Friday, December 5, 2014

Baseball best-sellers, Dec. 5

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message.

On with the show…

As you may have notice in recent weeks, the output on the Bookshelf has been sparse. Barring a stay of execution an extension on my new book, it will remain so until early next month, but the best-sellers go on.

Here are the top ten baseball books as per, as of this posting.

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But it’ll be close enough for government work.

Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason a recent listing included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way”, which, far as I can tell, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main. For the sake of brevity, I will be omitting the subtitles, which have become ridiculously long in in some cases in recent years, also at my discretion.

  1. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter.

  2. Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997, by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton

  3. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey ( review)

  4. Derek Jeter: Excellence and Elegance, by The New York Times

  5. 2014 World Series Champions: San Francisco Giants, by Major League Baseball

  6. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis

  7. The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Jeff Silverman

  8. The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter, by Ian O’Connor

  9. The Bill James Handbook 2015

  10. A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, by George F. Will

I’m hoping to find some time to post my suggestions for holiday gift-giving, both new and older titles, soon. Needless to say, 501 would make a nice stocking stuffer.

Not on this list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die, although it is doing a bit better of late. Still, ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right?

If you have read it, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon page. Doesn’t have to be long (or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it), but anything would be appreciated. And thanks to those who have :) .


Baseball best-sellers, Dec. 5

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