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    Baseball library

    So, inspired by adding a few books on Mickey Mantle in @dano7 's Mantle thread, I went about digging out my book collection. Many of us love a good read about our favorite sport. Some books and authors are legendary, others can be more regional or compilations instead of a story about one person. Sometimes the best stores are about the people, with baseball merely the setting, not the point.

    I often pick up books with the intent to read it someday. I get most at my library's book sale. (Every 3-4 months) I try to get ones that people have donated, rather than ones that the library has decommissioned. Garage sales work too.

    So I'll start off with a few favorites and will add here and there. I hope others add pics of their own, and give recommendations of their favorites too. Click image for larger version. 

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    I'll start with a Cardinals theme. Which means starting with Stan the Man, of course.

    Here's a couple I picked up from the library sale.

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    I liked this book on Whitey Herzog because of the great stories he tells. A pretty below average player, but became a great manager (like a few others I'm sure you can name!)

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    Here's a local gem, published in the St. Louis area in 1976.

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    That's just a start. Let's see what you have!
    Collecting Gary and Joe Gaetti, Ozzie Smith, Kenny Boyer, Albert Pujols, Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer,and Brian Dinkleman. PM me if you have something you don't need that I might!

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    Very nice! We Saw Stars looks interesting! I have some I will post, both of general baseball and other player themed.
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    Sets completed 1955-1965, 1967, 1969, 1951 Topps Red & Blue Back, 1951 Bowman, 1955 Bowman, 1963 Fleer, 1965 Topps Embossed, 1961 Topps Stamps, 1962 Topps Stamps & 1968 Topps Game.
    Yankee needs:Two 1962 Topps stamp pairs. Need T209 Contentnea Roanoke players.dano 7 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr

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    Matt Christopher baseball books!

    Definitely not the greatest literary works of our time,
    but they were the only thing I'd read in grade school
    when it was time to do a book report.

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    Collector of Autographs, TTM autographs, Vintage, Yankees and Mantle
    Sets completed 1955-1965, 1967, 1969, 1951 Topps Red & Blue Back, 1951 Bowman, 1955 Bowman, 1963 Fleer, 1965 Topps Embossed, 1961 Topps Stamps, 1962 Topps Stamps & 1968 Topps Game.
    Yankee needs:Two 1962 Topps stamp pairs. Need T209 Contentnea Roanoke players.dano 7 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr

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    Here's a few for the Yankees fans (@dano7!) Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cleveland View Post
    Here's a few for the Yankees fans (@dano7!) Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks! Nice collection!
    Collector of Autographs, TTM autographs, Vintage, Yankees and Mantle
    Sets completed 1955-1965, 1967, 1969, 1951 Topps Red & Blue Back, 1951 Bowman, 1955 Bowman, 1963 Fleer, 1965 Topps Embossed, 1961 Topps Stamps, 1962 Topps Stamps & 1968 Topps Game.
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    This one just arrived today, directly from Jim Coates for $16.

    Jim Coates "Always A Yankee" 4/11/18 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr


    Jim Coates "Always A Yankee" inscription 4/11/18 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr
    Collector of Autographs, TTM autographs, Vintage, Yankees and Mantle
    Sets completed 1955-1965, 1967, 1969, 1951 Topps Red & Blue Back, 1951 Bowman, 1955 Bowman, 1963 Fleer, 1965 Topps Embossed, 1961 Topps Stamps, 1962 Topps Stamps & 1968 Topps Game.
    Yankee needs:Two 1962 Topps stamp pairs. Need T209 Contentnea Roanoke players.dano 7 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by dano7 View Post
    This one just arrived today, directly from Jim Coates for $16.

    Jim Coates "Always A Yankee" 4/11/18 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr


    Jim Coates "Always A Yankee" inscription 4/11/18 by Danny Secrist, on Flickr
    His wife Dot wrote the top part, then he added his signature. They are such a cute old couple


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    Don't have pics but I loved Ball Four(Bouton) and The Bronx is Burning. I really liked the Bronx is Burning because it gives you a historical take on things in New York at that time from the mayoral race to the Son of Sam stuff to the blackout etc. Really went beyond baseball which was cool to me. Made me feel like I was there and seeing and hearing things most New Yorker's experienced at that time. I also liked The Bad Guys Won about the 86 Mets.


    Other mentions not related to BB are The Punch written by Feinstein (I believe) and a pretty good read about Rudy T and the Kermit Washington fight(as a lifelong Houston fan I never even knew that happened...seriously...nobody ever talks about it). Also, the Sports Gene. Very broken down look at what might be facilitating factors that determine athleticism. Also provides some historical perspective.
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    Also collecting Jerry Stackhouse! 751 different cards!
    Also collecting Jack Lambert and football players from all Texas colleges!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dano7 View Post
    Thanks! Nice collection!
    October 1964 is one of my favorite books of all time, much less baseball books of all time.
    I PC Jeff Frye, Ozzie Smith, Jeff Bagwell, and Matt Holiday. Working on 2006-2018 Allen & Ginter sets
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    Every baseball library needs a copy of Casey at the Bat. This is a children's book, published in 1964.

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    You've probably seen the movie, read the book. There are differences (like any book to move adaptation.)

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    To anyone wanting to start a vintage book collection, https://www.biblio.com/ is a great site I've had success with. Just sort by year+keyword+photo..... and refresh if your search says Zero, because sometimes it bugs and there really are books for your search.

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    Game of shadows was a great read.


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    Baseball library

    Iíve got a couple of hundred baseball books, both fiction and nonfiction.

    Here are three of my favorites. They are all first editions.

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    Letís see...

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    That shelf is all my autographed books, so thatís a mix but a bunch of baseball there...Before the Glory is one my friend wrote, heís the guy who runs the event i volunteer at every year

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    That shelf is the majority of my Mets books

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    That shelf is mostly miscellaneous baseball.

    Not pictured are the Dirk Hayhurst books (although one might be on the autographed shelf) and they are great reads!


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