Three Percent #189: Baseball

Well, we did it: One whole episode just about baseball and books about baseball and baseball memories and anything else baseball. Caitlin Luce Baker of Island Books, James Crossley of Madison Books, and Dan Wells of Biblioasis join Chad W. Post from Open Letter to pick their “all-time favorite” books about baseball.

This week’s music is “The Yips” and “Eraseable Man” by The Baseball Project.

Caitlin’s Picks:

The Cultural History of Baseball by Jonathan Fraser Light

The Brothers K by David James Duncan

Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues  by Jim Bouton

The Physics of Baseball by Robert K. Adair

Alan Nathan’s blog, The Physics of Baseball

The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham by Ron Shelton

Away Games: The Life and Times of a Latin Ballplayer by Marcos Bretón and José Luis Villegas

Lords of the Realm by John Helyar


Dan’s Picks:

Keystone Kids by John R. Tunis

Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters by Mark Kingwell

1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars’ Barrier-Breaking Year by Heidi LM Jacobs


James’s Picks:

All of Roger Angell

A False Spring & A Nice Tuesday by Pat Jordan

The Utility of Boredom by Andrew Forbes

The Celebrant by Eric Rolfe Greenberg

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball by Donald Hall


Chad’s Picks:

Baseball Genius by Derek Jeter

The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. by Robert Coover

The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life by Rick Ankiel

The Phenom (film)

Believeniks!: 2005: The Year We Wrote a Book About the Mets by Ivan Felt and Harris Conklin


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