The Lineup

Ten Books That Changed Baseball

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About the Book

Focusing on the ten most influential baseball books of all time, this volume explores how these landmark works changed the game itself and made waves in American society at large. Satchel Paige’s Pitchin’ Man informed the dialog surrounding integration. Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al changed the way Americans viewed their baseball heroes and influenced the work of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Bill James’s Baseball Abstract transformed the way managers—including those in fields other than baseball—analyzed numbers. Pete Rose’s My Story and My Prison Without Bars exposed and deepened a cultural divide that paved the way for Donald Trump.

About the Author(s)

Paul Aron is an editor and writer for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Paul Aron
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8830-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4692-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “No one has read the literature of baseball with as much insight as Paul Aron has. Even better, his narratives about the creation and the impact of his selected books are as engaging as many of the books themselves. I approached this book expecting cogent literary analysis; I didn’t expect to be charmed and delighted as well. This is a marvelous book.”—Daniel Okrent, author of Nine Innings and co-editor of The Ultimate Baseball Book

• “Aron’s delightful account of the most influential books on baseball is, at once, informative, insightful, entertaining, and historically penetrating. The reader is introduced not only to the great baseball narratives, but also to the historical circumstances surrounding them.”—Andrew Zimbalist, author of Baseball and Billions

• “Richly entertaining and insightful, The Lineup chronicles baseball’s long love affair with the written word, from biographies and memoirs of such immortals as Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson to Jim Bouton’s controversial Ball Four to Roger Kahn’s elegiac The Boys of Summerto Bill James’ revolutionary Baseball Abstract. Anyone who has a love of baseball and a passion for books will want to read this remarkable book.”—James Mote, author of Everything Baseball.