(More than) 30 baseball books for 2016 we wanted to get to but …

By art student Matthis Grunsky in Halifax, NS, Canada.

By art student Matthis Grunsky in Halifax, NS, Canada.

The books we had hoped to get to but for one reason or another – a late review copy, delayed release, etc. – we regret not being able to include:

51mWS+VVchL== “Stealing Games: How John McGraw Transformed Baseball with the 1911 New York Giants,” by Maury Klein
Ron Kaplan has a review for Bookreporter.com that includes: ” ‘Stealing Games’ is a marvel of research, almost to a fault. Practically every paragraph is cited, mercifully in endnotes rather than footnotes, which, given the sheer number, would have rendered this fine work difficult to navigate. This is a minor point, as Klein’s contribution will doubtlessly earn him the highest accolades from those in the baseball literary world.

== “Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women who Played the Game,” by Erica Westly. Due to come out in June, we figured that if softball star Jessica Mendoza was qualified enough to do analysis on ESPN MLB baseball, a baseball reader should be up to speed with the history of softball. Start with Bertha Ragan Tickey and the Buena Park Lynx.

== “Born Into Baseball: Laughter and Heartbreak at the Edge of The Show,” by Jim Campanis, Jr. (son of the former Dodgers GM)

== “Playing With Tigers: A Minor League Chronicle of the Sixties,” by George Gmelch

== “Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution,” by MLB Network anchor Brian Kenny

91Z2E+0wJ6L== “House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge, The Construction, The Demolotion, The Ressuraction,” by Lenny Dykstra with Peter Golenbock

== “All-Time Nines: Baseball’s Greatest Teams As Determined by Analytics,” by Don Cox

== “Beyond the Ballpark: The Honorable, Immoral and Eccentric Lives of Baseball Legends,” by John A. Wood

== “Characters from the Diamond: Wild Events, Crazy Antics, and Unique Tales from Early Baseball,” by Ronald T. Waldo

== “Darkhorse: The Jimmy Claxton Story,” by Ty Phelan

== “DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers,” by Tony Castro

515IP6HYm4L== “Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History,” by Joshua Shifrin and Tommy Shea

== “Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died,” by Dave Hoekstra (and Steve Dahl as a contributor)

== “Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of Shoeless Joe Jackson,” by Tim Hornbaker

== “Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher,” by Keith Craig

== “Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family,” by Bret Boone, with Kevin Cook

== “The Hall of Fame Corrected,” by Eddie Daniels

==Tony C: The Triumph and Tragedy of Tony Conigliaro,” by David Cataneo (updated from the 1998 original book)

512NxheahBL== “Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History,” by Kevin Reavy and Ryan Spaeder

== “Ralph Kiner: A Baseball Biography,” by Robert P. Broadwater

== “Down on the Korner: Ralph Kiner and Kiner’s Korner,” by Mark Rosenman and Howie Karpin

== “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” by Todd Karpovich and Jeff Seidel

== “The Elias Book of Baseball Records 2016: Major League Baseball Records, World Series Records, Championship Series Records, Division Series Records, All-Star Game Records, Hall of Fame Records,” by Seymour Siwoff

51EnpNzrwcL== “Ty Cobb, Baseball and Manhood,” by Steven Elliott Tripp

== “Baseball’s Funnymen: Twenty-four Jokers, Screwballs, Pranksters and Storytellers,” by Lew Freedman

== “Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball,” by Leslie A. Heaphy and Mel Anthony May

== “Handsom Ransom Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer,” by Ransom Jackson Jr., with Gaylon H. White

== “Inside Pitch: Playing and Broadcasting the Game I Love,” by Tom Glavine with Nick Cafardo

== “Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success: A Hall of Famer’s Approach to Achieving Excellence,” by Jim Palmer and Alan Maimon

== “Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit,” by Tom Stanton

== “The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams,” by Michael Tackett

== “The Knuckleball Club: The Extraordinary Men Who Mastered Baseball’s Most Difficult Pitch,” by Richard A. Johnson

== “The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty: Before the Curse,” by Hal Bock

== “The Pirates Unraveled: Pittsburgh’s 1926 Season,” by Angelo J. Louisa

== “The Tigers and Yankees in ’61: A Pennant Race for the Ages, the Babe’s Record Broken and Stormin’ Norman’s Greatest Season,” by Jim Sargent

== “50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball,” by Rocco Constantino

== “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty,” by Charles Leerhsen (from summer, 2015)

== “The Golden Era of Major League Baseball: A Time of Transition and Integration,” by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte (from Nov., 2015)

== “The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants,” by SABR Digital Library (from Dec., 2015)

== “Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game,” by Bob Gibson, with Lonnie Wheeler (from Oct., 2015)

== “In Cobb’s Shadow: The Hall of Fame Careers of Sam Crawford, Harry Heilmann and Heinie Manush,” by Dan D’Addona (from Sept., 2015)

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  • Ty Phelan

    Hello Tom, Thank you for including my book, “Darkhorse: The Jimmy Claxton Story” in your 30 books to read…. The book was released May 1, and I would be happy to send you a signed copy. My email is: roslynyippersbaseball@gmail.com, feel free to contact me. With great respect, Ty Phelan