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Good reads

In the summertime, I always take some good books to digest when I head off to vacation. Some involve sports, many do not.

While I didn't save them for vacation, I have read two recent sports books that I highly recommend. The most recent, which I just finished, is Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball. Now this might sound like 675 pages of boredom, but it definitely is not.

If you enjoy baseball, you will not only enjoy reading about the longest tenured manager in baseball history but, as the title says, a lot of great information about the early years of baseball. Those details give us a great idea of just how different baseball is from its early days. The book covers Mack from his birth in 1862 through the 1914 season...just enough to whet my appetite for the sequel.

The next book (which I haven't read) gives us the next 16 years, from 1915 to 1931....and there will have to be another because Mack didn't quit until the 1950's!

Anyway it's a great read and I highly recommend it to all baseball lovers. Norman Macht is the author.

The other book is the most recent book on Willie Mays...Willie Mays, the Life, the Legend by James Hirsch. Mays was my favorite player as a child and while I have read other books about him, this one seems to be the most complete, including a few chapters on his life after baseball. It shows him to be, not only an unbelievable ballplayer, but also, for the most part, a decent human being who was unfairly criticized for not being more outspoken on civil rights.

It, too, is a large book, but reads fairly quickly. If you've read any good books, especially on sports, let us know. I'm always up for a good book...especially on vacation.



Posted at 8:08am on July 19, 2013 by Big Don Voltz

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Comments on this post:

arthur
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 9:31am
The Art of Fielding was one of the best books ive read.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:00pm
The series of books sound interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out for those books. Thanks!


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