Best Baseball Biographies Books
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1. CenterStage: My Most Fascinating Interviews―from A-Rod to Jay-Z
Author: by Michael Kay
Scribner (June 15, 2021)
From the longtime host of the New York Yankees’ television broadcasts, ESPN Radio’s The Michael Kay Show, and YES Network’s Emmy Awardwinning CenterStage comes a selection of his most memorable interviews with the most intriguing personalities in sports and entertainmentranging from Jay-Z to Mike Tyson to Serena Williams to Adam Sandler to Bon Jovi to Larry David.
Emmy Awardwinning television announcer and interviewer Michael Kay’s eighteen years as host of CenterStage have given him access to many remarkable figures in sports and entertainment. Now, this absorbing selection of the best, most revealingand often surprisinginterviews are available in one amazing collection, including some of the behind-the-scenes stories that didn’t appear on camera.
From Kay’s very first CenterStage interview in 2001 with quarterback Steve Young, the show’s creators knew they had something special. Kay’s ability to get celebrities and otherwise private personalities to open up and share candid insights has become his trademark. Among the interviews featured in the book are those with Red Auerbach, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson, Bobby Orr, Sly Stallone, Jay-Z, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, John McEnroe, Rob Reiner, Seth Meyers, Serena Williams, Alan Alda, David Halberstam, Larry David, Bob Costas, Billy Crystal, Lindsey Vonn, Chris Evert, and Quentin Tarantino.
2. Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches
Author: by Ray Didinger
Temple University Press
Ray Didinger opens his lively memoir Finished Business with the Philadelphia Eagles’ upset win in Super Bowl LII. When the Eagles finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy, Didinger does his best to straddle the emotions of a working reporter and a long-suffering Philly fan.
His ability to do that is why he has built up such a loyal following. Didinger began following the Eagles as a kid, hanging out in his grandfather’s bar in Southwest Philadelphia. He spent his summers at the team’s training camp in Hershey.
It was there he met his idol, flanker Tommy McDonald. He would later write a play, Tommy and Me, about their friendship and his efforts to see McDonald enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Didinger has been covering the Eagles as a newspaper columnist or TV analyst since 1970.
Over the years, he wrote sports for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News. He later produced Emmy Awardwinning documentaries for NFL Films before transitioning to sports talk radio and TV analysis. In five decades, across multiple media platforms, he has interviewed everyone from Hank Aaron, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Julius Erving, Jack Nicklaus, to Mike Schmidt, as well as writing film scripts for Hollywood stars such as Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin.
3. Ball Four: The Final Pitch
Author: by Jim Bouton
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONNew York Public Library Book of the Century SelectionTime Magazine 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books SelectionNew Foreword from Jim Bouton’s Wife, Paula Bouton When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a lightning bolt. Commissioners, executives, and players were shocked.
Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and “social leper.” Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Following his death, Bouton’s landmark book has remained popular, and his legacy lives on through its many readers, including those who don’t ordinarily follow baseball.
The 50th Anniversary of his historic book includes a touching and personal new forward by his wife, Paula Bouton.
4. The Ultimate New York Yankees Trivia Book: A Collection of Amazing Trivia Quizzes and Fun Facts for Die-Hard Yankees Fans!
Author: by Ray Walker
Calling all New York Yankees fans! The Ultimate New York Yankees Trivia Book is a staple for anyone who loves baseball, sports trivia, and the Bronx Bombers. You will be tested on your knowledge of mind-blowing facts from the early days when Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig owned New York, as well as the current era of Bronx baseball led by the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Within these pages, you will find answers to over 350 trivia questions as well as hundreds of interesting facts, including:How many times was Billy Martin hired and fired as Yankees manager? (More times than you’d think. In Derek Jeter’s junior high yearbook, students were asked to write what they planned to be doing in 10 years.
Jeter answered, Playing shortstop for the New York Yankees. In a high school football game, former Yankee Johnny Damon suffered his first sports concussion at the hands of which NFL star? Back in 1998, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez was asked by a reporter who his dream date would be with.His answer?Jennifer Lopez.
5. About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations and Revelations from a Desperate Mother to Her Dirty Son
Author: by Peggy Rowe
Peggy Rowe is at it againthis time giving a hilarious inside look at growing up Rowe, both before and after Mike’s rise to fame. Since the day they said, I do, Peggy’s previous doting lifestyle met with her husband John’s minimalist ways and became the backdrop for years of adventure and a quirky sense of humor because of their differences.
From thoughts of wearing headlamps in the house to save energy, to squeezing out the last drop of toothpaste with a workbench vise, Peggy learned to pick her battles and celebrate the hilarity in each situation. Once their boys were born, woodstove mishaps and garbage dumping tales were the seed for Mike’s obsession with doing dirty jobs and the comical presence he is known for today.
As Mike rose to fame, Peggy was his biggest fanwho gave motherly advice and constructive criticism, of course. She baked cookies for Mike to take to Joan Rivers for a Christmas party hostess gift, and even wrote fan letters under faux names and mailed them from different cities to Mike’s producer.
6. KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between
Author: by Kevin Garnett
Simon & Schuster
NATIONAL BESTSELLER A unique, unfiltered memoir from the NBA champion and fifteen-time all-star ahead of his induction into the Hall of Fame. Kevin Garnett was one of the most dominant players the game of basketball has ever seen. He was also one of its most outspoken.
Over the course of his illustrious twenty-one-year NBA career, he elevated trash talk to an art form and never shied away from sharing his thoughts on controversial subjects. In KG A to Z, published ahead of Garnett’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, he looks back on his life and career with the same raw candor.
Garnett describes the adversity he faced growing up in South Carolina before ultimately relocating to Chicago, where he became one of the top prospects in the nation. He details his headline-making decision to skip college and become the first player in two decades to enter the draft directly from high school, starting a trend that would be followed by future superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
7. The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
Author: by Howard Bryant
This definitive biography of Henry (Hank) Aaronone of baseball’s immortal figuresis a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. Beautifully written and culturally important. The Washington Post The epic baseball tale of the second half of the 20th century.
Atlanta Journal Constitution After his retirement in 1976, Aaron’s reputation only grew in magnitude. But his influence extended beyond statistics. Based on meticulous research and extensive interviews The Last Hero reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his timefighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial progressand how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson’s mission to obtain full equality for African Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public eye.
8. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Author: by Jon Krakauer
A stunning account of a remarkable young man’s heroic life and death, from the bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven. Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism.
When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew… This edition has been updated to reflect new developments and includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
9. Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life
Author: by Bill Madden
An authoritative, must-read (Keith Hernandez) biography of Hall of Fame pitching legend Tom Seaver, still the greatest player ever to wear a Mets jersey, by a journalist who knew him well. He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver is among the greatest pitchers of all time (Bob Costas).
He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young award winner, twelve-time All Star, and was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever at the time.
Popular among players and fans, Seaver was fiercely competitive but always put team success ahead of personal glory. Born in Fresno, California, Seaver signed with the New York Mets in 1967, leading them to their stunning 1969 World Series victory. After a legendarily lopsided trade, he joined the Cincinnati Reds, then later played for the White Sox and the Red Sox before ending his career following the 1986 season.
After his playing days, Seaver retired back to California to establish a successful vineyard. The in 2013, a recurrence of Lyme disease severely affected his memory, which Madden was the first to report. In 2019, Seaver’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia and was withdrawing from public life.
10. The Ultimate Chicago Cubs Trivia Book: A Collection of Amazing Trivia Quizzes and Fun Facts for Die-Hard Cubs Fans!
Author: by Ray Walker
Calling all Chicago Cubs fans! The Ultimate Chicago Cubs Trivia Book is a staple for anyone who loves baseball, sports trivia, and the Cubbies. You will be tested on your knowledge of mind-blowing facts from the early days of the franchise all the way to the Cubs’ first World Series win in over a century.
Within these pages, you will find answers to over 350 trivia questions as well as hundreds of interesting facts, including:David Ross was the first MLB contestant on which reality competition show? On December 13, 2010, the Canada Post announced that Fergie Jenkins would be honored with his own postage stamp to celebrate Black History Month.
The stamp was issued in February 2011. Former Cub Andre Dawson now owns and operates a _ in Miami, Florida. (Spoiler alert: It’s not somewhere you want to visit. Which country’s team did Anthony Rizzo play for in the 2013 World Baseball Classic?
Which Cubs player was named World Series MVP in 2016? Whether you’re a lifelong Cubs fan or are simply looking to hit one out of the park on MLB Trivia Night at your local bar, The Ultimate Chicago Cubs Trivia Book is a grand slam.
11. The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Author: by Lawrence S Ritter
From Lawrence Ritter (The Image of Their Greatness, The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time), comes one of the bestselling, most acclaimed sports books of all time, The Glory of Their Timesnow a Harper Perennial Modern Classic. Baseball was different in earlier daystougher, more raw, more intimatewhen giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases.
In the monumental classic The Glory of Their Times, the golden era of our national pastime comes alive through the vibrant words of those who played and lived the game. Originally published in 1966, The Glory of Their Times tells the stories of early 20th century baseball and is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest books written about the sport.
The Glory of Their Times is the book every baseball fan should read.
12. Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir
Author: by Doris Kearns Goodwin
By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.
We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin’s early life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books but whose debilitating illness left her housebound: and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges.
Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.
13. About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother: A Memoir
Author: by Peggy Rowe
A Message from Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Guy: Just to be clear, About My Mother is a book about my grandmother, written by my mother. That’s not to say it’s not about my motherit is. In fact, About My Mother is as much about my mother as it is about my grandmother.
In that sense, it’s really a book about mothers. It is not, however, a book written by me. True, I did write the foreword. But it doesn’t mean I’ve written a book about my mother.I haven’t. Nor does it mean my mother’s book is about her son.It isn’t.
It’s about my grandmother.And my mother.Just to be clear. Mike A love letter to mothers everywhere, About My Mother will make you laugh and cryand see yourself in its reflection. Peggy Rowe’s story of growing up as the daughter of Thelma Knobel is filled with warmth and humor.
But Thelma could be your motherthere’s a Thelma in everyone’s life. She’s the person taking chargethe one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today, Thelma would be described as an alpha personality, but while growing up, her daughter Peggy saw her as a dictatoralbeit a benevolent, loving one.
14. 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid
Author: by Willie Mays
St. Martin's Press
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLERThe legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir.”Even if, like me, you thought you had pretty much read and heard all there was to read and hear about Willie Mays, this warmhearted book will inform and reward you.
And besides, what true baseball fan can ever get enough of Willie Mays?Say Hey! Read on and enjoy.” From the Foreword by Bob Costas It’s because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for President.
President Barack ObamaWidely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense and baserunning, the beloved Willie Mays offers people of all ages his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid.
Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie’s memoir provides more than the story of his role in America’s pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work and the fulfillment of dreams.