Ball: Holiday shopping for baseball books

From SABR member Andrew Ball at Beyond the Box Score on November 28, 2013:

Being that it’s Thanksgiving, I decided to deviate from the normal insightful and original baseball research typically found on the site. Don’t worry — that will return tomorrow as normal, but today we’ve got something more appropriate to the holidays.

Because Thanksgiving isn’t just a day to give thanks for all the important people in your lives; it’s also the socially accepted beginning of holiday shopping. While finding gifts for baseball fans can often be difficult because the holidays occur in the middle of the offseason, nothing really compares to a quality baseball book, especially this time of year when there are no games to watch (outside of the winter leagues). With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my top 15 baseball books* — many with a distinct saber-slant — that you can look to pick up this holiday season for a friend, loved one, or even yourself.

And if you don’t like my choices, or you’ve read the majority of these titles already, at the bottom you will find a link to a Google Doc that has a list of more than 50 titles deemed the best baseball books by our readers. Enjoy!

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Originally published: December 2, 2013. Last Updated: December 2, 2013.