Best Teen & Young Adult Baseball & Softball Books
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1. Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II
Author: by Anne R. Keene
In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year’s World Series, one of the nation’s strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In this spirited Field of Dreams-like father-daughter account, author Anne R. Keene opens with a story about her father, Jim Raugh, who suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition against Babe Ruth’s team at Yankee Stadium.
Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American, but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America’s greatest heroes including George H.W.
2. Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself
Author: by Jennie Finch
The evidence is overwhelming: sports help girls grow into strong women. Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence confirm that athletic girls not only grow up to be healthier; they learn teamwork, gain inner confidence, and grow into society’s leaders. Sports help preteen and teenage girls make the right choices in a society that is sending them incredibly mixed messages about who they are supposed to be.
Yet no one is speaking directly to these girls. Jennie fills the role of girlfriend, big sister, team captain, and mentor. A smart, credible, and accomplished voice from an athlete who is strong and feminine, fiercely competitive, and fashionably cool, Jennie is someone young women will listen to and take to heart.
Jennie’s message: Believe in yourself.Go for it, girls.
3. Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top (Motivational Book for Teens, Gift for Teen Boys, Teen and Young Adult Football, Fitness and Exercise)
Author: by Jeremy Bhandari
Mango (April 14, 2020)
A Champion State of Grind”To all the young athletes out there looking for motivation check out Trust The Grind.” Jason Kidd, Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult Fitness & ExerciseExclusive interviews with top athletes in sports today.
Trust the Grind reveals how these men and women reached the height of their profession. Sixteen athletes from eleven sports. Each chapter tells a different story, as each superstar shares the habit that helped them accomplish their goals and reach the pinnacle of their profession.
Sports fanatic or not. Guaranteed to tap into your athletic edge, Trust the Grind, is made for sports fans and nonfans alike. Fans of professional athletes get an in-depth look at their heroes’ climb to the top; those less passionate about sports have the chance to read the secrets of success from some of the most talented people in the world.
Both learn pivotal life lessons, and can immediately instill these traits and habits into their lifestyle. A success habit’ point of view. Learn the secrets behind success, and what it takes to remain on top. With Trust The Grind, you will learn about the value that comes with becoming disciplined, staying driven, setting goals, identifying your why, staying active and eating right, making sacrifices, obsessing over your passion, and more.
4. Amazing Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Red Sox Stories Ever Told
Author: by Jim Prime
Relive all the thrills of Red Sox baseball and Fenway ParkBabe Ruth and Ted Williams to Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice to Jason Varitek and Big Papi! Calling all BoSox fans! In this one-of-a-kind compendium of anecdotes from players, managers, and beat writers, Jim Prime and Bill Nowlin capture all the magic and passion of Boston Red Sox baseball.
Amazing Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout is a colorful journey through the history of the franchise. Included are the best memories and stories in the players’ and managers’ own words, as found in Prime and Nowlin’s Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout and More Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout.
Within these pages, fans will chafe at the rivalries, cheer the wins, and challenge the losses both on the road and at home. From the earliest days of a promising young pitcher named Babe Ruth, through the glory years of Foxx, Williams, and Yastrzemiski, to the championship era of superstars such as Martinez and Ortiz, the Red Sox epitomize all that is grand about the grand old game.
5. The Baseball Maniac's Almanac: The Absolutely, Positively, and Without Question Greatest Book of Facts, Figures, and Astonishing Lists Ever Compiled
Author: by Ken Samelson
Part reference, part trivia, part brain teaser, and absolutely the most unusual and thorough compendium of baseball stats and facts ever assembledall verified for accuracy by the Baseball Hall of Fame. First created by legendary sportswriter Bert Randolph Sugar, and now updated, here are thousands of fascinating lists, tables, data, and stimulating facts.
Inside, you’ll find all of the big name baseball heroes like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Pete Rose, Denny McLain, Ty Cobb, and a lot of information that will be new to even the most devoted fans:Highest batting averages not to win batting titlesHome-run leaders by state of birthPlayers on last-place teams leading the league in RBIs, by seasonMost triples by position, seasonWinners of two legs of triple crown since last winnerOldest pitchers with losing record, leading league in ERACareer pitching leaders under six feet tallManagers replaced wile team was in first placeHall of Famers whose sons played in the majorsPlayers with palindromic surnamesAnd so much more!
6. Incredible Baseball Trivia: More Than 200 Hardball Questions for the Thinking Fan
Author: by David Nemec
Yankee fan?Red Sox fan?Dodger fan? Do you think you know everything about baseball from the Black Sox to the White Sox? Then test yourself . Every era of is represented from Cap Anson to Mike Trout, Cy Young to Clayton Kershaw, Ty Cobb to Jose Altuve, Babe Ruth to Giancarlo Stanton.
Match wits with the father of baseball trivia, David Nemec, a ten-time national champion as he presents more than 200 baseball stumpers that are artfully designed to test the depth of the reader’s knowledge about the game since 1871, including. Who is the most recent major leaguer to compile 100 or more hits, 20 or more complete games, and 20 or more decisions in the same season?
No, the answer is not who you think! Who is the only pitcher to hurl a minimum of 5,000 career innings and surrender fewer hits per 9 innings than Walter Johnson? What team had a record of 5262 when the strike shut down the 1994 season but was on track to qualify for postseason play with the lowest winning percentage ever by a division or league first-place finisher?
Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Dodgers Stories Ever Told (Tales from the Team)
Author: by Carl Erskine
To baseball fans of today, the name Dodgers is synonymous with Hollywood, the warm California sun, and names like Tommy Lasorda, Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, and Orel Hershiser. The Dodgers mean much more than that to fans of baseball history, however.
Namely, these fans remember the famed Boys of Summer, otherwise known as the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team that included some of the most storied players in baseball history, such as Hall of Famers Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, and Jackie Robinson.
Although they eventually moved out west, the Brooklyn Dodgers provided some of the greatest moments the game has ever seen and some of the greatest personalities to ever take the field. Carl Erskine, another member of that legendary team, relates memories about his days with the Dodgers in a book full of true stories and revealing anecdotes.
The result is Tales from the Dodgers Dugout, first published in 2004 and newly updated to provide a delightfully interesting trip through the world of baseball in the 1950s. Among Erskine’s many tales are his dealings with immortal team official Branch Rickey, his view from the Dodgers bench during Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, and his firsthand experiences when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first black player in Major League Baseball history.
8. The Ultimate Baseball Crossword Collection: The Complete Baseball Themed Crossword Puzzle Book for Adults and Clever Teens
Author: by Brad Washington
Celebrating all that is great about Baseball! This book contains 35 crosswords and over 850 clues which means every puzzle will provide a great test for any true baseball fan. Do you have a good knowledge of the Hall of Fame members, team mascots, players nicknames, former baseball stadiums or the Rookie of the Year award winners?
Complete the puzzles using your skill, judgement and knowledge of baseball. This book makes an ideal gift for:Any baseball super fan, Dad, Mom, Grandpa, Cousins, Brother, Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Niece and Nephew Thank you giftChristmas stocking fillerTravel book to occupy some time for long tripsTeacher gifts Cover: Softcover GlossyLayout: 105 White Pages including 35 puzzles and solutions Size: 6 X 9 inches
9. Amazing Tales from the Chicago Cubs Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Cubs Stories Ever Told (Tales from the Team)
Author: by Bob Logan
Amazing Stories From the Cubs Dugout is crammed with stories, quotes, and anecdotes about the greatest Cubs players of past and present. The story of the Cubs is part legend, part pathos; heroic and, on occasion, hilarious. Enjoy the heartbreak and joy of unforgettable afternoons at Wrigley Field.
Without a doubt Amazing Stories From the Cubs Dugout is a must for any Chicago Cubs fan.
10. Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History
Author: by Kevin Reavy
With forewords by Wade Boggs and Lance McCullers, Jr, here is a modern stat book for modern fans. Whether you follow the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, or another Major League team, you fill find something new and fascinating! As America’s pastime since the mid-1800s, baseball offers the sights, sounds, and even smells that are deeply entrenched in our culture.
But for some, the experience can be less sensory. Some, such as Ryan Spaeder and Kevin Reavy, live for baseball statistics. Stats give the game historical context and measurables for past, present, and predictive analysis. Incredible Baseball Stats, newly updated, helps tell unique baseball stories, showcasing extraordinary stats and facts in baseball history, through the 2018 season.
For example, in 2015, the Nationals’ Bryce Harper broke out in a major way.He batted .330/.460/. 649 with 42 home runs en route to his first MVP Award. It was his fourth MLB season, but he was still younger than NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant.
11. Wrigley Field Year by Year: A Century at the Friendly Confines
Author: by Sam Pathy
Every Chicago Cubs fan adores Wrigley Field. So, every Cubbies fan should own this full-color celebration of The most wonderful place on earth. (Joe Mock’s Ballpark Guide)More than just a lavishly illustrated and highly readable book, Wrigley Field Year by Year, originally published in 2014 and now in its third edition, updated through the 2018 season, is the result of a quarter century of meticulous research.
Written by a baseball historian and recognized authority on the Friendly Confines, this is the first book to detail each year of the storied park’s existence. The book covers not only the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Federal League baseball teams in detail, it touches on the Chicago Bears football team, basketball, hockey, high school sports, track and field, and political rallies.
It references activities and changes throughout the park and in its neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. In addition to pertinent Cubs statistics, the author’s year-by-year coverage includes:A game of the yearA description of unusual and interesting happenings in the ballparkA quote from the year that best captures its essenceSupplementing the year-by-year approach are nine chapters that divide Wrigley Field’s rich history into nine innings along with informative appendixes that will delight every Cubs fan, from the casual to the obsessed.
12. The Dodgers: 60 Years in Los Angeles
Author: by Michael Schiavone
The Dodgers: 60 Years in Los Angeles chronicles the team’s thrilling, roller coaster history since arriving in the West Coast from Brooklyn. Featuring the stellar talents and memorable personalities of Dodgers greats such as Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Tommy Lasorda, Fernando Valenzuela, and Kirk Gibson, as well as the stars of today, like Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager, author Michael Schiavone offers an in-depth history of the team since their arrival in 1958.
In 1957, the Dodgers left their home of Brooklyn, New York, where they had been since their inception in 1884, for the sun of California. Since arriving in LA, the team has won five World Series Championships and ten National League Pennants, and become one of the most popular organizations in Major League Baseball.
With highlights of each season, the moments fans love to remember (Kirk Gibson’s memorable home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series) or wish to forget (the entire 1992 season), as well as those who have graced the field of Chavez Ravine, The Dodgers: 60 Years in Los Angeles shares the wonderful history of the boys in blue in the most comprehensive book available.
13. Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Twins Stories Ever Told (Tales from the Team)
Author: by Kent Hrbek
In this newly revised edition, Twins superstar Kent Krbek relives his journey from homegrown dreamer to major league superstar. He recounts all the unforgettable moments from on the field and in the locker room, including stories of Kirby Puckett, Tom Brunansky, Tom Kelly, Harmon Killibrew, and more.
Imagine a story in which a young man grows up so close to a major-league ballpark that he can see the stadium lights from his front yard. He pretends to be the team’s star during neighborhood ball games and fantasizes about one day playing for his hometown team.Stop imagining.
Kent Hrbek made those childhood dreams come true. Hrbek played fourteen seasons for the franchise, helping the club win two World Series titles. His jersey has been retired by the Twins, hanging alongside the likes of Tony Oliva, the hitter he emulated as a child.
It is a fairytale story. But it’s only one part of this newly revised edition of Tales From the Minnesota Twins Dugout. Within these pages, readers will find the story of players’ hopes, realities, and unforgettable moments. Enjoy the humorous tales of pranks pulled by Hrbek and his zany teammates, taste the victory as the Twins take home two World Series titles.
14. Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke
Author: by Andrew Maraniss
“[An] excellent exercise in narrative nonfiction.” -Booklist (starred review)From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss comes the remarkable true story of Glenn Burke, a “hidden figure” in the history of sports: the inventor of the high five and the first openly gay MLB player.
Perfect for fans of Steve Sheinkin and Daniel James Brown. On October 2nd, 1977, Glenn Burke, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, made history without even swinging a bat. When his teammate Dusty Baker hit a historic home run, Glenn enthusiastically congratulated him with the first ever high five.
But Glenn also made history in another way-he was the first openly gay MLB player. While he did not come out publicly until after his playing days were over, Glenn’s sexuality was known to his teammates, family, and friends. His MLB career would be cut short after only three years, but his legacy and impact on the athletic and LGBTQIA+ community would resonate for years to come.
New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss tells the story of Glenn Burke: from his childhood growing up in Oakland, his journey to the MLB and the World Series, the joy in discovering who he really was, to more difficult times: facing injury, addiction, and the AIDS epidemic.
15. Tales from the Atlanta Braves Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Braves Stories Ever Told (Tales from the Team)
Author: by Cory McCartney
Relive the excitement of Braves baseball-newly updated! This edition of Tales from the Atlanta Braves Dugout, now updated through the 2019 season, includes stories on the greatest players and coaches to don the Braves uniform. Author Cory McCartney includes stories about Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Bobby Cox, and so many others.
Recall the harrowing experience of AtlantaFulton County Stadium catching fire on July 21, 1993, overshadowing the debut of Fred McGriff, and read all about Sid Bream’s slide and the worst-to-first season of 1991. From the run of 14 consecutive division titles and the 1995 World Series title, to Kent Mercker’s 1994 no-hitter; from the arrival of the Baby Braves in Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and others, to the 2014 Hall of Fame induction of Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Bobby Cox, the on and off the field stories are all here.
This is the perfect addition to a Braves fan’s shelf!
16. Baseball: Teach Your Kid to Hit…So They Don't Quit!: Parents-YOU Can Teach Them. Promise!
Author: by Kevin Gallagher
This book provides a simple 8 Step Process to parents and coaches on how to teach children to hit a baseball or a softball. It is a process that will dramatically increase the chances of any child to make contact with the ball.
Hitting a baseball is hard and very few people know how to teach children or young adults how to hit. This book is designed to convince the vast audience of parents that they, regardless of their background, can teach their child to make contact with a baseball/softball, by providing a simple process that will make sense to them and their child.
If we don’t teach our kids to hit, they will get frustrated and quit. BONUS MATERIAL: To make the process even clearer, the author has included links to a step-by-step instructional video to visualize what is being taught.