Summer has arrived and so it is finally time to again indulge in some of our nation’s favorite activities: splashing around in huge chlorinated communal baths, binging on ice cream, getting covered in bug bites, dousing one’s body with itch-relief medications, enjoying conditioned air and not attending school. But while we’d all love to sit around writing and reading about these topics (I could really tell you a thing or two about “iced cream” and “air conditioning”), today I’d like to type about the greatest of summer’s games: baseball. (Honorable mentions to canoe-dance, popsicle-toss and cicada boxing.)
The basketball season has wrapped, hockey has packed it up and migrated north to Canada for the summer, footballers are fighting over money (something noble baseballers would never stoop to) and soccer exists. It’s time for baseball. Now if you’re anything like the usefulness of this post depends on you being, then nonstop exhaustive television and Internet coverage are nowhere near enough to slake your baseball thirst, and newspapers and magazines barely begin to scratch the itch. But relax: the library is here for you, my baseball-mad buddy.
- Here is just a sampling of books for those that crave a lesson in baseball’s history.
- Whether you want to learn the game or hone your skills, here’s a list you need to catch!
- Maybe you just want to read some stories that feature baseball prominently in their plots - well, batter up!
- Perhaps you are coaching your child’s team or simply wish to increase your coaching knowledge so that you may more thoroughly berate your child’s coach.
I’d make a joke about how the St. Louis Cardinals are the proper team to follow and how other fanhoods range from misguided to comical, but a Phillies fan would probably hit me in the head with a sack full of batteries. So instead I present without preamble this list of books about the Cardinals.
If you don’t see what you want on these lists please call or come down to the library and we’ll be happy to help you (almost entirely without the aid of steroids) select a home run of a book. Strike three! I’m outta here!