30 baseball books for April ’15: Rinse, repeat, rank

Person reading a book on the beachPerson reading a book on the beachWe appreciate the kind words from those who have read the reviews this month, inquired more about some of them, contributed ideas and helped facilitate some late arrivals.
To rank them from our favorites to the end of the bench:

PROMOTED WITH A HIGH CEILING — THE TOP 10:
1165== “The League of Outsider Baseball” by Gary Cieradkowski

== “The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy,” by Filip Bondy

== ““I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever,” by Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster

== “Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles,” by Ed Lucas, with his son, Christopher Lucas

== “A Scout’s Report: My 70 Years in Baseball,” by George Genovese, with Dan Taylor

== “Marvin Miller, Baseball Revolutionary,” by Robert F. Burk

== “Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer,” by Robert K. Fitts

== “A History of Baseball in 100 Objects: A Tour through the Bats, Balls, Uniforms, Awards, Documents and Other Artifacts that Tell the Story of the National Pastime,” by Josh Leventhal

== “Throw Like A Woman,” a novel by Susan Petrone

== “The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life” by Mike Matheny, with Jerry B. Jenkins

PLENTY OF UPSIDE:
keep-calm-and-write== “The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII,” by John Klima

== “Tommy Lasorda: My Way” by Colin Gunderson

== “Perfect: The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek, Baseball’s Greatest One-Game Wonder” by Steven K. Wagner

== “Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story,” by Joe Niese

== “In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball,” by Mark Armour and Daniel Levitt

== “Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life,” by Mort Zachter

== “Picker’s Pocket Guide – Baseball Memorabilia: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro,” by Jeff Figler

== “The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cusine” by Bennett Jacobstein

OTHERS RANK THEM WELL:
== “Mystery Ball ’58: A Season-Long Whodunit,” a novel by Jeff Polman
== “Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius,” by Bill Pennington

NEEDS MORE SEASONING:
keep_calm== “Joe Black: More Than a Dodger,” by Martha Jo Black and Chuck Schoffner
== “Knuckleball: The History of the Unhittable Pitch,” by Lew Freedman
==  “100 Years of Who’s Who in Baseball” by the staff of “Who’s Who in Baseball” and Douglas B. Lyons
==  “Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Baseball” by Joe Siegman
==  “A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball” by Jennifer Ring

SEQUEL SERVICEABLE:
== “Out At Home: The True Story of Glenn Burke, Baseball’s First Openly Gay Player,” a revised edition by Glenn Burke with Erik Sherman
== “101 Baseball Places To See Before You Strike Out: Second Edition” by Josh Pahigian
==  “The Hidden Game of Baseball: A New Edition of the Baseball Classic that Ignited the Sabermetric Revolution” by John Thorn and Pete Palmer

MESSAGE DELIVERED:
== “I Am Jackie Robinson,” from the series “Ordinary People Change the World,” by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

OUTRIGHT RELEASE:
tumblr_lknlazNe831qb6t6wo1_500== “Tony Gwynn: He Left His Heart in San Diego,” by Rich Wolfe

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