The Boys of Summer

It’s hard to believe that those Boys of Summer are winding up their baseball season.  Will our Tigers make it to the playoffs?  To the World Series? 

Who knows….  but I know that you just might like some of these baseball books.

Show  your Tigers some love with these non-fiction selections:

Cantor, George
Tigers of 68: baseball’s last real champions
The author, with the aid of more than twenty intimate player interviews, warmly yet directly recalls that magical summer when the Detroit Tigers won the World Championship.

Parrish, Lance
Few and Chosen: defining Detroit Tigers’ greatness across the eras
Parrish selects the top five Tigers of all time at each position and ranks them in this subjective compendium. Fans may disagree, but they are certain to find his choices interesting.

Stanton, Tom
Final Season:fathers, sons and one last season in a classic American ballpark
Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Tom Stanton lived for his Detroit Tigers. When Tiger Stadium began its 88th and final season, he vowed to attend all 81 home games in order to explore his attachment to the place where four generations of his family have shared baseball.

And for some good baseball fiction, take a swing at these…..

Grisham, John
Calico Joe
This story, based on the Cubs and Mets 1973 season follows the divergent paths of Joe Castle, a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and Warren Tracey, a hard-throwing Mets pitcher.

Hamill, Pete
Snow in August
In New York City during the late 40’s, Jackie Robinson is breaking barriers and an unlikely friendshipdevelops between an Catholic boy and an immigrant Orthodox rabbi.

Kinsella, W. P.
Shoeless Joe
“If you build it, he will come.” These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson.

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