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)