Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” A MOMENT IN TIME details the remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a supreme professional embarrassment --- but wasn’t.
Relying on primary sources, including more than a hundred interviews, Paul Dickson has crafted a richly detailed portrait of an American original: baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit and unflinching advocate of racial equality, Bill Veeck.
In early 1950’s, the New York Yankees were invincible: they led the New York City baseball dynasty, which for eight consecutive years held a grip on the World Series. Then the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee, becoming surprising revolutionaries and proved that they could do the impossible.
Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written "the single most influential baseball book ever."
Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, the New York Yankees have been baseball’s most successful franchise. Marty Appel, the Yankees’ PR director during the 1970s, now illuminates the team in all its century-plus of glory: clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; and, of course, 27 championships.
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Ian O'Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Derek Jeter that has spanned some 15 years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York's most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete.
Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, he electrified crowds across America --- and shocked them, too. His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation and his ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.
Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. A longtime newspaper editor and baseball fiend, Joe Konte understands what is so special about what is one of the most significant rivalries in American sports. And so --- via statistical analysis, game summaries, roster scrutiny, manager matchups, season recaps, and more --- he has put together a rivalry bible.
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.