Monday, April 6, 2009

It's Opening Day...

...of the Major League Baseball season, even though the Chicago White Sox' home opener was postponed today due to snow. And Accent on Books is ready to step up to the plate with some books for the season.

Baseball Prospectus, 2009 (paperback). The ultimate book for statheads, with everything a Patriotic American needs to know about our National Pastime. Profiles and predictions for hundreds of major league players, plus all the top prospects.

Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, by Allen Barra (hardback). He may be best known to the general public as the most popular (if unintentional) American philosopher since William James, but the man could flat out play baseball. As Yogi himself said, "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him." Barra gives Berra the biography he deserves, with lots of great photographs.

Baseball in Asheville, by Bill Ballew (paperback). Here in Accent on Books' hometown we may not have a major league team, but the Asheville Tourists have a surprisingly long and even distinguished history, as this fun photographic chronicle reminds us. Babe Ruth once played here, Willie Stargell was a member of the team -- and Thomas Wolfe was a batboy!

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, by Kadir Nelson. I mentioned this one in an earlier post about the various children's book awards given out by the American Library Association, but it deserves a second mention. A dazzling, eloquent book that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

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