B-B Books

I’m thinking about starting a Billy-Ball-Book-Club, if you are interested in participating, please let me know.

Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so Grand) Finales – By me and Jim Kaplan, with a forward by Jon Miller

125 Best Vegan Recipes – Maxine Chuck and Beth Gurney. Mrs. Ball wrote this great vegetarian cookbook. Where ever it says use vegan cheese, use real cheese and the dishes are terrific.

How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition), Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman – Why does a baseball site have cookbooks by Mark Bittman? He’s one of my closest friends in the world and a great baseball fan. He grew up loving Willie Mays.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman and Alan Witschonke

Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher & a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the Game is Played by Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, and Lonnie Wheeler – the great John McSheffrey gave this to me and he’s a Hall of Fame buddy.

100 Things Red Sox Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die (100 Things …. Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die) by Nick Cafardo – The 101st thing you should do is buy this book by this great baseball writer.

Pafko at the Wall: A Novella by Don DeLillo – This is an incredible short tale of Bobby Thomson’s “Shot heard round the world.” It serve as a prologue to DeLillo’s “Underworld” which I couldn’t get through, I just wish there had been more “Pafko.”

Media Rules!: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience by Brian Reichand Dan Solomon – Very few books keep me awake but this one was one of them. Feel with ideas and insights from visionary Reich. a name you will hear much from in the future.

The Pawnshop Chronicles by Jack E Rossin – Interesting marketing book but you should get this because Jack’s stories about working in a pawnshop when he was a kid are priceless. You should also get this because Jack has about a thousand books left in his basement and he really wants to move them.

October 1964 by David Halberstam, Summer of ’49 (P.S.) by David Halberstam – A great writer and a terrific baseball writer.

The Bill James Gold Mine by Bill James – His stuff is gold, Jerry, gold.

Red Sox Threads: Odds & Ends from Red Sox History by Bill Nowlin – This guy is a prolific Red Sox writer, I prefer this book.

The Breaks Even Out and Midnight Comes Quickly for Cinderella by John Shiffert – Shiff is a smart guy, a good baseball writer and a good e-friend. You will like his stuff!

Worth The Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies, by Jayson Stark, a great writer and great friend of Billy-Ball.

Traded: Inside the Most Lopsided Trades in Baseball History , by Doug Decatur, a win share analysis of baseball’s lopsided trades.

The Fielding Bible–Volume II by John Dewan – This is a great book and will truly help you quantify fielding.

  • Bob Shvodian

    Bill Nowlin has two of the Red Sox all time games, the two at the end of 1949 season vs Yanks, in Fenway Park. They were played in Yankee Stadium.

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  • Sean Gresh


    Have you researched some of the books on baseball by my friend and former colleague Richard Goldstein. Richard taught journalism at Emerson College as well as at New York University but has spent most of his career at The New York Times. A great guy and a terrific writer. Like you, he loves baseball and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport and its players.




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  • Ken Howard

    The year Babe Ruth hit 104 home runs by Bill Jenkinson is a must read. Carroll and Graf are the publishers.