The Reading List: Baseball
Monday 03 October 2011
'The Curse of the Bambino' by Dan Shaughnessy (Penguin, out of print)
Wednesday night was one of the most remarkable evenings in baseball history – with the Boston Red Sox managing to throw away an almost unassailable lead to get into the play-offs. It was back to the bad old days of the "cursed" ball club when the team went 86 years without winning the World Series after losing Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Boston Globe writer Shaughnessy covers the story of the Sox's struggle with great colour.
'Jackie Robinson: A Biography' by Arnold Rampersad (Alfred A Knopf, £9.09)
Published in 1997, 50 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's colour barrier, Rampersad's account of the Brooklyn Dodgers great's life was dubbed "the definitive account of the much-biographed Robinson's life" by the New York Times.
'The Great American Novel' by Philip Roth (Vintage, £8.99)
Baseball has lent itself to some of the best sportswriting in history – The New Yorker has released anthologies devoted to it. Here the great American writer covers the great American sport with a Second World War alternate history of a baseball league torn apart by a Communist plot.
'The Boys of Summer' by Roger Kahn (Harper Perennial, £8.56)
Kahn struck gold when he became the New York Herald Tribune's Brooklyn Dodgers correspondent. His stint coincided with the team's golden age of the early Fifties, and the years before the Dodgers broke Brooklyn's hear and moved to LA. It also interweaves Kahn's relationship with his sports-mad father.
'Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game' by Michael Lewis (Norton, £9.99)
Brad Pitt is getting an Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in the movie based on Lewis's book. In Moneyball, Lewis breaks down how – at the start of the 21st century – Beane and other statistical analysts at his club found disproportionate success by finding inefficiencies in the market for players (ie, using different measurements of what made a player valuable).
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 2 How to turn off/stop 'seen by' on Facebook: Disable it to make your chats seem less passive aggressive
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 5 Buckingham Palace guard who attacked passers-by in 'most most violent piece of CCTV footage' police officer had seen walks free
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election