We didn’t have time to get to everything, and not everything got to us in time. Or, at all.
All you can do is continue to ask for review copies. And keep searching the local book stores. And checking Amazon.com to see when they will be available.
For those who cooperated with review books through the mail, we are grateful.
At one point in this annual baseball book review series, we almost threw our own Eephus pitch and was going to suggest the new book by Greg Proops called “The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool” (Touchstone/Simon & Shuster), 310 pages, $25).
Seriously, take a look, because of the amount of baseball material that the comedian had managed to jam into this thing is quite remarkable.
But why not? Baseball is smart, literal, rancorous and cool. And he pulled it off.
(If anything, buy it, then find him for a book signing or a performance of Smartest Man in the World podcast).
So, 30 books later, we have a longer list of things we couldn’t capture, or what’s coming up later:
Some of them sight unseen, they would be:
== “The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers Hardcover,” by Jon Pessah (we finally received the book on Thursday, and it comes out Tuesday … a press release says the founding editor of ESPN Magazine takes a “revealing look” at our national past time between between 1992 and 2010, using 648 pages to explain the power struggle “between three men forever changed the game.” We believe the word is “among,” and the “men” listed later in the release deal with Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Donald Fehr, George W. Bush, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter and Joe Torre. Among those, ourr guess is the first three had the advertised “power struggle” that resulted somehow in a canceled World Series, but then they campaigned against steroid use together and all went well. It looks like a terribly long book rehashing things I wouldn’t necessarily be that compelled to wade through.)
== “Pedro,” by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman (again, there seems to be an abundance of excerpts leaked this week, including the current issue of Sports Illustrated)
== “Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture,” by David Krell
== “Tearin’ Up the Pea Patch: The Brooklyn Dodgers 1953,” by Andrew Paul Mele
== “Little General Gene Mauch: A Baseball Life,” by Mel Proctor
== “Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball,” by Jeff Katz
== “The Nats and the Grays,” a history of baseball in the DC area (listed at $65), by David E. Hubler and Joshua H. Drazen.
== “More Than A Season: Building a Championship Culture,” by Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore with Matt Fulks.
== “A Baseball Life: Four Decades Inside the Game,” a photo book by Sports Illustrated’s Ronald C. Modra, which we saw snippets off a Washington Post story. A link to buying it through his PayPal account.
== “Benchwarmer: An Anxious Dad’s Almanac of Fatherhood and Other Failures,” by Josh Wilker (the author of “Cardboard Gods” who uses more baseball analogies as he awaits his first kid
== “The Boyer Brothers of Baseball,” by Lew Freedman
== “The Spectacular Case of the 1962 Los Angeles Angels,” a Kindle edition book by Jeff Mays (here’s a small sample)
== “Tony Oliva: The Life and Times of a Minnesota Twins Legend,” by Thom Henninger
== “The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the New York Yankees,” by Steve Steinberg and Lyle Spatz
== “Willie Keeler: From the Playgrounds of Brooklyn to the Hall of Fame,” by Lyle Spatz
== “Pinstripes and Penance- The Life Story Of John Malangone,” by Michael Harrison
== “Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak,” by Travis Sawchik
== “War on the Basepaths: The Definitive Biography of Ty Cobb,” by Tim Hornbaker
== “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty,” by Charles Leerhsen
== “I Wore Babe Ruth’s Hat: Field Notes from a Life in Sports,” by David W. Zang
== “715: Reflections on Hammerin’ Hank and the Home Run That Made History,” by Kevin Neary
== “The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes,” by Jorge Posada
== “Mystic: A Small Town from Base Ball’s Yesterday,” by Peter A. Lamana
== “Five O’Clock Lightning: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the Greatest Baseball Team in History, the 1927 New York Yankees,” a reissue of the 2007 book by Harvey Frommer
== “Baseball’s Untold History: Vol I – The People,” by Seamheads.com founder Michael Lynch
And what will come out later this summer:
== “The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Strange Saga of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” by Molly Knight
== “Bobo Newsom: Baseball’s Traveling Man” by Jim McConnell
== “Still Throwing Heat: Strikeouts, the Streets, and a Second Chance,” by J.R. Richard and Lew Freedman
== “Strangers in the Bronx: DiMaggio, Mantle, and the Changing of the Yankee Guard,” by Andrew O’Toole
== “Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty,” by Bengie Molina and Joan Ryan
== “Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk,” by Doug Wilson