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Staff Picks: Baseball Reads

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Recommended Reads about... Baseball

Brought to You by: Stephanie from Adult Services

How long Have you Been at Helen Plum Library? 3 years

Why did you choose this topic?
I am a huge baseball fan and have been my entire life. There is no place I’d rather be than at the ballpark on a summer day, watching a game. My goal is to see a game in every Major League park and I am over halfway there! Enjoy these books and movies featuring America’s pastime and take me out to the ballgame!

Baseball Staff Picks
Photo: My dog Bea, fellow baseball enthusiast and #1 Cubs Fan


  1. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella (FICTION KINSELLA)
  2. The Natural by Bernard Malamud (FICTION MALAMUD)
  3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (FICTION HARBACH)
  4. Calico Joe by John Grisham (FICTION GRISHAM)
  5. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (FICTION HOLMES)
  6. Blockade Billy by Stephen King (FICTION KING)
  7. A Winning Season by Rochelle Alers (PAPERBCK ROMANCE ALERS)
  8. Murder at Wrigley Field by Troy Soos (PAPERBCK MYSTERY SOOS)
  9. The Southpaw by Henry W. Wiggen; punctuation freely inserted and spelling greatly improved by Mark Harris (FICTION HARRIS)

Extra Innings Pick:  The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens (FICTION NEMENS)



  1. K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner (796.357 KEPNER)
  2. The Story of Baseball in 100 Photographs (796.357 STORY)
  3. Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton (796.357 BOUTON)
  4. Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof (796.357 ASINOF)
  5. Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series that Changed Baseball by Luke Epplin (796.357 EPPLIN)
  6. The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy (796.357 LEAVY)
  7. Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig (796.357 GEHRIG)
  8. 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid by Willie Mays and John Shea (796.357 MAYS)
  9. The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 Players and Their Brush with Baseball History by Jacob Kornhauser (796.357 KORNHAUS)

Extra Innings Pick: Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin (796.357 GOODWIN)



  1. A League of Their Own (DVD LEAGUE)
  2. Bull Durham (DVD BULL)
  3. The Natural (DVD NATURAL)
  4. The Sandlot (DVD-J POPULAR SANDLOT)
  5. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (DVD FORTY)
  6. Field of Dreams (DVD FIELD)
  7. Rookie of the Year (DVD-J ROOKIE)
  8. Angels in the Outfield (DVD-J ANGELS)
  9. Fever Pitch (DVD FEVER)

Extra Innings Pick: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns (DVD 796.357 BASEBALL)