Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure by Craig Robinson
Written by an Englishman with a great love of America’s favorite pastime, Flip Flop Fly Ball is a book of infographics about all things baseball. Craig Robinson came to New York for a business trip and went to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees play the Twins. He’s been hooked on baseball ever since. The infographics started as a way to help him remember the rules and oddities of the game. Now it features portraits of players with animals (Kevin Youkalyptus, anyone?), fun facts about teams and stadiums, and a Venn diagram demonstrating when the wave is appropriate at a baseball game (spoiler alert: Never. It’s never appropriate.) Baseball lovers and non-fans alike will delight in this book.
Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends and Eerie Events by Mickey Bradley
Is there any sport that carries as many supersitions around it as baseball? Sprits, curses, jinxes and ghosts fill this book of tales from players, umps, stadium personel and front office staff. Each chapter features an unexplainable story from baseball. Has a Billy Goat’s curse really kept a team out of the World Series for 100+ years? Did Roberto Clemente predict the plane crash that took his life? And where do those hidden passageways beneath Dodger Stadium lead? A mix of lore and anecdote, there is something for every baseball lover in this book.
Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball by Willard Mullin
Willard Mullins is an American sports cartoonist, best known for his character the “Brooklyn Bum,” a personification for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This collection features Mullin’s drawings from 1934-1972- the golden age of baseball. Depictions of the greats feature heavily-DiMaggio, Williams, Berra, Koufax. Also included is the poem Mullin’s composed for the occasion of Lou Gehrig’s retirement. This book will appeal to the history buff inside any baseball fan.
34 Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball As Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects by Steve Rushin
What says baseball more than cracker jacks and bobble heads? What would the game be without cards, pennents, peanuts and hot dogs-not to mention bats, balls and gloves. 34 Ton Bat is the history of baseball told through ephemera. This readable history is organized in order of importance-from most to least. Rushin reveals the evolution of how the objects we most closely associate with baseball came to be as wells as the people and innovators behind those objects. As if that isn’t interesting enough, he includes silly anecdotes as well. What happened when beer was reintroduced to stadiums after prohibition? You’ll have to read 34 Ton Bat to find out!