The best books about baseball pitchers 📚

Browse the best books on baseball pitchers as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy Satchel Paige

If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy Satchel Paige

By Donald Spivey

Why this book?

Don Spivey’s book about the great Satchel Paige is a biography the way it should be written. It treats Paige not only as the legendary ballplayer he was, but also as a fascinating person: a disadvantaged youth who learned to pitch in reform school and a daring individualist in a team game who showcased his superior talents by, for example, calling in his outfielders, then striking out the side. Spivey believes Satchel’s outrageous record of constantly switching teams in search of better pay was not irresponsible – he grew up poor and decided as a man he would not live…

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Reckless (Renegades)

By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan

Why this book?

Let me sum it up for you real quick: Jordan writes some of the hottest sex scenes ever. Like ever. If you aren’t fanning yourself halfway through, then you need to check for a pulse! Joking aside – if you’re looking for unapologetic and unabashed sensuality with great writing and strong stories, the eight-book Renegades series fits the bill. The core cast is a group of Hollywood stunt doubles – so yes, they’re all muscular, gorgeous, and fit – and Jax is the company owner and hero of Reckless. Wary of L.A. gold-diggers who zero in on his…

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The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

By Mick Cochrane

Why this book?

This is one of my absolute favorite books. It’s beautifully written, telling a compelling story about Molly Williams, who shared a love of baseball and a deep connection with her father through the long hours they spent talking while he taught her to pitch a knuckleball. When he dies in a car accident, Molly’s world falls apart. Her mother descends into depression, and communication between them stops. Molly slowly puts her life back together when she earns a place on a boys’ baseball team and builds friendships with her teammates. The power of this book lies in its central metaphor:…

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Book cover of Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

By Edward Achorn

Why this book?

Are you a baseball fan who grumbles about modern players being overpaid and coddled? If so, this book will transport you to baseball’s roughest epoch, and reward you with a ballbag of “Who knew?”s as to how the game was played and fought in the late 1800s. Back then, a different species of men took the field, men who would not recognize our 21st-century diamond dancers, who slip on gloves for every occasion: catching, batting, even sliding.

A quick sampler of Who Knew?s. In 1884, an ump commanded, “Striker-up!” A pitcher could hit a batter as many times as he…

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The Real Dope

By Ring Lardner

Why this book?

How’s this for a challenge? Write a humorous book during World War One that can still make readers laugh 100 years later. That’s exactly what Lardner does here, when he turns his famous character Jack Keefe, the semi-literate, big-talking baseball pitcher into a soldier and sends him boasting and bragging to “Nobody’s Land,” where he hilariously ducks every dangerous situation he’s put in.

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Book cover of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

By Jane Leavy

Why this book?

This biography of the legendary pitcher, lovingly structured like a double helix entwined through his life and his 1965 perfect game, came out two weeks after my first novel. Jane and I shared the same publisher (HarperCollins) and editor, David Hirshey…and nothing else. It was a surprise bestseller to everyone but me and contains one of the great lines ever by a living icon: “Late success is quieter…” I started as a sportswriter. To call this a baseball book is to call Huckleberry Finn a fishing guide.

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