Books That “Play Ball!”

Tonight is Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game here in the U. S. Why not celebrate by reading a book about the national pastime? Here are some suggestions, both fiction and nonfiction.


FictionCover: The Art of Fielding

  • Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
  • The Natural by Bernard Malamud
  • The Brothers K by David James Duncan
  • The Great American Novel by Philip Roth
  • You Know Me Al by Ring Lardner
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • The Celebrant by Eric Rolfe Greenberg
  • The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Robert Coover
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo


NonfictionCover: The Summer Game

  • The Summer Game by Roger Angell
  • October 1964 by David Halberstam
  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
  • Ball Four by Jim Bouton
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Ted Williams by Leigh Montville
  • Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer
  • Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch
  • Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
  • Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy
  • Eight Men Out: The Black Sox And The 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof
  • Babe by Robert Creamer
  • Cobb by Al Stump
  • Juiced by Jose Canseco


What’s missing? Please post about your favorite baseball book, either fiction or nonfiction, in the comments.

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