” by former Angels pitcher Jim Abbott, with Yahoo!Sports’ Tim Brown (linked here)
== Day 6: “Baseball Fantography: A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans” by Andy Strasberg (linked here)


STAND-UP TRIPLE:

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== Day 29: “The Greatest Minor League: History of the Pacific Coast League 1903-1957″ by Dennis Snelling, “The Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League: A History, 1903-1957″ by Dick Beverage, “Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire,” by Richard A. Santillan, Mark A. Ocegueda and Terry A. Cannon (linked here)
== Day 28: “Fenway: A Fascinating First Century” by Sports Illustrated (linked here)
== Day 27: “Just A Minor Perspective: Through The Eyes of a Minor League Rookie” by Eric Pettis (linked here)
== Day 24: “Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus,” edited by Steven Goldman, editor in chief of BaseballProspectus.com (linked here)
== Day 21: “Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years 1915-1931″ by Norman L. Macht (linked here)
== Day 20: “Summer of ’68: The Season that Changed Baseball — And America — Forever” by Tim Wendel (linked here)
== Day 18: “Cuban Star: How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball” by Adrian Burgos, Jr. (linked here)
== Day 11: “High Fives, Pennant Drives and Fermandomania: A Fan’s History of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Glory Years 1977-1981″ by Paul Haddad (linked here)
== Day 7: “Under the Halo: The Offiical History of Angels Baseball” by Pete Donovan (linked here)
== Day 5: “The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Comprehensive Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, the Legendary Players and the Memorable Moments” by Matt Lupica (linked here)
== Day 4: “The Might Have Been” by Joseph M. Schuster (linked here)
== Day 3: “The Greatest Show on Dirt” by James Bailey (linked here)

GROUND-RULE DOUBLE:

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== Day 30: “Calico Joe,” by John Grisham (linked here)
== Day 19: “Double No-Hit: Johnny Vander Meer’s History Night Under the Lights” by James W. Johnson (linked here)
== Day 17: “Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: True Tales of Breaking Barriers, Umpiring Baseball Legends and Wild Adventures in the Negro Leagues” by Bob Motley, with his son Byron Motley (linked here)
== Day 16: “Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball” by Chris Lamb (linked here)
== Day 15: “The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers” by The Society of American Baseball Research, edited by Lyle Spatz, Maurice Bouchard and Leonard Levin (linked here)
== Day 12: “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” by New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, with New York Post writer Wayne Coffey (linked here)
== Day 1: “Baseball Prospectus 2012″ edited by King Kaufman and Cecilia M. Tan (linked here)

INTENTIONAL WALK:.

== Day 23: “Perfect: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Twenty Perfect Games” by James Buckley Jr (linked here)
== Day 14: “A People’s History of Baseball” by Mitchell Nathanson (linked here)
== Day 13: “Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team” by Rob Fleder (linked here)
== Day 2: “Trading Manny: How a Father & Son Learned to Love Baseball Again” by Jim Gullo (linked here)

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WHAT ELSE IS OUT THERE:

If there were more days in the month, or more cells left on the cognative side of our brain, these are books we’d have tried to include in the series, but it doesn’t mean they deserve any less mention:

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== “Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan” by Robert K. Fitts (here’s a review by James Bailey of Baseball American, linked here).
== “Starting and Closing: Persevreance, Faith and One More Year,” by John Smoltz with Don Yaeger
== “Major League Dads: Baseball’s Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game,” by Kevin Neary and Leigh Tobin
== “They Call me Oil Can: Baseball, Drugs and Life on the Edge,” by Dennis Boyd and Mike Shalin
== “Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960,” by Christopher Jennison (linked here; a followup to this one)
== “You Stink!: Major League Baseball’s Terrible Teams and Pathetic Players,” by Eric J. Wittenberg and Michael Aubrech

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== “Hack’s 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season,” by Bill Chastain (linked here)
== “The Last Natural: Bryce Harper’s Big Gamble in Sin City and the Greatest Amateur Season Ever,” by Rob Miech
== “Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World with the New York Mets,” by Bud Harrelson
== “Juan Marichal: My Journey from the Dominican Republic to Cooperstown,” by Juan Marichal and Lew Freedman
== “Season of ’42: Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball’s Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War,” by Jack Cavanaugh
== “Lefty: An American Odyssey,” by Vernona Gomez
== “Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger,” by Steve Aschburner
== “Larry Doby: The Struggle of the American League’s First Black Player,” by Joseph Thomas Moore
== “Sparky and Me: My Friendship with Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life,” by Dan Ewald

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== “The Battle that Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy,” by Daniel R. Levitt (linked here … just received it Friday and already enjoying it, although one more history book is going to drive me nuts)
== “Bushville Wins!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who canned the New York Yankees and Changed Baseball,” by John Klima (scheduled to come out later this summer, linked here)
== “The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown,” an updated version by Bruce Nash (a reality show producer based in Sherman Oaks) and Allan Zullo
== “Baseball’s Best Short Stories,” an updated edition from 1997 edited by Paul D. Staudohar (linked here)
== “Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend,” by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary (coming out in August)

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