Batter Up!

Spring heralds the return of baseball, but if you can’t return to the bleachers just yet, pick up one of these biographies of the game’s greatest players.

Al Kaline

Jim Hawkins, Ernie Harwell

For more than a half century, as a superstar ballplayer, television broadcaster, and front office executive, Al Kaline personified the Detroit Tigers like no one else. Learn how the skinny, shy youngster with an undying love for the game of baseball

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The Big Fella

Jane Leavy

Former sportscaster Jane Leavy creates a portrait of Babe Ruth and his partnership with business manager Christy Walsh, tracing how their strategies, achievements, and notoriety established a blueprint for modern athletic stardom.

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The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych

Doug Wilson

Lanky, mop-topped, and nicknamed for his resemblance to Big Bird on Sesame Street, Mark Fidrych exploded onto the national stage in 1976 as a rookie pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. He won over fans with his wildly endearing antics such as talking to

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Chipper Jones, Carroll Rogers Walton

Third baseman and legendary switch-hitter Jones, who racked up some amazing statistics during his 19 years with the Atlanta Braves, chronicles his career, comments on his teammates, analyzes top moments pitch by pitch, and reflects on money- and ster

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The Kid

Ben Bradlee Jr.

Ted Williams is widely regarded as the best hitter in baseball history. His stats would be even higher if he had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea. During his twent

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Lou Gehrig

Alan D. Gaff

In 1927, legendary New York Yankees hitter Lou Gehrig sat down to write the remarkable story of his life and career. Gehrig's personal remembrances were published that year as popular weekly columns in The Oakland Tribune. Until now, those pages

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Jim Abbott, Tim Brown

Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a high school athlete and an ace pitcher for

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