Most Recent Book Reads

I’m a pretty voracious reader.  I’ve read 73 books so far this year – and I always have a handful in flight at any given time.

Ten of those have been baseball books.

The two most recent have been:

Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms: A Lifetime of Memories from Striking Out the Babe to Teeing It up with the President” by Elden Auker with Tom Keegan (Finished June 15) – Brazos Books
Field of Hope: An Inspiring Autobiography of a Lifetime of Overcoming Odds” by Brett Butler with Jerry B. Jenkins (Finished June 20) – Half Price Books Waco Outlet

These were $2 and $1 pickups, respectively.

Both were excellent in their own ways.  However, the stories told by Elden Auger, a pitcher in the 30’s and early 40’s, made this a great historical read.  Would highly recommend this.

The other reads were as follows (in chronological order):

“From The Bullpen To The State Pen: On Choices, A Crash, And The Remarkable Freedom of Grace” by Brandon Puffer (Finished January 10) – Amazon

“Baseball Giant Killers: The Spudders Of The 20’s” by Al Parker (Finished January 31) – Conroe Second & Charles
“When the Forgotten Borough Reigned: The 1964 Little League World Champions” by Jeff Ingber (Finished April 11) – Kindle

“Baseball in the Lone Star State: The Texas League’s Greatest Hits” by Tom Kayser and David King (Finished April 15) – Half Price Books Austin
“One Shot At Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, And A Magical Baseball Season” by Chris Ballard (Finished April 26) – Barnes & Noble Albuquerque

“Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and A Colorful History of Sign Stealing” by Andy Martino (Finished May 3) – Barnes & Noble
“The Blunder Years: The Dark Ages of the New York Yankees (1965-1973)” by Ron Quartararo (Finished May 25) – Amazon

“Willie Horton: 23 – Detroit’s Own Willie The Wonder, the Tigers’ First Black Great” by Willie Horton with Kevin Allen (Finished June 13) – Kindle


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    1. Joey, it was good. It’s in my keeper stack of books! The book started with an interesting history on sign-stealing in baseball, and then moved at a good pace. I was expecting a hate-filled book towards the Astros, but I didn’t walk away from the book thinking that. I read a lot at 20-30 pages at a pop and it is a 260-page book that I moved through in less than two weeks.