As is always the case in the springtime Bay Area, hockey and basketball seasons are over (earlier than usual for the Sharks, about as expected for the Warriors), and the calendar turns over to baseball. Last season was a disappointment for fans of both the Giants and Athletics, but this is the time when “wait ’til next year” becomes “next year is now.”
To get you in the pastime mood, there are some notable recent additions to our baseball collection. Finding them is easy, simply search for ‘baseball’ in the library catalog, or browse the shelves starting at call number 796.357. To get you started, here are a couple titles of note:
- A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants by Andrew Baggarly
The title says it all. Forget 2011 and relive the 2010 championship season through the eyes of a Giants beat writer.
- A Moment in Time: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace by Ralph Branca with David Ritz
On the topic of reminiscing, Giants fans might like to look all the way back to “the Shot Heard Round the World” from the perspective of the man who threw the fateful pitch, Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca.
- The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH by Shawn Green with Gordon McAlpine
I know, I know, another former Dodger author? Non-Giants fans might be willing to give this exploration of the junction between sports and philosophy a go.
- Nobody’s Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History by Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce with Daniel Paisner
Just last month, former A’s pitcher and current White Sox Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game (when the pitcher doesn’t allow a single batter to reach base the entire game) in Major League history. This is the inside story of one of the more famous imperfect games, when an umpire’s blown call cost a young pitcher his shot at history.
- Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor
Two well-written biographies about a current, and a future, Hall of Famer.
Relive some A’s glory days with the Oscar-nominated film (on Blu-Ray and DVD) starring Brad Pitt as A’s General Manager Billy Beane, or read the modern classic that inspired the film, by Michael Lewis.
- Calico Joe by John Grisham
Grisham gets out of the courtroom and onto the ballfield for this story about a promising career cut tragically short and the redemption found in the aftermath. For another tale of on-field tragedy, try the acclaimed debut novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Horbach.