501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die

Author: Ron Kaplan
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496209887
Release Date: 2018-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Propounding his "small ball theory" of sports literature, George Plimpton proposed that "the smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature." Of course he had the relatively small baseball in mind, because its literature is formidable--vast and varied, instructive, often wildly entertaining, and occasionally brilliant. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has chosen 501 of the best, making it easier for fans to find just the books to suit them (or to know what they're missing). From biography, history, fiction, and instruction to books about ballparks, business, and rules, anyone who loves to read about baseball will find in this book a companionable guide, far more fun than a reference work has any right to be.


Author: Christopher Reich
ISBN: 3404164318
Release Date: 2010

Eine Lawine in den Schweizer Alpen reisst Jonathan Ransom und seine Frau Emma in die Tiefe. Jonathan überlebt, Emma verschwindet spurlos. Sie wird für tot erklärt. In einem Schliessfach entdeckt Jonathan Beweise dafür, dass seine Frau seit Jahren ein Doppelleben führt. Je mehr er über ihre geheime Identität erfährt, desto weniger glaubt er, dass sie wirklich tot ist.

Hank Greenberg in 1938

Author: Ron Kaplan
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781613219928
Release Date: 2017-04-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation

“Hammerin’” Hank Greenberg was coming off a stellar season where he’d hit 40 home runs and 184 RBIs, becoming only the thirteenth player to ever hit 40 or more homers (and one of only four players to have 40 or more home runs and 175 or more RBIs in a season). Even with his success at the plate, neither Greenberg nor the rest of the world could have expected what was about to happen in 1938. From his first day in the big leagues, the New York-born Greenberg had dealt with persecution for being Jewish. From teammate Jo-Jo White asking where his horns were to the verbal abuse from bigoted fans and the media, the 6-foot-3 slugger always did his best to shut the noise out and concentrate on baseball. But in 1938, that would be more difficult then he could have ever imagined. While Greenberg was battling at the plate, his people overseas were dealing with a completely different battle. Adolf Hitler, who had been chancellor of Germany since 1933, had taken direct control of the country’s military in February of ’38. He then began his methodic takeover of all neighboring countries, spreading Nazism and the early stages of World War II and the Holocaust. Hank Greenberg in 1938 chronicles the events of 1938, both on the baseball diamond and the streets of Europe. As Greenberg’s bat had him on course for Babe Ruth’s home run record, Hitler’s “Final Solution” was beginning to take shape. Jews across the US, worried about the issues overseas, looked to Greenberg as a symbol of hope. Though normally hesitant to speak about the anti-Semitism he dealt with, the slugger still knew the role he was playing for so many of his people, saying “I came to feel that if I, as a Jew, hit a home run, I was hitting one against Hitler.”

The Jewish Olympics

Author: Ron Kaplan
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781632208552
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Having grown from 390 athletes from fourteen countries to nine thousand athletes from seventy-eight countries, the Maccabiah Games (or the “Jewish Olympics,” as it has come to be known) continue to gain popularity. The Maccabiah Games, which take place in Israel, first began in 1932, and the latest games took place in July of 2013, with the debut of participants from Cuba, Albania, and Nicaragua. Sports range from table tennis to ice hockey, basketball, chess, and much more. Past participants have included former NBA coach Larry Brown, Olympic swimmers Mark Spitz and Jason Lezak, and Olympic gymnast Mitch Gaylord, among others. The Jewish Olympics details the history of the Maccabiah Games, including how they began, how they have grown in popularity, how they have impacted the Jewish community worldwide, and much more. In addition, it highlights the countless special achievements of the athletes over the course of the nineteen games. The Jewish Olympics is a detailed and fascinating history that will interest any sports fan, as well as individuals interested in cultural events. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Die Kunst des Feldspiels

Author: Chad Harbach
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 9783832186456
Release Date: 2012-08-17
Genre: Fiction

Chad Harbach hat den Traum von der »Great American Novel« wahr gemacht: ›Die Kunst des Feldspiels‹ ist ein literarisches Wunder, ein magisches Debüt, ein so kluger wie zu Herzen gehender Roman über den Abschied von der Jugend, über Leidenschaft und Liebe, Freundschaft und Familie. Der Gott des Spiels hat Henry Skrimshander ein Geschenk in die Wiege gelegt: Der schmächtige, unscheinbare Junge aus der Provinz ist das größte Baseball-Talent seit Jahrzehnten. Als er in die Mannschaft des Westish College aufgenommen wird, scheint sein Aufstieg in den Olymp vorprogrammiert. Monatelang macht er nicht einen Fehler. Doch dann geht ein Routinewurf auf fatale Weise daneben ... und die Schicksale von fünf Menschen werden untrennbar miteinander verknüpft. Henry hat einen neuen Gegner: den Selbstzweifel. Sein Mentor Mike Schwartz macht die bittere Erfahrung, dass er Henry zuliebe sich selbst vergessen hat. Henrys schwuler Mitbewohner Owen muss sich von einem herben Schlag erholen. Rektor Affenlight lernt spät im Leben die wahre Liebe kennen und schlittert in eine gefährliche Affäre. Und seine Tochter Pella flieht vor ihrem Mann nach Westish – um auf dem Campus mehr als nur Sex zu finden. Während das dramatische Endspiel unerbittlich näher rückt, sind sie alle gezwungen, sich mit ihren tiefsten Wünschen und Abgründen auseinanderzusetzen. Am Ende wird einer von ihnen gleich zweimal bestattet, und die Leben der anderen werden nie mehr dieselben sein. ›Die Kunst des Feldspiels‹ erzählt von den Dingen, die uns ausmachen – den Fehlern wie den Obsessionen. Wer wissen will, was es bedeutet, hier und heute ein Mensch zu sein, der muss dieses Buch lesen. »Debütromane von solcher Vollkommenheit und Sogkraft sind sehr, sehr selten.« Jonathan Franzen »Wunderbar zu lesen, das reinste Vergnügen.« John Irving

Research Notes for Women at Play

Author: Barbara Gregorich
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1517697158
Release Date: 2015-10-11

Research Notes for Women at Play, Volume 3 is the final volume in Barbara Gregorich's Research Notes series - a collection of newspaper articles, interviews, and public records that served as the raw materials from which she wrote her award-winning book, Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball (Harcourt 1993). Volume 3 covers the 1920s and 1930s, concluding the story of Maud Nelson, the most important figure in the early history of women in baseball. It also contains the story of the Philadelphia Bobbies, Eddie Ainsmith, and Leona Kearns - and their disastrous trip to Japan to play against men's teams in 1925. This resulted in the abandonment of three players and the death at sea of one of them.Contrasted to the tragedy of that story, Volume 3 also contains the exciting story of Margaret Gisolo, who helped lead her 1928 American Legion Junior Baseball team to the state championship. Margaret later played for Maud Nelson's All-Star Ranger Girls. Margaret's diaries of 1933 and 1934 are included. The book concludes with Nellie Kearns, Leona's younger sister who, along with Margaret, played for the All-Star Ranger Girls.A reader going through this volume from beginning to end may feel she/he is reading a novel. Or deciding a court case. Or perhaps reconstruction a "what really happened" crime scene. Volume 3 is a climactic conclusion to the Research Notes for Women at Play series.

Deadly Fantasy

Author: Andrew Wolfenson
ISBN: 0615971636
Release Date: 2014-03-01

Over 33 million people in the United States participate in fantasy baseball and/or football leagues; these leagues are a two billion dollar per year industry. Some take their participation in such fantasy leagues more seriously than others, suspending reality as they try to fulfill their dreams of serving as a major league owner or General Manager. For Jeff Goldstein, however, this is not just a game; participation in the league takes over his life. His obsession with winning his fantasy league, and its $150,000 prize, consumes his every thought and threatens his relationship with his girlfriend, his friends, and his job. How far will Jeff go in his desire to win the league? What actions will he take, or ask others to take, as he struggles to separate fantasy from reality? Deadly Fantasy: A Baseball Story is both an examination of one man's obsession with winning his fantasy baseball league, as well as a critical comparison of the current statistic-based views of rating baseball players as opposed to the more traditional, "human" views of player selection. Here's what others are saying about "Deadly Fantasy: A Baseball Story" - "As a sports attorney I work regularly with athletes who are passionate about their sport. Jeff Goldstein takes this passion to a whole new and disturbing level. If there really were a fantasy league player like Jeff, then I would fear for the safety of my clients." - Jordan S. Solomon, Esq. "Who would ever think a game amongst friends would turn to deception and murder? ... Andrew Wolfenson takes loyalty and the American Pastime where they've never been before by playing Fantasy League Baseball with a life and death scoreboard, unquestionably making this book a home run." - Jon D'Amore, Author, "The Boss Always Sits In the Back" "Andrew Wolfenson's Deadly Fantasy combines the fixations of Coover's Universal Baseball Association with the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock in a taut tale of obsession and insanity." - Ron Kaplan, Author, "501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die"


Author: Michael Chabon
ISBN: 3833300264
Release Date: 2005

Charlie Chan s Poppa

Author: Barbara Gregorich
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1983943452
Release Date: 2018-02-02
Genre: Chan, Charlie (Fictitious character)

When she was sixteen years old Barbara Gregorich discovered the Charlie Chan novels of Earl Derr Biggers on the "local authors" shelf of the Warren Public Library. She fell in love with the wisdom, humor, and perceptiveness of the amiable Chinese-Hawaiian police detective, and she admired the author who created him. Although seldom given credit for it, Biggers was one of the first writers to help create mystery's Golden Age on the American side of the Atlantic. His six Chan novels were serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, published by Bobbs-Merrill, and sought by Hollywood, and he received fan mail from thousands. Wanting to know more about Earl Derr Biggers and how he came to write his mysteries, Gregorich researched the Bobbs-Merrill Archives at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. There she read all the correspondence between Biggers and his editor - correspondence which brings to life the author's struggles to satisfy the Chan-hungry public.

Klar ist es Liebe

Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783733601454
Release Date: 2015-08-20
Genre: Fiction

Zwei Verliebte, 14 Erzähler – eine außergewöhnliche romantische Komödie zum Mitverlieben und Mitleiden Lea und Gabe wären das perfekte Paar. Das erkennen alle um sie herum: der beste Freund, die Mitbewohnerin, ja sogar der Busfahrer und die Starbucks-Bedienung. Sie haben denselben College-Kurs belegt, sie bestellen das gleiche Essen, die mögen dieselben Filme. Aber obwohl die Luft zwischen ihnen knistert und alle Vorzeichen stimmen, scheinen sie den richtigen Augenblick immer zu verpassen. Werden Lea und Gabe es schaffen, trotzdem zueinanderzufinden?

DORK Diaries Band 12

Author: Rachel Renée Russell
Publisher: Egmont
ISBN: 9783505140112
Release Date: 2018-05-03
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Es gibt einen Neuen an Nikkis Schule – gutaussehend, witzig und offenbar entschlossen, Nikki zu einem Date zu überreden! Unser Super-Dork registriert das unerwartete Interesse an ihr nicht ohne Herzklopfen – dabei ist doch Brandon ihr großer Schwarm! Aber empfindet Brandon auch etwas für sie? Und mitten in all dem Gefühlschaos lassen Nikkis Eltern auch noch eine riesige Sommerferien-Bombe platzen ... Der neue Band der Dein-Spiegel-Bestsellerreihe!


Author: Tom Clancy
ISBN: 3442454247
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Clark, John (Fictitious character)

John Kelly trifft im Konflikt zwischen seinem privaten Rachefeldzug gegen die Mörder seiner Freundin und seiner militärischen Mission als Unterwasserexperte während des Vietnamkrieges auf übermächtige Gegner.

Tough Sh t

Author: Kevin Smith
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641098445
Release Date: 2013-01-21
Genre: Performing Arts

DER Kevin Smith? Der Typ, der vor Jahrtausenden diesen Film »Clerks« gedreht hat? Ist der nicht mal mit seinem fetten Arsch aus einem Flugzeug geworfen worden? Was sollte man von dem schon lernen? Wie wär’s damit: Er veränderte die Art, Filme zu machen, im Alter von 23. Seitdem macht er, was er will – und wird dafür bezahlt. Er dreht Filme, schreibt Comics, besitzt einen Laden und hat sich ein einzigartiges Podcast-Imperium aufgebaut. Fakt ist: Kevin Smith hat den Erfolgscode geknackt. Aber wie hat der Fettsack das bloß geschafft?

Der Himmel ber Appleton House

Author: S. E. Durrant
Publisher: Königskinder
ISBN: 9783646929638
Release Date: 2017-03-24
Genre: Fiction

Ira und Zac müssen schon wieder umziehen – diesmal von einer Pflegefamilie ins Kinderheim. Es wird der erste Ort, an dem sie glücklich sind. Trotzdem: Ira sehnt sich nach dem Unmöglichen, nach einer richtigen Familie. Mit Mutter und Vater und einer eigenen Haustür. Aber die Geschwister sind nicht mehr klein und sie wollen zusammenbleiben. Keine guten Voraussetzungen. Am Ende finden sie dennoch ein Zuhause: in Martha, in Appleton House und in ihrem Garten. Und wenn der Abschied vom Kinderheim, von den Menschen dort, auch schwerfällt: Sie haben endlich ihr kleines Stück von Himmel gefunden. Für immer.

Sharpes Aufstieg

Author: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 9783838702438
Release Date: 2011-02-18
Genre: Fiction

1809. Bitterer Winter beherrscht den Norden Spaniens. Die britischen Truppen ziehen sich nach La Coruña zurück. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe und eine versprengte Abteilung Schützen sind auf sich allein gestellt, eingekreist von der siegreichen Armee Napoleons. Sie haben nur eine Chance: Wenn sie sich Major Blas Vivar und seinen spanischen Aufständischen anschließen. Doch das hat seinen Preis, denn Vivar will die heilige Stadt Santiago de Compostela befreien, die von französischen Truppen besetzt ist. Sharpe und seinen Männern bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als einmal mehr ihren unbeugsamen Willen zu beweisen, um sich gegen die feindliche Übermacht durchzusetzen.