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His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
3.46
A grudge-holding hack writes an autobiography that's not that great, even by standards of medium-form sports writing.

The grudge-holding hack?

First, I...more
May 18, 2014
May 18, 2014
 
Stan Musial: An American Life
3.79
Maybe Stan Musial hasn't made more baseball fans' "cut" because he hasn't had better or deeper biographies. George Vecsey tries, but doesn't quite get...more
Mar 19, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
 
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
4.26
This should be the final word on Ted Williams.

It's more in-depth than anything else I've read about his almost manic (in a clinical psychology sense)...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
 
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth
4.17
This is a solid supplement to the Frontline episode about the NFL and concussions.

The main takeaways I got from the book that weren't in the PBS progr...more
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
4.17
Eig gets past some of the veil-hazed Gehrig mythos, especially about his two years in dealing with the knowledge of ALS.

By going into detail about Geh...more
Oct 15, 2003
Dec 27, 2012
 
One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season
3.85
Good for Cards fans, OK for baseball fans

This is an overview of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 run to the World Series victory over the Texas Rangers,...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
 
Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame
4.10
A good intro to James' sabermetric thoughts as they impact the Hall of Fame.

Though he says early on that this is NOT a book about who should be in or...more
Feb 29, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year
3.81
Nice, but not a lot more than that. Probably should be either 30-40 pages longer, for a real read, or 30 pages shorter, for a real light read. Ideally...more
Mar 29, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame
3.45
As BBWAA voters debate the possible admittance of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens into the Hall of Fame, this is a good book to read. Beyond Ty Cobb's r...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
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