The following new books about baseball are available at the Readers Services Department of the Allen County Public Library.
Who’s on Worst? The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats, and other Antiheroes in Baseball History by Filip Bondy
Bondy mixes humor with fact to offer an amusing look at players who have elevated failure, or folly, to fresh, artful levels.
Tales from First Base: The Best, Funniest, and Slickest First Basemen Ever by Brad Engel
Packed with interviews, this book will appeal to newcomers to the game and lifelong fans alike.
Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line by Tom Dunkel
A decade before Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color line in 1947; Neil Churchill put together an integrated team, attracting some of the Negro League’s finest players. Dunkel traces the rise of the squad and follows them through their ups and downs, focusing on the 1935 season, during which they won the Semi-Pro National Championship.
Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball by Laurie Collier Hillstrom
Hillstrom provides a comprehensive account of Robinson’s life and career, focusing on events surrounding the shattering of the color barrier. Hillstrom also discusses Robinson’s life after baseball, his position in the civil rights movement and his enduring legacy as a racial pioneer.
Closer: Major League Players Reveal the Inside Pitch on Saving the Game by Kevin Neary
With miniprofiles of 62 of baseball’s greatest closers, Neary provides an insider’s look into the role, how the position has evolved and how legends coped with stress on the mound.