A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve – by Douglas J. Gladstone

Baseball is often synonymous with large salaries, multi-million contracts given to men for being able to play the game most of us at least dabbled in as children. Yet those with knowledge of the game’s history know that these large sums of money being given to players came about relatively recently, after the reserve clause […]

The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de MacorĂ­s – by Mark Kurlansky

What is it about the town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic that has helped it produce so many baseball stars? And what has baseball done to that town? Find out in Pat Lagreid’s review of Mark Kurlansky’s book The Eastern Stars, on BaseballBookReview.com.

The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories — by Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala

A new book looks at the T206 baseball card set — will it be as collectible as the cards themselves? Pat Lagreid casts his verdict on it.

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend — by James S. Hirsch

We’re all familiar with the idea of being in the right place at the right time, but that concept leaves out an important factor — being the right person, in the right place, at the right time. To say that Willie Mays exemplifies the concept of being the right person in the right place at […]

The Game From Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View — by Doug Glanville

Anytime a ballplayer’s memoir arrives in my mailbox, I am immediately suspect and weary of what the pages might contain. Self-praise, guarded secrets, and often an over-hyped book that fails to live up to the marketer’s promises. Such is not the case with Doug Glanville‘s debut book, The Game From Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s […]

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball – by George F. Will

George Will’s Men at Work celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is re-released with a new introduction by the author. Does it still resonate in 2010 as it did in 1990? Pat Lagreid answers that question in his Baseball Book Review.