One-third through with 30 baseball books for April 15 …

10exIn 2008, author Benjamin Wiker put a book together called “10 Books That Screwed Up The World,” a list that, if updated, would not have included any of the 10 baseball books that we found so far in 2015 to be placed among his choices of Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” Darwin’s “Descent of Man,” Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil” or Kinsey’s “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.”
Although Bouton’s “Ball Four” may have covered all those topics in 1970.
With 10 books down, the final 20 spots for the baseball book review series of 2015 is becoming more difficult to decide on what to include and what to cut.
Looks like a survival of the fittest situation.
For those late to the literary party:
Day 1: “Tommy Lasorda: My Way” by Colin Gunderson
Day 2: “Out At Home: The True Story of Glenn Burke, Baseball’s First Openly Gay Player” by Glenn Burke with Erik Sherman
Day 3: “Perfect: The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek, Baseball’s Greatest One-Game Wonder” by Steven K. Wagner
Day 4: “The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cusine” by Bennett Jacobstein
Day 5: “101 Baseball Places To See Before You Strike Out: Second Edition” by Josh Pahigian
Day 6: “100 Years of Who’s Who in Baseball” by the staff of “Who’s Who in Baseball” and Douglas B. Lyons
Day 7: “The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life” by Mike Matheny, with Jerry B. Jenkins
Day 8: “Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Baseball” by Joe Siegman
Day 9: “A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball” by Jennifer Ring
Day 10: “The Hidden Game of Baseball: A New Edition of the Baseball Classic that Ignited the Sabermetric Revolution” by John Thorn and Pete Palmer

What we have planned to hit on for the next 20 days includes:
== “Knuckleball: The History of the Unhittable Pitch” by Lew Freedman
== “Picker’s Pocket Guide – Baseball Memorabilia: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro” by Jeff Figler
== “Joe Black: More Than a Dodger” by Martha Jo Black and Chuck Schoffner
== “Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life” by Mort Zachter
== “I Am Jackie Robinson,” from the series “Ordinary People Change the World” by Brad Meltzer
== “The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII” by John Klima
== ” In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball” by Mark L. Armour and Dan Levitt
==  “Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles” by Ed and Christopher Lucas
== “A History of Baseball in 100 Objects” by Josh Leventhal
== “Throw Like A Woman,” by Susan Petrone
== “Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius” by Bill Pennington
== “Marvin Miller, Baseball Revolutionary” by Robert F. Burk
== “The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes” by Gary Cieradkowski

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