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Baseball, The Great American Pastime

May 2012

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A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez  by Selena Roberts.
Read by Carol Dines. Reading time 9 hours 26 minutes.
Biography of Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the history of baseball. Sports Illustrated writer expands on her expose of Rodriguez's use of steroids--tracing substance abuse since his high school days in Miami. Details Rodriguez's personal and professional life, including his divorce and dedication to Kabbalah. Some strong language. 2009.
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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montvielle.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 15 hours 39 minutes.
The author use archives and oral history to pen a biography of professional baseball player Babe Ruth (1895-1948). Chronicles his bleak Baltimore childhood, his success with the Boston Red Sox, and his career with the New York Yankees. Also details his scandalous private life. Strong language. 2006.
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Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits by David Ortiz.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 8 hours 9 minutes.
Autobiography of baseball player David "Big Papi" Ortiz, who helped the Boston Red Sox break the "curse of the bambino" by winning the 2004 World Series. Ortiz recalls his childhood in the Dominican Republic and discusses his career with the Seattle Mariners, the Minnesota Twins, and the Red Sox. 2007.
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Big Sticks: The Batting Revolution of the Twenties by William Curran.
Read by Peter Johnson. Reading time 10 hours 24 minutes.
Sports statistician and free-lance writer Curran describes baseball's earlier era when there were no night games, no exploding scoreboards, no organ music--only the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowds. The 1920s saw baseball change from a defensive game to a hard-hitting offensive one in which batting averages skyrocketed and so did the fans' attendance.
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The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn.
Read by Bill Wamsley. Reading time 15 hours 43 minutes.
A former sportswriter for the 'Herald Tribune' writes about the Brooklyn Dodgers of Ebbets Field. He also tells what happened to Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, Preacher Roe, and the other baseball greats of the team. 1972.
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Change Up: An Oral History of Eight Key Events That Shaped Modern Baseball by Larry Burke.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 9 hours 59 minutes.
Sportswriters discuss the changes that have occurred in baseball since the 1950s. Highlights the birth of the players' union, the American League's designated-hitter rule, the first African American manager, and the influx of Latin American players. Provides first-person commentaries from players, managers, reporters, and coaches. 2008.
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Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss.
Read by Jonathan Davis. Reading time 16 hours 33 minutes.
Biography of the Pittsburgh Pirates' right fielder Roberto Clemente (1934-1972), one of the major league's first Latino players. Details Clemente's upbringing in Puerto Rico, his arrival to the majors, and the prejudice he endured. Discusses his charitable works and his death on a disaster relief flight. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.
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Comeback by Dave Dravecky.
Read by Rick Foucheux. Reading time 7 hours 18 minutes.
Baseball player Dravecky had been in the majors for six years when a lump in his pitching arm was diagnosed as cancerous. He describes how the religious faith he and his family had helped him cope with the ordeal of tests, surgery, and the news that he would never pitch again. It was termed a miracle that Dravecky did successfully pitch again, but he retired shortly afterwards because of medical complications.
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Diz: Dizzy Dean and Baseball during the Great Depression by Robert Gregory.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 15 hours 49 minutes.
Biography of a legendary baseball player who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1930s. Although his career was short and ended abruptly following an arm injury, his thirty-game win in one season ensured his lasting fame. When Dizzy moved over to the announcer's box, his corny jokes, irreverence, and fractured English perpetuated the popularity begun on the mound. Strong language.
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The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca, and the Shot Heard Round the World by Joshua Prager.
Read by John Polk. Reading time 23 hours 16 minutes.
Journalist recounts what he calls the greatest home run in baseball history--when New York Giants Bobby Thomson hit a homer against Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the 1951 National League pennant. Highlights the Giants' use of a telescope to observe the Dodgers' signals. Some strong language. 2006.
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Extra Innings by Frank Robinson.
Read by Earle Hyman. Reading time 12 hours 43 minutes.
Former baseball slugger Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the majors, tells the story of his life in baseball. Blends anecdotes with comments on some of the game's more serious issues. Robinson claims club owners fail to hire blacks as managers, alleging they are incompetent, while year after year playing a game of musical managers with proven losers.
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Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles by Michael D'Antonio.
Read by Phil Gigante. Reading time 12 hours 30 minutes.
Biography of Walter O'Malley (1903-1979), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. Highlights O'Malley's rise from the club's lawyer to its owner and president. Discusses Jackie Robinson breaking the sport's racial barrier in 1947 and the Dodgers' controversial 1957 move to Los Angeles. Strong language. Commercial audiobook.
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Fungoes, Floaters, and Fork Balls: A Colorful Baseball Dictionary by Patrick Ercolano
Read by Phil Regensdorf. Reading time 7 hours 21 minutes.
Designed to help increase the baseball fan's enjoyment of the game, this dictionary explains more than 1,500 terms used by players, coaches, and announcers. The author defines such terms as banana stick, charity hop, early bloomer, hummer, lowdermilk, seagull, and whitewash and offers some historical information and baseball trivia.
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Game Time: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell.
Read by Eric Synnestvedt. Reading time 16 hours 3 minutes.
Sportswriter Steve Kettmann compiles his favorite Roger Angell baseball essays, spanning 1962-2002. The pieces profile players such as Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Pete Rose, and David Cone, as well as the various teams and spring training camps that he's studied. Introduction by Richard Ford. 2003.
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Great Time Coming: The Life of Jackie Robinson, from Baseball to Birmingham by David Falkner.
Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 14 hours 15 minutes.
When Jackie Robinson entered baseball's big leagues, he began a crusade that started with the integration of sports and later became more far reaching. Falkner chronicles Robinson's life before and after sports, including his role in the civil rights movement, his battle with diabetes and blindness, and his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame. Some strong language.
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How I would pitch to Babe Ruth: Seaver vs. the sluggers by Tom Seaver
Read by Larry Robinson. Reading time 8 hours 53 minutes.
A collection of stories about great baseball hitters by the New York Mets superstar pitcher. Some of the greats include Josh Gibson, of Negro baseball, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Honus Wagner.
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I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson.
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time 9 hours 7 minutes.
Baseball legend's account of his triumphs and tragedies on the road to becoming the first African American to play major league baseball. Descended from slaves and sharecroppers, Robinson recalls struggling to overcome racial barriers before and after his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Introduction by Hank Aaron. 1995.
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The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of Black Baseball by Janet Bruce.
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 7 hours 24 minutes.
The development of "the great American pastime" as it related to the African-American population, and one team's place in that history. Young black men dreamed of playing for the Kansas City Monarchs or one of the other fifteen black teams in the "majors." From the Civil War until Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson in 1945, baseball was a segregated sport, and the Monarchs were the premier black team.
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The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy.
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 17 hours 3 minutes.
The author of Sandy Koufax (DB/RC 54935) details twenty pivotal days in the life of New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle (1931-1995). Includes her own 1983 interview with "The Mick" and reminiscences of five hundred others to portray Mantle's remarkable talent and personal demons. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
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The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 22 hours 36 minutes.
Biography of baseball legend Henry "Hank" Aaron (born 1934), who broke Babe Ruth's home-run record in 1974 while playing for the Atlanta Braves. Examines Aaron's childhood in segregated Mobile, Alabama; his 1954 debut with the Milwaukee Braves; and indignities he and other African American athletes endured. Some strong language.
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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig.
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 15 hours 15 minutes.
Reporter uses archives, interviews, and letters to depict the man he considers the New York Yankee's "greatest" first baseman, Lou Gehrig (1903-1941). Covers Gehrig's upbringing as the only child of German immigrants, his fallout with teammate Babe Ruth, and his optimism while facing death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 2005.
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Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain by Marty Appel.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 12 hours 27 minutes.
Biography of Ohio native and professional baseball catcher Thurman Munson (1947-1979). Chronicles Munson's 1968 draft from Kent State University to the New York Yankees, the team's success that led to winning the 1977 and 1978 World Series, and Munson's death in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 2009.
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Once More around the Park: A Baseball Reader by Roger Angell.
Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time 15 hours 55 minutes.
Mr. Angell pays homage to the game he loves so well with this collection of twenty-one stories selected from almost thirty years of writing. He has chosen baseball stories (or parts of stories) "that still gave me pleasure when I went back and read them again."
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Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson.
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 22 hours 40 minutes.
Chronicles the development of African American baseball leagues from the post-Civil War era to Jackie Robinson's 1947 desegregation of the major leagues. Draws on firsthand accounts and player interviews to describe early team formation, league organization, and the move toward racial integration. Profiles players and includes standings and rosters. 1970.
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Roger Maris: a man for all seasons by Maury Allen.
Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time 8 hours 2 minutes.
'New York Post' sportswriter Allen portrays baseball great Maris as victimized by his own shyness as well as by the press. Yankee Maris, who broke Babe Ruth's home-run record in 1961, was often overshadowed by his popular and extroverted teammate, Mickey Mantle.
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Say Hey: The Autobiography of Willie Mays by Willie Mays.
Read by J. P. Linton. Reading time 8 hours 24 minutes.
Willie Mays was born in 1931 in Westfield, Alabama. He began playing catch with his dad when he was two. As a teen he trained to be a presser in a laundry, but baseball was his passion. His career started in the Negro Leagues playing against such stars as Satchel Paige. In 1950 Willie signed with the New York Giants. He played in 24 all-star games during his long career.
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Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball  by Lawrence D. Hogan.by Patrick Downer.
Reading time 21 hours 11 minutes.
Chronicles African American baseball from the nineteenth century until Jackie Robinson broke into the major leagues in 1945. Uses first-person accounts to profile the teams and players. Covers the business aspects of the league. Commissioned by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Foreword by Jules Tygiel. 2006.
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The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posnanski.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 7 hours 16 minutes.
Kansas City sportswriter accompanies ninety-three-year-old former Negro League veteran Buck O'Neil to baseball games for a year. O'Neil reminisces about his teammates and his career as a player, a scout, and the first African American coach in the Majors. Some strong language. 2007.
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Straw: Finding My Way by Darryl Strawberry.
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 8 hours 31 minutes.
Autobiography of former all-star baseball pitcher drafted to the New York Mets in 1980 after graduating from Los Angeles sports-powerhouse Crenshaw High. Recovering addict Strawberry describes his rise to fame and his substance abuse, trouble with the law, and cancer. Credits his turnaround to a newfound faith in God. 2009.
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Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger.
Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time 9 hours 49 minutes.
The author of Friday Night Lights (RC 32152) shadows St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa during the 2003 baseball season. Observations culminate in an insider's view of a three-game series with archrival Chicago Cubs. Describes the changes in the game over previous decades. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.
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Veeck--As in Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck by Bill Veeck.
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 17 hours 52 minutes.
Reminiscences of a baseball-team owner and operator. Humorous account of Veeck's love affair with the game during a lifetime devoted to it. Covers his involvement with the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox. 1962.
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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Inspirations and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes by Yogi Berra.
Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 2 hours 57 minutes.
Champion baseball catcher, coach, and manager suggests making informed decisions by obtaining advice and going with what feels right. Uses baseball anecdotes as metaphors for life. Bestseller. 2001.
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Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. Hirsch.
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 31 hours 37 minutes.
Authorized biography of baseball outfielder Willie Mays, born in 1931 Alabama. Follows Mays from the Negro Leagues to the New York Mets. Highlights Mays's best games, including his astonishing catch when playing for the Giants in the 1954 World Series. Discusses his personal life and baseball's racial integration. Bestseller. 2010.
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Yankee for Life: My Forty-Year Journey in Pinstripes by Bobby Murcer.
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 11 hours 28 minutes.
Autobiography of Bobby Murcer, who joined the New York Yankees in 1965 as a nineteen-year-old shortstop. Describes his 1975 trade to the Giants, later trade to the Cubs, and 1979 return to the Yankees having missed winning two World Series. Discusses his broadcasting career and battle with brain cancer. 2008.
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The Yankee Years by Joe Torre.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 18 hours 2 minutes.
Torre's take on managing baseball's New York Yankees from 1996-2007, achieving six American League pennants and four World Series championships. Torre describes crucial games, steroid abuse, his relationships with superstars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, and disagreements with owner George Steinbrenner and the front office. Some strong language.
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Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee by Allen Barra.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 19 hours 12 minutes.
Biography of New York Yankees catcher Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (born 1925 in St. Louis). Chronicles Berra's career, which began after he dropped out of school in eighth grade. Describes his 1946 signing by the Yankees and subsequent success, including five consecutive World Series and stints as manager and coach. 2009.
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