2008 Baseball Book List
BASEBALL AMERICA PROSPECT HANDBOOK
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(Baseball America, $29.95). In-depth scouting reports on 900 prospects.
BASEBALL PROSPECTUS 2008
(Plume, $21.95). Annual guide with projections, thoughts on players and other essays.
THE BILL JAMES GOLD MINE
By Bill James (ACTA Sports, $21.95). The closest thing to a Baseball Abstract since the late 1980s. James writes essays on various topics.
THE HARDBALL TIMES BASEBALL ANNUAL
(ACTA Sports, $19.95). Review of the 2007 season combined with a look ahead and essays for 2008.
THE HARDBALL TIMES SEASON PREVIEW
(ACTA Sports, $17.95). Spawned from the Website, player projections, team capsules and other notes on the upcoming season.
IT AIN'T OVER TIL IT'S OVER
Edited by Steven Goldman (Basic Books, $15.95). Paperback version of Baseball Propsectus writers' look at pennant races.
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANALYST 2008
By Deric McKamey (Shandler Enterprises, $19.95). McKamey analyzes minor league prospects through stats and scouting.
RON SHANDLER'S BASEBALL FORECASTER
By Ron Shandler (Shandler Enterprises, $24.95). Longtime annual guide with projections to help you win a fantasy league.
THE 33-YEAR OLD ROOKIE
By Chris Coste (Ballantine, $25). Long-time indy leaguer had to endure years of disappointment to make it to the big leagues.
AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
By Jerry Coleman with Richard Goldstein (Triumph Books, $24.95). Story of Yankees, Marine and broadcasting great.
AUGUST 'GARRY' HERRMANN
By William A. Cook (McFarland, $29.95). Biography of one of the most influential owners of the deadball era.
BABE AND THE KID
By Charlie Poekel (History Press, $19.99). Story of the life of Johnny Sylvester, the kid who inspired Babe Ruth's called home run.
THE BALLAD OF BILLY AND GEORGE
By Phil Pepe (Lyons Press, $24.95). Story of the on-again-off-again professional marriage of Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.
BIG ED WALSH
By Jack Smiles (McFarland, $29.95). Story of a spitballer who earned a spot in the Hall of Fame.
By David Ortiz and Tony Massarotti (St. Martin's Griffin, $14.95). Paperback version of the Red Sox slugger's story.
BILLY WILLIAMS, MY SWEET-SWINGING LIFETIME WITH THE CUBS
By Billy Williams with Fred Mitchell (Triumph Books, $24.95). Story of one of the Cubs most-beloved players.
CHIEF BENDER'S BURDEN
By Tom Swift (Nebraska, $24.95). In-depth biography of early 1900's pitching star.
By Mike Lowell and Rob Bradford (Celebra, $23.95). Biography of the Red Sox third baseman who battled back from cancer.
By Ian Browne (The Lyons Press, $16.95). Chronicle of Daisuke Matsuzaka's first year in the U.S.
By Daniel R. Levitt (Nebraska, $29.95). Biography of the mastermind who built the Yankees dynasty.
By Rick Huhn (McFarland, $35). Billed as the definitive book on the White Sox and A's great.
By John and Rick Wolff (Sterling Press, $24.95). Story of a father and son's experiences in minor league baseball.
I LIVE FOR THIS
By Bill Plaschke with Tommy Lasorda (Houghton Mifflin, $25). Autobiography of Tommy Lasorda, the man who bleeds Dodger Blue.
By Gary Sheffield with David Ritz (Three Rivers Press, $13.95). Paperback version as longtime big league slugger lets rip on steroids and the Yankees.
JOHN SCOLINOS, THE MAN, THE LEGEND
By Jerry Miles (DragonFlyer Press, $20). The life of the longtime coach of Pepperdine University and Cal Poly.
OPENING DAY: THE STORY OF JACKIE ROBINSON'S FIRST SEASON
By Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster, $15). Paperback update of Eig's biography of Robinson's 1947 season.
PODNUH LET ME TELL YOU A STORY
By Mel Didier and T.R. Sullivan (Gulf South Books, $24.99) Story on long-time scout Mel Didier.
PLAYING WITH THE ENEMY
By Gary W. Moore (Penguin Books, $15). Baseball player teaches German POWs to play baseball during World War II.
PRIDE AND PINSTRIPES
By Mel Stottlemyre with John Harper (Harper Entertainment, $13.95). Paperback edition of story of Stottlemyre's long career.
By Jeff Carroll. (McFarland, $29.95). The story of the Senators Hall of Fame outfielder.
THE SOUL OF BASEBALL
By Joe Posnanski (HarperCollins Press, $13.95). Paperback version of Posnanski's ode to Buck O'Neill.
By Charles C. Alexander (Southern Methodist University Press, $25.95). Biography of baseball great Tris Speaker.
STILL A KID AT HEART
By Gary Carter and Phil Pepe (Triumph Books, $16.47). Longtime Mets and Expos catcher shares his stories.
TED THE KID
By John B. Holoway (Scorpio Books, $35). First of a trilogy covers Williams' life up to 1941.
By Jose Canseco (Simon Spotlight, $25.95). Follow-up book on steroids by Canseco.
A WELL PAID SLAVE
By Brad Snyder (Plume, $16). Paperback update of the biography of the man who started free agency, Curt Flood.
THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS
By Deborah Wiles (Harcourt Children's Books, $16). Little League all-star pitcher House Jackson has a secret.
A GIRL NAMED DAN
By Dandi Daley Mackall (Sleeping Bear Press, $16.95). True story of author's love of the game, and the difficulty of playing as a girl in the 1960s.
JIM AND ME
By Dan Gutman (HarperCollins Children, $15.99). Continuing a series, a child travels to 1913 to meet Jim Thorpe.
SMITHSONIAN BASEBALL TREASURES
By Stephen Wong (HarperCollins Children, $16.99) Picture book with artifacts from baseball's great history.
ANATOMY OF BASEBALL
Edited by Lee Gutkind and Andrew Blauner (Southern Methodist Press, $22.50). Top writers share essays on baseball.
TIM McCARVER'S DIAMOND GEMS
Edited by Tim McCarver (McGraw Hill, $24.95). More than 70 players share their favorite baseball stories.
THE END OF BASEBALL
By Peter Schilling Jr. (Ivan R. Dee, $25). Historical novel set in 1944 that looks at what would have happened if Bill Veeck intergrated the game.
THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER
By Frank Nappi (St. Martin's Press, $24.95). An autistic teen has one of the best arms scouts have ever seen.
'30: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S YEAR OF THE BATTER
By Ray Zardetto (McFarland, $35). It was the year hitting .300 meant you were average.
100 THINGS RED SOX FANS SHOULD KNOW AND DO BEFORE THEY DIE
By Nick Cafardo (Triumph Books, $19.95). Read about great Red Sox players and seasons.
2008 OFFICIAL RULES OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
(Triumph Books, $9.95). With Sporting News out of the baseball book biz, Triumph takes over the official rule book.
THE AMAZING METS, 1962-1969
By William J. Ryczek (McFarland, $29.95). The story of the Mets from 40 wins to a World Series title.
BASE BALL ON THE WESTERN RESERVE
By James M. Egan, Jr. (McFarland, $29.95). Baseball around Cleveland from 1865-1900.
By George Vecsey (Modern Library Chronicles, $14). Long-time baseball writer delves into the history of the game.
BASEBALL AMERICA 2008 DIRECTORY
By Baseball America's Editors (Baseball America, $26.95). Schedules, contact information and staff information for all of the majors and minors.
By Dan Scholssberg (Alpha Books, $16.95). Trivia and little-known facts about baseball.
By Mike Shannon (McFarland, $29.95). History of baseball books and collecting books as well as a price guide for sought-after titles.
BASEBALL'S GREATEST 1,000 REVISED
By Derek Gentile (Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, $14.95). Ranking the best players in baseball history.
BURYING THE BLACK SOX
By Gene Carney (Potomac Books, $17.95). Paperback version of the look at how baseball tried to cover up the scandal.
BUT DIDN'T WE HAVE FUN
By Peter Morris (Ivan R. Dee, $27.50). The story of baseball in its early days from 1843-1870.
THE BEST GAME EVER
By Jim Reisler (Carroll & Graf, $26.00). An in-depth look at Game 7 of the Yankees-Pirates 1960 Series.
BRAVE AT HEART
By Walter Victor, Anne Jones and Sidney Jones (Indigo Publishing, $24.95). Story of the Braves longtime photographer and his memories on the game.
CENTER FIELD SHOT
By James R. Walker and Robert V. Bellamy Jr. (University of Nebraska Press, $24.95). A history of baseball on television.
THE CROWD SOUNDS HAPPY
By Nicholas Dawidoff (Pantheon, $24.95). Coming of age story for the author, who turned to the Red Sox as a salve in a difficult childhood.
By Tony Massarotti (St. Martin's Press, $24.95). More of a look at the building of a winner than a chronicle of the Red Sox latest title.
By Jonathan Mayo (Lyons Press, $16.95). Stories from the hitters who've had to face Roger Clemens.
FAITHFUL TO FENWAY
By Michael Ian Borer (New York University, $18.95). History of one of baseball's most famous parks.
THE FALL OF THE 1977 PHILLIES
By Mitchell Nathanson (McFarland, $29.95). A look at how the team's collapse hurt the city as well.
FIVE O'CLOCK LIGHTNING
By Harvey Frommer (Wiley News, $24.95). Chronicle of the 1927 Yankees.
THE GIGANTIC BOOK OF BASEBALL QUOTATIONS
Edited by Wayne Stewart (Sterling Press, $24.95). Gigantic indeed at nearly 800 pages. Quips and quotes from baseball greats through the years.
GOING, GOING, GONE!: THE ART OF THE TRADE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
By Fran Zimniuch (Taylor Trade, $16.95). A look at the good, bad and interesting baseball trades through the years.
GLORY DAYS: NEW YORK BASEBALL 1947-1957
By Museum of City of New York (Collins, $19.95). The story of when New York baseball ruled the world.
THE GREATEST GAME
By Richard Bradley (Free Press, $25). In-depth look at the 1978 playoff game between the Red Sox and Yankees that finished with Bucky Dent's home run.
GROWING THE GAME
By Alan M. Klein (Yale University, $18). A look at how baseball is trying to globalize the game.
GUIDE TO NEW ENGLAND BALLPARKS
By Tom Mason with Mark A. Brown and David Laurila (Maple Street Press, $22.95). A look at ballparks throughout the Northeast.
By Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon (Lyons Press, $14.95). Ghost stories, legends and curses from around baseball.
THE LAST YEARS OF THE BROOKLYN DODGERS
By Rudy Marzano (McFarland, $29.95). A look at the last eight years of Dem Bums.
LATINO BASEBALL LEGENDS
By Peter Bjarkman (Greenwood Pub Group, $75). Biographies of Latino stars of the game.
LOST IN THE SUN
By G. Richard McKelvey (McFarland, $29.95). A look at players who had to come back from serious injuries or setbacks.
MAKING THE PLAY
By Dave Winfield with Michael Levin (Scribner, $14). Paperback update as former Yankee great gives his ideas for fixing baseball.
METS BY THE NUMBERS
By Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman (Skyhorse Publishing, $14.95). A different idea: looking at which Mets players have worn each number.
THE RISE AND FALL OF DODGERTOWN
By Rody L. Johnson (University Press of Florida, $24.95). The history of Dodgertown from its inception to the farewell to the Dodgers.
ROB NEYER BIG BOOK OF BASEBALL LEGENDS
By Rob Neyer (Simon & Schuster, (Fireside, $16). Columnist investigates some of baseball's best stories.
SOCK IT TO 'EM TIGERS
Edited by Mark Pattison and David Raglin (Potomac Books, $24.95). The story of the 1968 Tigers run to a title.
SOUTH OF THE COLOR BARRIER
By John Virtue (McFarland, $29.95). Story of how Jorge Pasquel and the Mexican League helped hasten the integration of Major League Baseball.
THE NEW ENGLAND LEAGUE
By Charlie Bevis (McFarland, $29.95). One of the key leagues during the early years of minor league baseball.
VENEZUELAN BUST, BASEBALL BOOM
By Milton H. Jamail (University of Nebraska Press, $19.95). Explaining the story of how Astros scout Andres Reiner opened the floodgates of Venezuelan talent.
By Samuel Regaldo (University of Illinois Press, $19.95). Paperback version of Regaldo's chronicle of the story of Latino players in major league baseball.
WE WOULD HAVE PLAYED FOR NOTHING
By Fay Vincent (Simon & Schuster, $25). Oral history from players from the 1950s and 1960s.
WORKING AT THE BALLPARK
By Tom Jones (Skyhorse Publishing, $17.95). Interesting look at the careers of people in and around the game.
By Mark Vancil and Alfred Santasiere III (Pocket Books, $50). Picture book ode to the House That Ruth Built.
YANKEE STADIUM, A TRIBUTE
By Les Krantz (HarperCollins Books, $29.95) Picture book with DVD looks at the great games and players who graced the stadium.
THE YANKEES IN THE EARLY 1960s
By William J. Ryczek (McFarland, $29.95). New information on the last years of Mantle's Yankees.
YOUR BRAIN ON CUBS
Edited by Dan Gordon (University of Chicago Press, $19.95). Essays on the Cubs.
60,000 HITTING LESSONS
By Jack Perconte (Second Base Publishing, $19.95). Instructional book on how to improve your hitting, with tips from a big leaguer.
COMPLETE CONDITION FOR BASEBALL
By Steve Tamborra (Human Kinetics, $24.95). Conditioning to improve power at the plate and velocity on the mound.
IT TAKES MORE THAN BALLS
By Deidre Silva and Jackie Koney (Skyhorse Publishing, $14.95). Tips and tricks to help women, and anyone, understand the game better.
LITTLE LEAGUE DRILLS AND STRATEGIES
By Ned McIntosh (McGraw Hill, $14.95). Tips on how to gives little leaguers the basics while helping them have fun.
MANAGING LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
By Ned McIntosh (McGraw Hill, $14.95). Updated version of the Little League approved tip book for managers.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BASEBALL
By Mike Stadler (Gotham Books, $15). A look at what's going on in baseball player's heads during a game.
BASEBALL AMERICA 2008 ALMANAC.
(Baseball America, $20.95). Stats and summaries for all levels of baseball from the majors to high school.
BASEBALL AMERICA 2008 SUPER REGISTER
(Baseball America, $79.95). Complete career statistics and biographical information for every active player in professional organized baseball.
THE BILL JAMES 2008 HANDBOOK.
By Baseball Info Systems (ACTA Sports, $21.95). Stats on every major leaguer, including the stats from The Fielding Bible.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.
(Baseball America, $49.95) Year-by-year statistical chronicle of the minor league game.
THE ULTIMATE YANKEES COMPANION.
Edited by Gary Gillette and Pete Palmer (Maple Street Press LLC, $24.95) Stats, biographies and other notes make this a historical record of the Yankees.