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    3.8 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The inside story of Hank Aaron’s chase for the home run record In One for the Record, George Plimpton recounts Hank Aaron’s thrilling race to become the new home-run champion. Amidst media frenzy and death threats, Aaron sought to beat Babe Ruth’s record. In 1974, he finally succeeded. A fascinating examination of the psychology of baseball players, One for the Record gives an absorbing account of the men on the mound who had to face Aaron. But the audiobook’s true genius lies in the portrait of Aaron himself and his discussions on his philosophy on hitting and the game of baseball.

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    One for the Record

    Foreword by Bob Costas
    Read by Rick Adamson
    3.8 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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    4.6 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The baseball classic that Ernest Hemingway called “beautifully observed and incredibly conceived,” now recorded and including a foreword from Jane LeavyThe first of Plimpton’s remarkable forays into participatory journalism, Out of My League chronicles with wit, charm, and grace what happens when a self-professed amateur has the chance to answer every fan’s question: could he strike out a major league star? Plimpton’s inspired idea—to get on the mound and pitch a few innings to the All-Stars of the American and National Leagues—begins as a fun-filled stunt and comes to a deeply hellish, nearly humiliating end. This honest and hilarious tale features Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Whitey Ford, Ralph Houk, and other baseball greats and is “a baseball [audio]book such as no one else ever wrote, and one of the best ever.” —New York Herald Tribune

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    Out of My League

    Foreword by Jane Leavy
    Read by Robert Fass
    4.6 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.4 hrs • 11/17/2015 • Unabridged

    From the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor, a compendium of writings that celebrate the view from the tenth decade of his richly lived life In February 2014, the New Yorker published an essay by Roger Angell called “This Old Man,” a meditation on life at age ninety-three. With great humor and not an ounce of self-pity or sentimentality, Angell wrote about health, mind, and memory; reckoning with the past and a long list of friends and family who have died; daily joys and struggles; and, above all, love. Cheerful and beautiful and moving, the piece became an instant classic, won a National Magazine Award, and has been shared and discussed by legions of readers young and old. “This Old Man” is the centerpiece of Angell’s new book, which gathers essays, letters, photos, comic verse, and drawings that in aggregate present a kaleidoscopic portrayal of a deeply engaged and vibrant life. Angell’s fluid prose and native curiosity make him an amiable and compelling companion on the page. Whether the subject is coping with the loss of his wife, Carol, editing John Updike, the seventh game of the 2014 World Series, his appreciation of fox terriers, or the Fourth of July ceremonies in his summer home in rural Maine, what links the pieces (most of recent vintage) is the deep sense of gratitude that suffuses them. Gratitude for the people he has known, the experiences he’s had, the writers and friends and baseball players he admires. It’s a portrait of a full and fascinating life, but a portrait always directed generously outward. Angell is New Yorker royalty. Son of Katharine S. White, the first fiction editor of the New Yorker, and stepson of E. B. White, Angell wrote his first piece for the magazine in 1944 and was for many years chief fiction editor himself. His affectionate take on the magazine and the personalities who’ve worked there makes for a lively slice of twentieth (and twenty-first) century cultural history. He is even better known as a baseball writer—he’s in the Hall of Fame with Babe Ruth and Willie Mays!—and the baseball writing in the book is pure heaven for fans of the national pastime. Engaging, sharp, and wonderfully written, This Old Man is a pure pleasure to listen to.

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    This Old Man

    10.4 hrs • 11/17/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.4 hrs • 7/14/2015 • Unabridged

    From the voice of Fenway Park comes a collection of 64 humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox. A commonwealth institution and popular local television personality who is also the announcer, ambassador, and poet laureate for Fenway Park, Dick Flavin has entertained audiences with his incredible poetic talent and abiding love for the Red Sox before countless home games for more than 20 years. Now this legendary talent’s poems are gathered together for the first time in this keepsake volume. As a beloved Red Sox insider, Flavin has been privileged to watch history in the making, from the team’s 2005 World Series victory that finally broke its nearly century-long “curse” to road tripping with Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to witnessing Ted Williams’ final appearance at the plate. His pithy and comedic verses—including such gems as “The Beards of Summer,” “Long Live Fenway Park,” and his best known “Teddy at the Bat”—pay homage to the American pastime, New England’s favorite team and players (and the curses and legends that have followed it), and the passionate Nation that has remained faithful through victory and defeat.

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    Red Sox Rhymes by Dick Flavin

    Red Sox Rhymes

    Foreword read by Henry Strozier
    Read by Dick Flavin
    1.4 hrs • 7/14/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 20.0 hrs • 7/15/2014 • Unabridged

    A deluxe baseball treasury unlike any other, complete with essays and player bios from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Everyone dreams of Cooperstown. It’s a hallowed name in baseball, for players as well as their fans. It’s a house where legends live; it’s everything that’s great about the game. Never before has the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum published a complete registry of inductees with extended biographies. In this unique, seventy-fifth anniversary edition, listen to the stories of every player inducted into the Hall, organized by position. Each section begins with an original essay by a living Hall of Famer who played that position: Hank Aaron, George Brett, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount.

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  6. 7.5 hrs • 4/29/2014 • Unabridged

    They said it was the “Curse of the Bambino.” They said “the bad guys won.” Now one of baseball’s all-time good guys, New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson, tells his side of the story—from the ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs that capped the miraculous 1986 World Series Game Six rally against the Boston Red Sox to the rise and fall of a team that boasted such outsize personalities as Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Lenny Dykstra, and Davey Johnson. Growing up in rural South Carolina in the 1960s, Mookie took to heart the lessons of his father, a diligent sharecropper who believed in the abiding power of faith—and taught his son the game that would change his life. When Mookie landed in Shea Stadium in 1980, the Mets were a perennial cellar-dweller overshadowed by the crosstown Yankees. But inspired by Mookie’s legendary hustle, they would soon become the toast of New York. And even when their off-field antics—made famous by a contingency of the team called “the Scum Bunch”—eclipsed their on-field successes, Mookie stayed above the fray. In 1986, the Mets were a juggernaut, winning 108 games during the regular season and edging the Houston Astros for the National League pennant following a grueling sixteen-inning game six classic. In the World Series against Boston, in an epic at-bat that led to the Buckner error, Mookie would ignite a fire under the Mets, helping to force a Game Seven. New York would win to become World Champions. In an era when role models in sports were hard to come by, some tarnished by their own hubris and greed, Mookie Wilson remained the exception: a man of humility and honor when it mattered the most.

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    Mookie

    By Mookie Wilson, with Erik Sherman
    Foreword by Keith Hernandez
    7.5 hrs • 4/29/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.1 hrs • 10/23/2012 • Unabridged

    Winners of twenty-seven World Series titles, the New York Yankees are the quintessential sports dynasty. Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees have been an American institution for nearly a century. With their rich history and colorful cast of characters, the Yankees never fail to inspire or provoke. With Damn Yankees, Rob Fleder, former executive editor for Sports Illustrated magazine, offers a timeless collection of original essays by some of the most prominent contemporary writers in America—including Pete Dexter, Roy Blount Jr., Dan Barry, Jane Leavy, Frank DeFord, Bill James, and many more—each piece focusing on one uniquely colorful subject: the fanatically adored yet resoundingly despised “Bronx Bombers.” The result is a collection of original essays as idiosyncratic and expansive as the team that has inspired them: ruminations on Babe Ruth’s gravestone, Derek Jeter’s swing, and the upper-deck vantage of the oldest living Yankee; dual allegiances; mortal rivalries; and other subjects varying from the hilarious (the Yankee wife-swap of the 1970s) to the sublime (the grace of Catfish Hunter). Superbly written, deeply insightful, and full of both passion and humor, Damn Yankees offers twenty-four fascinating takes on the most storied franchise of baseball’s Major Leagues.

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    Damn Yankees

    Edited by Rob Fleder
    Introduction read by Rob Fleder
    8.1 hrs • 10/23/12 • Unabridged
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    7.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare “high-character” superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball. Beyond Belief details the events that led up to the derailment, explaining how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. But this is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the spectacular rebirth of Josh’s major-league career. Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and places no blame on anyone other than himself. He takes responsibility for his poor decisions and believes his story can help millions who battle the same demons. “I have been given a platform to tell my story,” he says. “I pray every night I am a good messenger.”

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    Beyond Belief

    By Josh Hamilton, with Tim Keown
    Read by Ethan Sawyer
    7.9 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 13.6 hrs • 11/10/2010 • Unabridged

    This book recounts the slugger Roger Maris’ life before, during, and after his headline season of 1961, when the taciturn North Dakota native topped Babe Ruth’s all-time record by hitting sixty-one home runs. From his youth as a star high-school athlete and American Legion baseball player, Maris's went on to play for the Cleveland Indians, the Kansas City Athletics, the New York Yankees, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Author Rosenfeld argues that Maris's treatment by the press was both shabby and tragic, and that the famous player's Mid-western modesty, need for privacy, and straightforward nature were often wrongly interpreted as arrogance and sullenness—a factor that led many to downplay his claim on the record books. Rosenfeld makes a forceful case for awarding Maris a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, three decades after his record-breaking 1961 season with the New York Yankees.

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    Still a Legend

    13.6 hrs • 11/10/10 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.5 hrs • 8/15/2010 • Unabridged

    Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, a brilliant writer who has marked the stages of his life through the baseball cards he collected as a child. It also captures the experience of growing up obsessed with baseball cards and explores what it means to be a fan of the game. Along the way, as we get to know Josh, his family, and his friends, we also get Josh’s classic observations about the central artifacts from his life—the baseball cards themselves. Josh writes about an imagined correspondence with his favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski; he uses the magical bubble-blowing powers of journeyman Kurt Bevacqua to shed light on the weakening of the powerful childhood bond with his older brother; he considers the doomed utopian back-to-the-land dreams of his hippie parents against the backdrop of inimitable 1970s baseball figures such as pinch runner Herb Washington and Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Cardboard Gods is more than just the story of a man who can’t let go of his past, it’s proof that—to paraphrase Jim Bouton—as children we grow up holding baseball cards, but that in the end, we realize it’s really the other way around.

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    Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker

    Cardboard Gods

    8.5 hrs • 8/15/10 • Unabridged
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    10.4 hrs • 3/12/2009 • Unabridged

    From the humble heights of a Class-A pitcher’s mound to the deflating lows of sleeping on his gun-toting grandmother’s air mattress, veteran reliever Dirk Hayhurst steps out of the bullpen to deliver the best pitch of his career—a raw and unflinching account of his life in the minor leagues. Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel or absorbing the gentle mockery of some not-quite-starstruck schoolchildren, Hayhurst reveals a side of baseball—and life—rarely seen on television. Upon its release, The Bullpen Gospels became a New York Times bestseller; and with comparisons to Jim Boutons’s Ball Four, The Bullpen Gospels is slated to be a classic of the genre.

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    The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst

    The Bullpen Gospels

    10.4 hrs • 3/12/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.7 hrs • 10/15/2008 • Unabridged

    Was there ever a year in golf like 1960? It was the year that the sport and its vivid personalities exploded on the consciousness of the nation, when the past, present, and future of the game collided. Television, still a new medium, provided a fresh window to the show and enabled this “rich man’s sport” to win over millions of new fans. Here was Arnold Palmer, the working man’s hero, “sweating, chain-smoking, shirt-tail flying,” and winning, it seemed, every tournament with a last-second charge. Ben Hogan, the greatest player of the 1950s, was Palmer’s opposite, a perfectionist battling the twin demons of age and nerves. And making his debut in the big time was a chunky, crew-cut college kid who seemed to have the makings of a champion--twenty-year-old Jack Nicklaus. Would Palmer win the mythical Grand Slam of golf? Could Hogan win one more major tournament? Was Nicklaus the real thing? Even more than an intimate portrait of these men and their exciting times, The Eternal Summer is also an entertaining, perceptive, and hypnotically readable exploration of professional golf in America.

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    The Eternal Summer by Curt Sampson

    The Eternal Summer

    8.7 hrs • 10/15/08 • Unabridged
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    1.8 hrs • 8/30/2008 • Unabridged

    Stories from the National Public Radio archives honor America’s national pastime. Peabody-winning Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan presents tales about the big leagues and the little, the fans in the stands, the players, the history, and the lore.Highlights include commentaries from some of the game’s most recognized authorities, a look back at some of baseball’s most important figures (Jackie Robinson, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio), and colorful segments about the game’s unexpected delights, from the Hidden Ball Trick to the “All You Can Eat” option at Dodger Stadium. What is a Driveway MomentSM? Maybe it’s happened to you as it has to countless others. . . . You’re driving home, listening to a story on NPR. Suddenly, you find yourself in your driveway (or parking space or parking garage). Rather than turn the radio off, you stay in your car to hear the piece to the end. It’s a Driveway Moment. The NPR Driveway Moments Series collects these “best of” stories so that you are never more than a “play” away from a Driveway Moment.

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    Baseball

    Produced by NPR
    Hosted by Neal Conan
    Performed by a full cast
    1.8 hrs • 8/30/08 • Unabridged
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  14. 5.0 hrs • 7/1/2008 • Unabridged

    What does it take to be a real team player, especially in a society that glorifies selfishness and a corporate culture that often uses “team player” as a buzzword but rewards only the showboaters and prima donnas? Well, You Can Observe a Lot by Watching. In this happy and hilarious guide to teamwork, sportsmanship, and winning, Yogi Berra draws on the timeless wisdom handed down by example from ballplayers who came before him to inspire you to make the right choices and become not only a better team player—at sports, at work, and in life—but a better person. Filled with colorful stories from his life and career, not to mention the down-to-earth wit and insight that Yogi fans love, You Can Observe a Lot by Watching shows you how to make a bad team good and a good team great.

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    You Can Observe a Lot by Watching

    By Yogi Berra, with Dave Kaplan
    Read by Dale Berra
    5.0 hrs • 7/1/08 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.3 hrs • 1/31/2008 • Unabridged

    Mike Shannon takes you behind the scenes into the ballpark, the clubhouse, and the minor leagues in this memorable collection of anecdotes about America’s pastime. Tales from the Ballpark contains more than 125 priceless stories from some of baseball’s greatest players and storytellers, including legendary Hall of Famers Ralph Kiner and Bob Gibson and modern-day stars Mo Vaughn and David Wells. Learn about Roberto Clemente’s chiropractic skills, a now-famous nun in Cleveland who bakes thousands of cookies for the Indians every year, the dangers of pitching batting practice to Gaylord Perry, and Billy Martin’s tacit protest against the American League’s subjective rating system for umpires. This entertaining and personal collection will delight fans for many years to come.

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    Tales from the Ballpark by Mike Shannon

    Tales from the Ballpark

    5.3 hrs • 1/31/08 • Unabridged
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  16. 5.7 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    Christy “Matty” Mathewson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the “Five Immortals,” he was an unstoppable force on the mound, winning at least twenty-two games for twelve straight seasons and pitching three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series. Pitching in a Pinch, originally published in 1912, is an insider’s account of the world of baseball, blending anecdote, biography, instruction, and social history. Always sensitive to psychology as well as technique, Mathewson describes the game as it was played in the first decade of the twentieth century: the “dangerous batters”;  the “peculiarities” of big-league pitchers; the “good and bad” of coaching, umpiring, sign-stealing, base-running, and spring training; and the importance of superstition to athletes. Baseball fans will enjoy first-hand accounts of Mathewson’s famous contemporaries, including players Honus Wagner and Rube Marquand, managers like John McGraw and Connie Mack, and many others, and will learn how much—and just how little—has really changed in one hundred years. 

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    Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson

    Pitching in a Pinch

    5.7 hrs • 1/1/07 • Unabridged
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