The Baseball Almanac Book Shelf

Book shelves lined with baseball books: some reference, some fiction, some historical, and some that are just plain fun to read. Over seventy-thousand books have been written covering every facet of our national pastime. With so many choices, and so many different versions, it can be difficult deciding what books deserve your money. Moe Berg, the legendary Major League catcher turned spy, once said that he, "would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books, than a King who did not like reading."

Ralph Andreannoe wrote in No Joy in Mudville (1965) that, "The literature of baseball is voluminous; some of it is extremely valuable, but most of it is riddled with cliches and empty analysis." If the book we review is empty analysis, Baseball Almanac will tell you. If its not, then we will tell you that as well. Our standard is simple; is the data accurate, is the data helpful to our site, and is it worth it...

"Indeed, it may be fairly said that amongst all of mankind's games and sports, only chess, with its advantage of over a thousand years of existence and its international exposure, surpasses the literary outpourings devoted to baseball." - David Voigt in Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography (1986)
Baseball Book Shelf Book Reviews

In Order by Book Type

A Pitcher's Story
by Roger Angell
Baseball Almanac
Biographical Encyclopedia
by Total Sports, Inc.
Baseball Almanac
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Baseball Almanac
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Koufax Throws a Curve
by Brian M. Endsley
Rick "Shaq" Goldstein
In Baseball Book Reviews
Spitting on Diamonds
by Clyde Hogg
Baseball Almanac
The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
by Steve Fainaru & Ray Sanchez
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
The Duke of Havana
by Steve Fainaru & Ray Sanchez
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Uncle Robbie
by Jack Kavanagh & Norman Macht
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Go Pro BASEBALL WISE
by P.J. Dragseth
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
The Ripken Way
by Cal Ripken, Sr.
Baseball Almanac
Rick "Shaq" Goldstein
In Baseball Book Reviews
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Baseball and Philosophy
by Eric Bronson
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Line Drives : 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems
Edited by Brooke Horvath & Tim Wiles
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Summerland
by Michael Chabon
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
The Head Game
by Roger Kahn
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Dynasties
by Rob Neyer
Baseball Almanac
Connie Mack's '29 Triumph
by William C. Kashatus
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball
by Jonathan Fraser Light
Baseball Almanac
Damn Senators
by Mark Judge
Baseball Almanac
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Heartbreakers
by John Kuenster
Baseball Almanac
Images of Baseball (The Series)
by Arcadia Publishing
Baseball Almanac
More Than Merkle
by David W. Anderson
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Baseball Almanac
Smoke
by Peter C. Bjarkmen
Baseball Almanac
The 500 Home Runs Club
by Bob Allen & Bill Gilbert
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
The Ballpark Book
by Ron Smith
Baseball Almanac
Tiger Stadium
by Irwin J. Cohen
Baseball Almanac
Yankee Stadium
by Christopher Jennison
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Total Baseball
by Total Sports, Inc.
Baseball Almanac
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Baseball Letters
by Seth Swirsky
Baseball Almanac
Curveballs and Screwballs
by Jeffrey Lyons & Doug Lyons
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac
Tales from the Dugout
by Mike Shannon
Baseball Almanac
The Quotable Baseball Fanatic
by Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
Twins Trivia
by John Swol
Baseball Almanac
Dr. Donald McKim
In The Dugout
The Baseball Almanac Book Shelf

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Casey Award Winners
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