Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Outside of a Dog, #41

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.

April 7th is the birthday of Major League Baseball players Adrián Beltré (Seattle Mariners), Ronnie Belliard (Washington Nationals), and Brett Tomko (New York Yankees), and Good Friday (this upcoming Friday the 10th of April) is Tigers’ Opening Day! Whether or not you were lucky enough to get tickets to this once-a-year event (or if you’re hardy enough to brave the wild April snow), here are some great baseball books to read on the car trip there:

The Story of the Detroit Tigers – Sara Gilbert

This history of our hometown team tells how it was founded, and details some of the earliest and best-known players.

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All My Octobers: My memories of twelve World Series when the Yankees ruled baseball – Mickey Mantle

For many baseball fans, Mickey Mantle is synonymous with the golden age of baseball in the 1950s. Along with two other autobiographies, Mick and My Favorite Summer, this book is all about the winning spirit of the Yankees.

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Free Baseball – Sue Corbett

Felix is an 11-year-old baseball fan and player in his heart. His father was famous, too, before he left Felix and his mom alone. Now, Felix joins a minor league baseball team as their bat boy, hoping that it will bring him closer to his long-lost dad.

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Baseball Fever: Early baseball in Michigan – Peter Morris

Did you know that baseball was played in Michigan as early as 1830? If you didn’t, then this book is for you. Historian Morris tells about 1830-1870, using personal accounts and archived newspapers to tell the tales of baseball fever.

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Babe & Me: A baseball card adventure – Dan Gutman

13-year-old Joe Stoshack can travel through time using his baseball card collection in this series by Gutman, who also writes the My Weird School Days books. In this short novel, Joe takes his father with him to see if Babe Ruth really called his home run in the 1932 World Series.

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Ernie Harwell: My sixty years in baseball – Ernie Harwell

The voice of Tigers’ baseball, Ernie Harwell has his own exhibit at the Detroit Public Library, and is famous not only for his voice, but for naming the original Tiger Stadium “the corner of Michigan and Trumbull” or, just “the corner.” Harwell is still working with the city of Detroit to try to save and preserve that precious piece of sports history (http://savetigerstadium.org/).

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