Are you ready to learn more about baseball and the history of the sport? Read on to find the best books that will tell you everything you want to know from the early days untill recent times.

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Baseball history books: top picks

The best baseball books history

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

By Tyler Kepner, published in March 2020

In K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner tells the many fascinating stories behind the 10 most important pitches. Every chapter focuses on one pitch, while the writer’s passion for the game oozes off the pages. The New York Times baseball columnist weaves a mesmerizing history of baseball with a focus on pitching. And with over 300 interviewed baseball players in his career, he sure knows his craft.

The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs

By The Editors of Sports Illustrated, published in November 2018

The Story of Baseball tells the history of the sport through 100 stunning photograps. Starting out at the early days of professional baseball, but soon evolving into the championships we know today. There’s much attention for the many inspiring events and personalities such as Jackie Robinson as the first black player in the major leagues or Jim Abbott, the pitcher with one hand. Each photograph goes accompanied with great anecdotes, which makes it a book to keep close by and open often.

The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II

By Anne R. Keene, published in April 2020

The Cloudbuster Nine tells the story of a group of naval aviotion cadets (Ted Willims, Johnny Pesky, Johnny Sain and others) who were training at an elite Navy school in North Carolina, while also playing several games against major leagues. The book is written by the daughter of the Cloudbuster Nine’s team batboy and mascot Jim Raugh, who discovered her father’s notebook and brought this forgotten corner of history to us.

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

By Lawrence S. Ritter, published in April 2010 (originally 1966)

In The Glory of Their Times – first published in 1966 – the reader learns the history of baseball through the stories of the great players of the early 20th century. This book is considered one of the greatest baseball books ever and a must-read for every fan.

Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball

By John Helyar, published in March 1995

It’s not the most recent book available, but you really can’t miss this classic. Lords of the Realm gives you a fascinating chronicle of America’s favorite sport from the early days until the great strike of 1994. All the stories are based on hundreds of interviews and years of research.

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