I was thinking the other day of some of the great baseball books I've read through the decades, and I thought I'd share some of the list here, and see what other favorites folks had.
The Boys of Summer Roger Kahn--a great story about the original Brooklyn Dodgers, and some great personal anecdotes from the 50's.
The Summer Game Roger Angell
Five Seasons Roger Angell--Possibly some of the best writing about baseball ever, from Sandy Koufax to the Big Red Machine.
The Long Season Jim Brosnan
Pennant Race Jim Brosnan--Brosnan was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in the 60's; this is really one of the first player narrative books, and they're both a really fascinating read.
The Southpaw Mark Harris
Bang the Drum Slowly Mark Harris--Possibly the two best fictional novels about baseball I've ever read.
The Bronx Zoo Sparky Lyle--Of all the baseball player-written books, this is my favorite, if only for the Yogi Berra story. If you want, I'll recall it here and save you from reading the rest, if you want...
So what other favorites do you have? Ever read any of the ones above?