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7: The Mickey Mantle Novel
by Peter Golenbock Details
While Mickey was a good person at heart, he had a dark side that went far beyond his well-known alcoholism and infidelities. In this fictional portrait, Mickey is in heaven, where he realizes that he's carrying a huge weight on his shoulders, as he did throughout his life.
A Difficult Trade
by Sam Leonard Details
With no offers to buy his defending World Series Champion baseball team, business magnate Harry Hvide desperately needs to slash payroll. His plan involves trading superstar Richie Johnson to get rid of his sixty-six million dollar contract. But when it is revealed that Johnson is untradeable, Harry Hvide vows to somehow get it done...whatever it takes.
All the Stars Came Out That Night
by Kevin King Details
The date was October 20, 1934. The place was Boston's Fenway Park. The money behind it was Henry Ford's, who yearned to see an all-white (and non-Jewish) team defeat the black all-stars. And the force behind it all was Clarence Darrow, the legal genius who pulled the political levers to make it happen. No trophies or championships were on the line, only the two most important things in life to any ballplayer--respect and redemption.
Ballpark Blues
by C.W. Tooke Details
Russ Bryant, a lonely eporter trapped in a job he hates, stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he becomes friends with Casey Fox, a promising rookie catcher on the local minor league team. As talented but insecure Casey moves on the fast track from anonymity to stardom, Russ's dreams of journalistic glory soar as well, as his exclusive access to the hottest player in sports puts him in national demand.
Blockade Billy
by Stephen King Details
This is the story of fictional baseball player William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player of all time, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first and only player to have his existence completely erased from the record books. Blockade Billy was ostracized because he had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse.
Dead Balls and Double Curves: An Anthology of Early Baseball Fiction
by  Southern Illinois University Press Details
This collection of twenty-two classic stories is presented in chronological order to capture the development of America's favorite pastime. Many of these tales have never before been reprinted.
Double Play
by Robert B. Parker Details
It is 1947, the year Jackie Robinson breaks major-league baseball's color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Joseph Burke, a veteran of World War II and a survivor of Guadalcanal, is hired by the Dodgers to guard Robinson. While Burke shadows Robinson, the bodyguard must also face some hard truths of his own.
Gift of the Bambino
by Jerry Amernic Details
In 1914, young Lazaros sees Babe Ruth hit a monstrous home run in a minor league game. This glimpse of baseball's first superstar transforms Lazaros into a devoted fan and a dedicated, if ultimately unsuccessful, player; this is his story, told through the eyes of his grandson, who eventually learns what baseball means to his grandfather.
The Cuban Prospect
by Brian Shawyer Details
Dennis Birch is a 34-year old failed major league ball player turned minor league scout whose field of dreams has always been baseball. No longer a candidate for baseball greatness himself (if he ever was) Dennis accepts the challenge of smuggling a hot right-handed pitcher out of Cuba in the hope that promoting the greatness of another will somehow confer a small portion of it on himself.
The Curse: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Or Do They?
by Andy Van Slyke Details
Could this finally be the season for which Cubs fans have been waiting for so long? The team is in first place as the All-Star break approaches. As every die-hard Cubs fan knows, however, the team's success cannot come easily. But never could they imagine the obstacles this club would face in its attempt to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945.
The End of Baseball
by Pete Schilling Details
Hungry for a pennant, young Philadelphia Athletics owner Veeck secretly recruits the legendary stars of the Negro Leagues, creating a club that will go down in history as one of the greatest ever to play the game. This novel depicts a fictionalized account of one of the biggest years in real-life baseball history.
The Entitled
by Frank Deford Details
After years of struggling as a baseball player, Howie Traveler has finally made it to the majors as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The team, however, is struggling, and things get even worse when the team's star player is accused of rape.
The Legend of Mickey Tussler
by Frank Nappi Details
After seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is recruited to play for a minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves, some insist Mickey has the greatest arm he has ever seen, that anybody has ever seen. But Mickey has autism, and it keeps him sealed off from the world. Can he fulfill his dream? Or are the harsh realities of life too much for him?
The Natural
by Bernard Malamud Details
Roy Hobbs, an athlete born with rare and wondrous gifts, is robbed of his prime playing years by a youthful indiscretion that nearly costs him his life. But at an age when most players are considering retirement, Roy reenters the game, lifting the lowly New York Knights from last place into pennant contention. Now all he has to worry about is the fixers, the boss, the slump, the jinx, the fans...
Updated 12/20/2011
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