If you’re looking for a gift for the baseball fan on your list, how about some of the great books that have come out this year? I’ve got a couple of recommendations for you:
First is Mickey Mantle: Stories and Memorabilia from a Lifetime With the Mick, by Mickey Herskowitz. Besides being a biography about Mantle, it comes with copies of 10 unique documents from the Mick’s career – a minor league contract from 1949, a letter from Richard Nixon, a copy of his Players’ Association membership card and more.
For those that grew up during the 70s, there’s Catfish, Yaz, and Hammerin’ Hank, a book and DVD dedicated to baseball that decade that was highlighted by the end of the reserve clause, Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record, the rise of free agency, the death of Roberto Clemente and so much more, it’s all captured in Phil Pepe’s Catfish, Yaz, and Hammerin’ Hank.
If you’re shopping for a fan of baseball in the Northwest, pick up Rain Check by Mark Armour. This look inside the history of baseball in the northwest, which dates back to the 1890s, is rich with stories about how baseball came to be in the northwest. It’s a wonderfully written book with lots of pictures from local historian David Eskenazi’s collection which brings the stories to life.
Finally, there’s one of my favorite books – simply because it will keep you busy until Opening Day – it’s Dennis Purdy’s Team By Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball – almost 1200 pages of history, sorted by team, to give a unique take on how professional baseball as we know it today has evolved on a franchise by franchise basis.
Four titles – all sure to make a great gift for the baseball fan on your list.
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