By Ron Kaplan
Propounding his “small ball conception” of activities literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the extra bold the literature.” after all he had the particularly small baseball in brain, simply because its literature is formidable—vast and sundry, instructive, usually wildly unique, and infrequently remarkable. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has selected 501 of the easiest, making it more uncomplicated for lovers to discover simply the books to fit them (or to grasp what they’re missing).
From biography, background, fiction, and guideline to books approximately ballparks, company, and ideas, a person who likes to examine baseball will locate during this ebook a companionable consultant, way more enjoyable than a reference paintings has any correct to be.
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What’s up with that? 40 chap ter t wo In this compelling book, Allen shares his thoughts on the difﬁculties he had as an African American who grew up in an integrated town in the 1950s and later had to deal with the prejudice and hatred in the deep-South Minor Leagues and even in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Plagued by injuries (he appeared in 140 or more games only six times in a ﬁfteen-year career) and often at war with a press he considered condescending, Allen was not afraid to call out the hypocrisy directed against him: he received a standing ovation one minute, and was booed and called names the next.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007. At well over six hundred pages, Lowenﬁsh’s treatment of Branch “the Mahatma” Rickey would seem appropriate for a political leader, philosopher, scientist, or some other lofty profession. In a way, Rickey was all of those things. As a young executive for the Saint Louis Cardinals, he helped craft the Minor League farm system. Later, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had his eureka moment and paved the way for Jackie Robinson to break the nefarious color line.
Gordon began covering the two-year-old Blue Jays for the Toronto Star in 1979. The team was still trying to ﬁnd its way as one of the latest expansion teams, and, as is so often the case, the roster was made up mostly of players that other teams didn’t want. Gordon 46 chap ter t wo managed to ﬁnd the humor in an otherwise difﬁcult situation, balancing her duties of covering the news with, like it or not, being the news. So Foul Balls also functions as a commentary on the sociological issues of women in the workplace.
501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die by Ron Kaplan