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    I've pared down my whole library considerably since getting married. I used to have about 2000 books, now down to under 500, more going to Half-price soon. Just looking around, I found I didn't need them as "trophies" to store on shelves anymore, and won't reread them. Or if I ever do, I can just buy a new copy. I never had many baseball books, actually. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy and a collection of Kinsella shorts were in there. But I mainly had non-fiction, and mostly from childhood. Dan Schlossberg's Baseball Almanac was good for hours of randomly rereading a few pages at a time. Furman Bisher's Strange But True Baseball Stories. Bill James's New Historical Abstract and Win Shares. A 1997 copy of Total Baseball the size of an illuminated Lutheran Bible. A 1996 SCG price guide that was extremely frustrating because there was no year-by-year index, so if you wanted to look up, say, every Moe Berg card, there was no easy way to locate all sets from the 30s.
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    A few of my favorites:


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    Dig the books about the early days. Makes me think I could have played pro ball then!

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    And as long as we're looking at the early years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay1065 View Post
    A few of my favorites:


    The Soul of Baseball is such a great read. Even though it is a Cardinals history I couldn't get into The Summer of Beer and Whiskey. I'll likely try to read it again sometime.

    Have you read I Was Right On Time by Buck O'Neil and David Conrads?
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    I PC Jeff Frye, Ozzie Smith, Jeff Bagwell, and Matt Holiday. Working on 2006-2018 Allen & Ginter sets
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    I don't have a book on Buck, but I do have this one...

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    And with today being Jackie Robinson day, this is appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WizardofOz1982 View Post
    The Soul of Baseball is such a great read. Even though it is a Cardinals history I couldn't get into The Summer of Beer and Whiskey. I'll likely try to read it again sometime.

    Have you read I Was Right On Time by Buck O'Neil and David Conrads?
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    I haven't read that one. It is on my "to read" list, however.
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    Just finished this one. by Buster Olney. About the 2001 World Series...goes inning by inning on game 7, doing different players and their stories with every chapter. Great read, though it was a tough read at the end, being a Yankee fan.

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    Dorothy Kovalchick Roark sent her book ($25 & autographed) and included a signed thank you card, a signed Fritsch card she provided and a signed note!........ "Uncertain Destiny"


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    I don't know how I missed this thread before, but I am book collector myself, with a focus on baseball.

    I currently have 110 signed baseball books. One day, I will figure out a new place to store my images, but for now here is a link to all 110 titles on photobucket (feel free to ask specific questions about it if you don't want to go near a link to that horrible company, which is understandable).

    http://s236.photobucket.com/user/mig...?sort=4&page=1

    I admit to not having read all of them, or even half, but I do enjoy baseball books. For an insider's view of baseball history, I recommend the commissioners' autobiographies (Ford Frick, Happy Chandler, & Bowie Kuhn - I recall Selig selling the rights to a book a few years ago but have heard nothing about that since).

    I will throw in one two of my favorite baseball reads, only recommended for baseball nuts who are interested in the minutia of the game:



    HOF auto collector - I'm up to 258 different in my collection (used to have a photobucket link here, but photobucket sucks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Bombjack View Post
    I don't know how I missed this thread before, but I am book collector myself, with a focus on baseball.

    I currently have 110 signed baseball books. One day, I will figure out a new place to store my images, but for now here is a link to all 110 titles on photobucket (feel free to ask specific questions about it if you don't want to go near a link to that horrible company, which is understandable).

    http://s236.photobucket.com/user/mig...?sort=4&page=1

    I admit to not having read all of them, or even half, but I do enjoy baseball books. For an insider's view of baseball history, I recommend the commissioners' autobiographies (Ford Frick, Happy Chandler, & Bowie Kuhn - I recall Selig selling the rights to a book a few years ago but have heard nothing about that since).

    I will throw in one two of my favorite baseball reads, only recommended for baseball nuts who are interested in the minutia of the game:



    Listened to 3 Nights in August on audio. Amazing stories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Bombjack View Post
    I don't know how I missed this thread before, but I am book collector myself, with a focus on baseball.

    I currently have 110 signed baseball books. One day, I will figure out a new place to store my images, but for now here is a link to all 110 titles on photobucket (feel free to ask specific questions about it if you don't want to go near a link to that horrible company, which is understandable).

    http://s236.photobucket.com/user/mig...?sort=4&page=1

    I admit to not having read all of them, or even half, but I do enjoy baseball books. For an insider's view of baseball history, I recommend the commissioners' autobiographies (Ford Frick, Happy Chandler, & Bowie Kuhn - I recall Selig selling the rights to a book a few years ago but have heard nothing about that since).

    I will throw in one two of my favorite baseball reads, only recommended for baseball nuts who are interested in the minutia of the game:



    Wait, all those books are signed?! Like, the Ruth? Id love to see the autos in the books along with the covers


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMet View Post
    Wait, all those books are signed?! Like, the Ruth? I’d love to see the autos in the books along with the covers

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    Yes the Ruth is signed, purchased in a Heritage auction a few years back. Absolutely beautiful autograph that can be seen in the photo bucket under HOF autos. I have several books that cross over into my HOF auto collection (the Johnny Evers is another major highlight). One of the reasons I love signed books is that the autographs tend to be excellent examples, as authors tend to sign books with pride (even if, as was the case with both Ruth and Evers, the player was listed as author but used a ghost writer). Plus, the auto sits within the protection of the book itself, safe from light and scuffing.

    I have seen Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson signed books, and I may purchase one of those some day, but the white whale is a Christy Mathewson (hard-signed, not the questionable bookplate version).

    Man, I gotta get those images off of crapbucket
    HOF auto collector - I'm up to 258 different in my collection (used to have a photobucket link here, but photobucket sucks)

    GO ROCKIES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cleveland View Post
    Listened to 3 Nights in August on audio. Amazing stories!

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    The level of detail into Larussa's thinking, down to the pitch order and count for individual at-bats, was fascinating. Like I said, only for the hardcore baseball people!
    HOF auto collector - I'm up to 258 different in my collection (used to have a photobucket link here, but photobucket sucks)

    GO ROCKIES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Bombjack View Post
    Yes the Ruth is signed, purchased in a Heritage auction a few years back. Absolutely beautiful autograph that can be seen in the photo bucket under HOF autos. I have several books that cross over into my HOF auto collection (the Johnny Evers is another major highlight). One of the reasons I love signed books is that the autographs tend to be excellent examples, as authors tend to sign books with pride (even if, as was the case with both Ruth and Evers, the player was listed as author but used a ghost writer). Plus, the auto sits within the protection of the book itself, safe from light and scuffing.

    I have seen Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson signed books, and I may purchase one of those some day, but the white whale is a Christy Mathewson (hard-signed, not the questionable bookplate version).

    Man, I gotta get those images off of crapbucket
    Wow, amazing, Im a reader, and signed book collector, but that collection is amazing, mine comes nowhere close...of course my sports section is a bit more Metscentric...but still


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