Back again: A 2017 version of 30 baseball book reviews during the 30 days of April

Based loosely on the most-accepted definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result — by the time this 10th consecutive year of reviewing 30 baseball books during the 30 days of April finishes, I’ll be hitting 300.
It’s kind of insane and yet it brings some sanity at the same time as the dark period between last October and this April needs some baseball context.
It’s an exercise that tests endurance, tolerance and, most of all, resourcefulness to find the books, order review copies, then figure out how to condense once the stack reaches 50 plus in some cases.
The result should be satisfaction. It’s often superseded by exhaustion. Then gratification and pleasure. Otherwise, why keep doing it?
The ultimate purpose is more a public service and a personal mission, trying to give enough heads up to readers about how to navigate the newest array of baseball-themed books that come out every spring, and then deciding how we’re going to set the lineup.
Starting at noon on April 1, and going through April 30, we’ll hit on a variety of books we’ve come to find enlightening, impressive and, for some, a bit disappointing. That’s just how it goes and goes. The attempt is one thing, the execution is another.
The collection this year will start with the latest Josh Pahigian adventure; hit on biographies of Leo Durocher, Urban Shocker, Lyman Bostock, Rick Ankiel, Ford Frick, Casey Stengel, Lefty O’Doul, Mike Piazza, Bill Semsoth and (hopefully) Dick Allen; an autobiography of Ila Borders; a civics lesson about the creation of Dodger Stadium; a look back at how the ’16 Cubs became the World Champs; and a few other surprises along the way.
And, of course, a special Jackie Robinson collection of new material for April 15.
Going back to previous seasons of book choices and reviews:
= From 2016
= From 2015
= From 2014
= From 2013
= From 2012
= From 2011
= From 2010
= From 2009
= From 2008
= And an explanation we once gave as to why we even try this. And thanks again to some guidance from Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf.

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