What to Read: Home Run Reads

July 5, 2018

Still looking for the perfect beach read? Already missing baseball after the College World Series final? This reading list is themed around America’s favorite pastime. Whether you root for the Braves or just like a good family game of catch, these novels will inspire you through the love of baseball and how it applies it to the tricky lessons we learn in life.



Calico Joe by John Grisham


Grisham’s first baseball novel revolves around family and the bond between a father and son and how their lives are forever linked to the American sport and also changed by it. This novel takes you into the life of Paul Tracey, the son of the famous New York Mets pitcher Warren Tracey. He becomes torn between cheering on his dad or his baseball idol, Joe Castle, a young baseball rookie from Calico, Arkansas, who beats every record he’s set against.




The Legend of Mickey Tussler: A Novel by Frank Nappi


Travel back in time to follow the life of Mickey Tussler, one of the most trailblazing baseball players of his time, who shows that overcoming odds and challenges is more than possible. This inspirational novel will have you rooting for Mickey to succeed all the way to the very last page.




Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball by Bob Tewksbury


Baseball isn’t just a sport of testing your physical fitness – it is also a test of the mind. Former MLB player for the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants Bob Tewksbury explains the mental toll baseball can have on a person and the importance of the original saying, “Keep your eye on the ball.”




One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard


Chris Ballard’s baseball novel is a story of hope and inspiration that teaches anything is possible when you have the passion for it. Ballard weaves the story of a high school league from rural Illinois that defies the odds and doesn’t let anything stop them from winning. This tale will pull at your heartstrings as you grow to love the little team from Illinois.




The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond by Jeff Silverman


Baseball has evolved since its creation, and this novel will take you back in time to experience the often comical origin stories of baseball’s most unforgettable legends. Silverman compiles thirty short stories about the American League including the day the first female player set foot on the field and much more.




The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn


The Boys of Summerpays tribute to some of the most trailblazing baseball players to hit the home plate, like Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine and PeeWee Rese. Read the backstories that molded the future of baseball.



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