Imagine you as a kid, waiting for the bell to ring on the last day of school. In your head, you count down the time. 2:45, 2:46, 2:47 until the teacher assigns summer reading to the class. The class groans. Well, if your school year just ended and you did get assigned summer reading, I’m sorry.
I’ve decided to take the same concept and switch it up a little. Here is the MattsBats.com Baseball Summer Reading List! It is a list of books about baseball that I lover or that I will be reading this summer!
There are books on here for adults and kids. So if you happen to be flying somewhere far away this summer or just sitting on the beach, here are a few books to check out.
Hit And Miss is the 2nd book in Derek Jeter’s series for young readers. It is about a young Derek who meets a boy from Beverly Hills named Dave, who has a personal driver and a Mercedes, so everyone thinks he is a stuck-up rich kid. He turns out to be best friends with Derek. Buy your copy here.
This book by former SI sportswriter Charlie Leerhsen is a biography on the Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb. This is a great biography on the league’s most interesting player ever. This is a book mainly for adults and asks whether Cobb’s reputation as a racist is true. Click on the link above to learn more about Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty.
Out At Home is a book by Cal Ripken about a guy named Zoom who is an arrogant player who tries to fit in with the rest of his team. They try to defeat the mighty Yankees to win the championship and readers get to see a transformation in the main character. It’s a great light reading book for kids. Buy your copy at the link above.
The Closer: My Story by former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is an autobiography of Mariano’s storied career as the closer for the New York Yankees, and the last active player in MLB to wear #42. It takes you through Mariano’s career through the Minors and as a fisherman in Puerto Caimito, Panama. There is also a children’s version, available here.
The Last Natural is a book by Rob Miech about Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and his journey as a baseball player at the College of Southern Nevada. Rob followed Bryce through his college years, so he was able to write about his baseball career and his personal life at the same time. Click on the link above for more details.
David A. Kelly writes a series called Ballpark Mysteries, where 2 kids named Mike and Kate go to different ballparks around the country to solve mysteries. Although the next book doesn’t come out until February 23, 2016 (The Rangers Rustlers), you can enjoy the other books. They are: The Fenway Foul-Up, The Pinstripe Ghost, The L.A. Dodger, The Astro Outlaw, The All-Star Joker, The Wrigley Riddle, The San Francisco Splash, The Missing Marlin, The Philly Fake, The Rookie Blue Jay, and The Tiger Troubles.
These books are some of my favorite baseball books. If you read them too, tweet me @MattsBats on Twitter and tell me what you think. I hope you have a good summer!