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The Baseball 100

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Winner of the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year

“An instant sports classic.” —New York Post * “Stellar.” —The Wall Street Journal * “A true masterwork…880 pages of sheer baseball bliss.” —BookPage (starred review) * “This is a remarkable achievement.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magnum opus from acclaimed baseball writer Joe Posnanski, The Baseball 100 is an audacious, singular, and masterly book that took a lifetime to write. The entire story of baseball rings through a countdown of the 100 greatest players in history.

The Baseball 100 treats readers to the whole rich pageant of baseball history in a single volume. Chapter by chapter, Posnanski invites readers to examine common lore with brand-new eyes and learn stories that have long gone unheard. The epic and often emotional reading experience mirrors Posnanski’s personal odyssey to capture the history and glory of baseball like no one else, fueled by his boundless love for the sport.

Engrossing, surprising, and heartfelt, The Baseball 100 is a magisterial tribute to the game of baseball and the stars who have played it.

Why Baseball Classics Recommend It

“It’s the best MLB book we’ve read that provides in depth insights into the top rated iconic players of all-time.”

Why Baseball Classics Recommend It

“One-of-a-kind graphical perspective on the history of MLB every fan will love reading.”

This graphic novel steps up to the plate and covers all the bases in illustrating the origin of America’s national pastime, presenting a complete look at the beginnings (both real and legendary), developments, triumphs, and tragedies of baseball. It also breaks down the cultural impact and significance of the sport both in America and overseas (including Japan, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic), from the early days of America to the flying W outside Wrigley Field in 2016.

Featuring members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame and modern day stand-outs—including Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, the 1930s New York Yankees, the 2004 Boston Red Sox, the 2016 Chicago Cubs, and more—The Comic Book Story of Baseball spotlights the players, teams, games, and moments that built the sport’s legacy and ensured its popularity.

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

“Easily the best baseball book ever produced by anyone.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“This was the best baseball book published in 1966, it is the best baseball book of its kind now, and, if it is reissued in 10 years, it will be the best baseball book.” — People

From Lawrence Ritter, co-author of The Image of Their Greatness and The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time, comes one of the bestselling, most acclaimed sports books of all time.

Baseball was different in earlier days—tougher, more raw, more intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. In the monumental classic The Glory of Their Times, the golden era of our national pastime comes alive through the vibrant words of those who played and lived the game. It is a book every baseball fan should read!

Why Baseball Classics Recommend It

“Reading these great MLB throwback players in their own words will take you back to those times and fascinating experiences.”

Why Baseball Classics Recommend It

“Truly a classic presentation of recommended team lineups with reasons why for each  and every MLB player.”

You love to argue about the game and its players, delving into baseball history and lore in search of support for your points of view. You’ll find plenty of food for thought — and argument! — in Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Lineups.

Neyer presents a series of lineups for each franchise — from the All-Time and the All-Rookie to the All-Bust and the Traded Away. In notes, sidebars, and essays, he explores the careers of players both famous and obscure. The book includes information on all thirty current teams, as well as a special section covering legendary clubs like the Brooklyn Dodgers and Washington Senators. Neyer’s Big Book is an unparalleled reference for settling the debates that arise every day in the lives of baseball fans.

The Love of Baseball

The Love of Baseball takes readers on a stroll through baseball history, with unforgettable stories with historic black & white plus color photos that illustrate and bring baseball to life.

  • Chunky 320 page hardcover book features today’s baseball superstars and record-breakers with yesterday’s heroes.
  • Fascinating stories, as well as entertaining quotes, help readers get to know the greatest players of all time.
  • Includes profiles of baseball’s greatest players, ballparks, and broadcasters; interesting facts and statistics; memorable game moments; and much more

A must for any baseball fan, The Love of Baseball unfolds the sport’s rich and colorful history.

Why Baseball Classics Recommend It

“The title says it all!  We love this book and any MLB fan will too.  Plus, you can’t beat the price, it’s a must have for any baseball library.”

Why Baseball Classics Recommend It

“This book digs deep into the why for each ranking with hard to argue reasoning with player stories for the ages.”

Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time

It’s a debate nearly as old as the sport itself. Sure, there have been plenty of great baseball teams–but which was the best ever? While it seems like an unwinnable argument, the authors of Baseball Dynasties have risen to the challenge.

They took the top fifteen teams of the twentieth century, ran them through rigorous statistical analysis, and threw in some good old-fashioned opinion in their quest to determine, definitively, who was the greatest team in the history of baseball. Looking at continued brilliance over time (no one-season wonders allowed), Hall of Famers on the roster, offensive and defensive production, performance in the postseason, and numerous other tangibles and intangibles, Eddie Epstein and Rob Neyer put each team under the microscope–and picked a winner.

Stay tuned as we will be adding more all-time great baseball books from our recommended library

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