Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Best books on baseball

Doug Glanville played center field for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers from 1996 through 2004. His new book, The Game from Where I Stand, is out in early May.

He named his "favorite books that capture the spirit and essence of baseball" for The Daily Beast. One title on the list:
The Complete Game
by Ron Darling

Wonderful insight into the mind and soul of a pitcher. Even though I enjoyed a 15 season professional career, as a position player, I only knew so much about what it means to be a pitcher. Darling brilliantly breaks his book into parts where each chapter is an inning in a complete game, using stories to support what state a pitcher is in during that frame in the marathon of a complete game.
Read about another book on the list.

Also see Richard J. Tofel's list of the five best books on baseball as a business, Tim McCarver's five best list of baseball books, Tom Werner's six favorite baseball books, Fay Vincent's five best list of baseball books, and Nicholas Dawidoff's five best list of baseball fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue