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Odds and Ends


Being involved in baseball books allows ones self to explore many different avenues.  From the first time a game was ever played to modern-day 2015, the possibilities are endless.  Some stories are told direct from the sources while others have been passed down from generation to generation.  No matter what your specific preference is, as long as you have an interest in the common theme of the sport of baseball, there is a book out there somewhere for you.  Today we are taking a look across a few of the subject matters that are available.

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By:Tony LaRussa-2012 Harper Collins Publishing

A story from one of the greatest managers of his generation in his own words.  A first hand account of the final on-field triumph of his illustrious career that ended in a World Series win.  An enjoyable book for all baseball fans that takes us inside the managers head and brings us along for the ride to the World Series.

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By:Jonathan Eig-2005 Simon & Schuester

An icon of baseball.  Lou Gehrig is easily one of the top ten people in baseball that almost everyone has heard of.  While not a first hand account of his life and career, it is a very detailed portrayal of the man who spent a lot of time in Babe Ruth’s shadow.  This book is becoming a baseball all-time classic due to both its subject and the writing.  A timeless player and his story has become a timeless book.

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By:Stuart Miller-2011 Acta Sports

For those that like to know about every aspect of the game and its history, this book is for you.  It walks you through the history of the bat.  How its made, how it was developed almost 150 years ago and shows how it has evolved to today’s modern bat.  It is a cool little book for those who really want to get all their facts about the hardware of the game.

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By:Josh Ostergaard-2014 Coffee House Press

Books like this are fun because they give you a different fans point of view.  The perspective of the game is a thing each person makes their own.  This book gives you how baseball is intertwined with American History and our society.  It is a little subjective but still a fun read.  It allows a whole new avenue for fans to explore beyond the game on the field.

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By:Bruce Adelson-1999 University of Virginia Press

Integration has always been a hot topic for Baseball Books.  Jackie Robinson alone has been debated numerous times.  There are so many different aspects that you would need 100 different books to cover them all.  This book takes a look within the hot-bed of racial issues, the American South.  It shows the struggles and violence that continued even after the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson, and how it finally came to be.

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By:Abraham Iqbal Khan-2012 University Press of Mississippi

Curt Flood has always been a lightning rod for criticism.  From his fight against the establishment of baseball to his handling of the media, he has gotten his share of trouble.  This book takes a look at race relations within baseball, the media coverage of those players and the eventual demise of certain players who were deemed activists.  It is a very interesting book that gives a different look on the race relations within the game and on Curt Flood’s story as a whole.

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By:Bob Kahn-2012 The Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Every reader has to start somewhere.  For me it was finding and falling in love with the game at a very early age.  Books like this one allow young readers to have books geared toward them.  The writing allows for learning about the game at a level that is easy for them to comprehend and enjoy.  Biographies like this one foster learning in the game as well as allowing the young fans to see all the different aspects of the game that have existed throughout its history.

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Edited by:Nicholas Dawidoff-2002 Library of America

Anthologies allow for the best of the best.  It gives you collections of the greatest writers, telling their greatest stories about the greatest game.  This books are easy to sit down and enjoy because you know you are getting the best.  For newer fans they help them understand the nuances of the game and what all the fuss had been about.  Some collections are better than others but this one truly gives you the best of the best.

This list is only scratching the surface on the subjects that are out there. Hopefully after looking through this some people now see how many different realms are out there and will think twice before picking up just anther player biography because it is the hot new celebrity story.  There is a wealth of knowledge out there just waiting to be discovered by new and old fans alike.

Happy Reading

Gregg

One Man Out – Curt Flood versus Baseball


Most, if not all baseball fans know who Curt Flood is.  For those fans that have been living under a rock for the past 45 years or so I can gladly explain who Curt Flood is.  Curt Flood is the man who upset the Major League Baseball owners apple cart.  Curt was traded from the Saint Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1969.  Long and the short of the story is Curt did not want to go to Philadelphia.  Hey, nobody wanted to be traded to the Phillies in 1969, but Curt’s reasons ran deeper.  He felt that no man should be treated like a piece of property and should be free to choose where he played.  Thus set off a fire storm that still has ramifications in today’s game.

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By:Robert M. Goldman University Press of Kansas 2008

Curt Flood challenged to the very core the owners power structure.  The reserve clause allowed them to “own” their players as long as they wished, and pay them whatever amounts they felt like.  It was the basis of which the entire player/owner structure operated.  Essentially with the backing of the newly born players union and some of the other players Curt took on the system.  In the end it was basically career suicide for Curt Flood as his skills eroded during the time he was on the shelf while his court proceedings went on.  Also it gave other owners a bad taste for Curt and he may have been for the most part unofficially black-listed from Major League Baseball.

Robert Goldman takes a look at the legal aspect of the Curt Flood case and the legal maneuvers that transpired on both parts.  It is very detailed and painstakingly analyzes the events of the case.  If you are not familiar with the in-depth details of the suit, this would be a good book to take the time to read that explains all the events in an easy to use format.  It shows what actually transpired and cracked the door open to free agency within baseball for future generations.

Books on this subject lead me to another question.  It has been the good part of 50 years since this landmark case occurred.  When is the point we have learned as much as we can about the subject matter?  Curt Flood, Bowie Kuhn and Marvin Miller have all passed on, and most of the supporting cast members as well.  At what point do we not have any one left to get any more information first hand from?  At what point are we just getting hearsay and opinions from people who were not directly involved in the main story?

I think we may be getting to that point with Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball as well.  Its unfortunate with the passing of time we lose those with first hand knowledge, but when do we get to the point where we say we have learned or analyzed everything we can on this matter?  I don’t know when that time or place is, I am merely asking the question because I don’t know the answer either.

Students of the game should enjoy this book, it gives a thorough look at landmark case that changed the game forever.

You can get this book from the nice folks at the University Press of Kansas

http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/

Happy Reading

Gregg