OT: MGoCrowdSource list of baseball books

OT: MGoCrowdSource list of baseball books

Submitted by LLG on May 13th, 2018 at 12:29 PM

A week ago, I asked for everyone's recommendations on baseball books.  I put together the list and categorized it for those interested.  I really appreciated all the suggestions. 

Top Recommendations

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

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George Will

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

You Gotta Have Wa by Robert Whiting

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Fiction)

 

Biography/Autobiography

Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert W. Creamer

Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero by Leigh Montville

Hustle : The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose by Michael Sokolove

Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck  by Bill Veeck & Ed Linn

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff

It's What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts : The Autobiography of Earl Weaver by Earl Weaver and Berry Stainback

Nice Guys Finish Last by Leo Durocher

Fear Strikes Out by Jim Piersall

The Truth Hurts by Jimmy Piersall

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

Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir by Bob Feller

Yaz: Baseball, The Wall And Me by by Carl Yazstrzamski

Some of My Best Friends Are Crazy: Baseball's Favorite Lunatic Goes in Search of His Peers by Jay Johnstone

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch;

 

Seasons/Teams/History

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game by Edward Achorn (Author)

Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History by Cait N. Murphy and Robert W. Creamer

The Pitch That Killed: Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the Pennant Race of 1920 by Mike Sowell

3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger

Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

The Kid from Tomkinsville (The Brooklyn Dodgers series) by John R. Tunis

October 1964 by David Halberstam

Is This a Great Game, or What?:  From A-Rod’s Heart to Zim’s Head--My 25 Years in Baseball by Tim Kurkjian

I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies Tim Kurkjian

The Machine by Joe Posnanski

Dollar Sign on the Muscle by Kevin Kerrane

Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s by Dan Epstein

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen

The Chrysanthemum and the Bat by Robert Whiting

The Summer Game by Roger Angell

Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets’ First Year by Jimmy Breslin

The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams by Michael Tackett

Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949-1964 by Peter Golenbock

Baseball: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs, and Politicos Who Reinvented the World Series in 1912 by Mike Vaccaro;

 

Fiction

Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris (Author, Introduction)

Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella (the book that became Field of Dreams)

If I Never Get Back by Daryl Brock

The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship by David Halberstam

The Pitch That Killed: Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the Pennant Race of 1920 by Mike Sowel

Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof (reconstructed the story)
 

Sabermetrics

Baseball Prospectus 2018

Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by by Baseball Prospectus Jonah Keri

Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus  by The Baseball Prospectus and Steven Goldman

The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First First by Jonah Keri

The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball by Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair by Michael Lewis

 

Michigan

So You Think You're a Die-Hard Tiger Fan by Joe Falls

The Detroit Tigers: An Illustrated History by Joe Falls

Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan by Peter Morris

 

Youth Adult or Younger

"The Kid Who Only Hit Homers" by Matt Christopher

"Catcher with a Glass Arm" by Matt Christopher

Hang Tough, Paul Mather by Alfred Slote

Tony and Me by Alfred Slote

The Fox Steals Home by Matt Christopher

The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

OT: Baseball Books (edited to include top recommendations)

OT: Baseball Books (edited to include top recommendations)

Submitted by LLG on May 6th, 2018 at 3:26 PM

I've become more interested in baseball this year, and I was wondering (for those people on the Board who are fans of baseball), what are your 2 or 3 favorite baseball books?

Also, when your teams is out of the running for the playoffs, what maintains your interest in the game?  Do you follow individual players or have teams that you cheer for in the top tier?  Or do you just somewhat stop watching all together until it gets closer to the playoffs?

Edit -- here are your top recommendations

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

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George Will

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

You Gotta Have Wa by Robert Whiting

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Fiction)

What's the Michigan sports-related hill you're willing to die on?

What's the Michigan sports-related hill you're willing to die on?

Submitted by Caesar on February 21st, 2018 at 7:17 AM

Worded differently: what's an unpopular view that you feel very strongly about for Michigan athletics? Gut-feelings are at home here, but bonus points are awarded (not actually awarded) for some evidence. Examples include stuff like, "Harbaugh is overrated," &c.

OT: How athletic are baseball players?

OT: How athletic are baseball players?

Submitted by Cranky Dave on August 5th, 2017 at 9:53 PM
Before anyone tells me to quit drinking and go to bed let me say I am in a bar drinking. And I will go to bed when I feel like it. I'm watching baseball for the first time in about 14 years and baseball players are the least athletic professional athletes out of the 4 major sports. That's a fact. So where do baseball players ranks on the athletic spectrum of professional athletes? Discuss.

OT: Derek Jeter on why he created The Player's Tribune

OT: Derek Jeter on why he created The Player's Tribune

Submitted by ca_prophet on May 15th, 2017 at 6:16 PM

He wanted to give athletes a venue for first-person storytelling where they wouldn't be afraid of someone twisting their words for headlines:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/15/derek-jeter-on-why-he-started-the-pla…

My experience with the content on The Player's Tribune is positive; I've read some interesting stories and the first-person aspect has both made those stories better and set it apart from much of the other media content.

Judging by the number of contributors and athlete-investors, I'd say they think it's doing well too.

 

 

Baseball comeback falls short, lose to Indiana 12-9

Baseball comeback falls short, lose to Indiana 12-9

Submitted by Mr. Elbel on April 22nd, 2017 at 8:05 PM
Formatting might be off. Posting from my phone's browser. Earlier this week a lot of you have me advice on where to take my 6-year-old son this weekend. We ended up at the baseball game. Great call. We lost the game but had a great time regardless. As a thank you, here's a brief recap: IU jumped out early with a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. We responded with 2 runs of our own in the bottom half of the inning. IU came right back with back to back HRs, and never looked back. They tacked on 3 runs in the 4th to make it 7-2. Despite loading the bases in the bottom of the 4th, we only came away with 2 runs. IU blew it open again in the 5th with 4 more runs to make it 11-4. Both teams picked up a run by the 8th, but Harrison Wenson hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th to make things interesting. But we fell flat in the 9th, losing 12-9. Miles Lewis, Nick Poirier, Jonathan Engelmann and Harrison Wenson all had multi-hit games. #13 Michigan takes on IU at home for the 3rd game of the series tomorrow.

Thursday Night Sports Open Thread

Thursday Night Sports Open Thread

Submitted by MH20 on October 6th, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Temple up early on Memphis, 6-0, on ESPN2.

Louisiana Tech leads Western Kentucky, 14-7, over on CBS Sports.

Arizona and SF are scoreless early on CBS (Drew Stanton getting the start for AZ).

Finally, over on TBS, Boston leads the Indians, 1-0, in the bottom of 2nd on the strength of a HanRam RBI double.

[LOCKED] Semi-OT: NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-2017

[LOCKED] Semi-OT: NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-2017

Submitted by DubbaEwwTeeEff on September 13th, 2016 at 10:02 AM

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-relocate-cha…

Looks like the NCAA is following pro sports' examples and pulling events out of North Carolina due to their sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

Affected championship games:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
  • 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3. 

The release does mention that if a North Carolina team earns the right to play a championship game in their home state, it will be held there.

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OT: Andrew Romine, Tigers' Unsung Hero

OT: Andrew Romine, Tigers' Unsung Hero

Submitted by Mr. Elbel on August 4th, 2016 at 10:54 AM
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/08/03/andrew-romine-the-tigers-unheral… Great story from CBS Sports on Andrew Romine. Dude has been so helpful this year for Detroit. He's played all but two positions for the Tigers this year, and usually done so very well. He's outshined by our stars, but this article does a great job of focusing back on him for the work he's put in to be the most versatile player on the team. Every time he goes out, everyone is rooting for him to do well. Great read for Tigers fans.

Harbaugh First Pitch Video @ White Sox - Cubs

Harbaugh First Pitch Video @ White Sox - Cubs

Submitted by codeBLUE11 on July 29th, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Didn't see this posted, but Harbaugh got some pretty good heat on his first pitch at the White Sox - Cubs game Wednesday. Looks like he's been practicing a bit since his first pitch for the Tigers.

Will attempt to embed video in comments, but here is the link.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9v-MWG2JkA

 

and another from MLB.com

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8878538/v978768983/cws-chc-jim-harbaugh-throws-out-first-pitch

 

Edit: Looks like he also borrowed Matt Szczur's shoes? You can see him taking them off at the end of the second video.