There seem to be more great books associated with baseball than with any other sport. Maybe it is because the game lends itself to statistical analysis easier than other sports and therefore provides fodder for writers. Maybe it is also because it is not a hurried activity, which gives people time to reflect and ponder on the plays and participants and general atmosphere. Maybe I am just biased. In any event, here are some of my favorites. Feel free to suggest additions. I haven’t read many that are considered classics, such as Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer.
The Glory Of Their Times, Lawrence S. Ritter, William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, 1966
The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Eight Men Out, Eliot Asinof, Henry Holt and Company, Inc., New York, 1963
The Image of Their Greatness, An Illustrated History of Baseball from 1900 to the Present, Larence Ritter and Donald D. Honig, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, 1979