My Oh My! It’s finally time!

Baseball season is finally underway at Safeco Field. King Felix hits the mound tomorrow night, we have the biggest HD video screen in the nation, and the smell of garlic fries is in the air.

In my opinion, we have the best fans in America!

Refresh your knowledge of baseball history

However, I don’t want you to get too restless between games, and I highly recommend brushing up on your baseball history. Roger Kahn’s classic, The Boys of Summer, recreates the magic of the Brooklyn Dodgers, one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair GameNo fan should carry on without reading Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, “the single most influential baseball book ever” (Rob Neyer, Slate). If nothing else, watch the movie!

Speaking of movies, you really should have also already seen Ken Burn’s 11-hour documentary, Baseball. I see a marathon in your future!

Revel in the magic of the game

There are so many authors who love America’s favorite pastime and have translated this love into magical tales about the game.

The newest baseball-centered novel is Butterfly Winter by W. P. Kinsella. You may recognize this author from his classic Shoeless Joe, the basis for the movie Field of Dreams.

Butterfly Winter In Butterfly Winter, readers follow the story of twins, Julio and Esteban Pimental, born in the Caribbean and destined to play ball in America. As the boys carry out their fate they mature quickly as they are immersed into the often dysfuctional world of baseball.

With an ecclectic cast of characters, Kinsella creates “a magical literary romp” sure to grab the heart of any fan of the game.

Other great baseball reads to try:

The Art of FieldingThe Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's AmericaSugarThe NaturalThe Boys of Summer

For more reading and viewing suggestions click here.

Special thanks to our resident expert, Erich Dewald, for suggesting his favorite baseball titles, making the list more comprehensive.

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