Top 5 (or 10) Best Baseball books?

Topic say's it all. Just curious what everyone who's interested in baseball has to say about their top books on baseball.

Moneyball. It has to be on the list because I'm completely uninterested in baseball, but the book had me from start to finish.

Ball Four
Bill James's Baseball Abstracts (the originals from the 80's)

Robert Whiting - You Gotta Have Wa

I hear this new novel The Art of Fielding is pretty swell.

Three Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger
Ball Four
Moneyball
Nine Innings by Daniel Okrent
Season Ticket by Roger Angell

Slumberland wrote:

I hear this new novel The Art of Fielding is pretty swell.

Thanks for the tip on this book.

Tim McCarvers Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans
Bunts
Men At Work

You'll thank me later. All excellent!

The Hidden Game of Baseball by Pete Thorn and Jim Pamer - the original (to my knowledge) book on sabermetrics, it's been surpassed over time but still fascinating
The New Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball by Leonard Koppett - dated now but I remember this one fondly
The Curse of the Bambino by Dan Shaughnessey - irrelevant since the Sox have won the WS twice, except as history. Going to college in Boston in the 80s, this book captured the angst of the town perfectly. And there's nothing more fun than bummed out Red Sox fans of that era
Moneyball

and a dopey novel:
If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock - the story is dopey but the baseball in it captures something special about the game; the last time I read it, I skipped most of the story stuff and just read the baseball scenes

The Glory of Their Times has to be on the list.

I also enjoyed The First Fall Classic.

Not prose, but I highly recommend James Sturm's comic The Golem's Mighty Swing.

Donan wrote:
Slumberland wrote:

I hear this new novel The Art of Fielding is pretty swell.

Thanks for the tip on this book.

I'm really enjoying this one. Did you pick it up?

The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball- the literal successor to the long out of print Hidden Game of Baseball. It covers modern sabermetric stats like wOBA and is in general just great at dispelling some of the misconceptions the more casual fan has about baseball with cold hard facts.

Moneyball- more for the history and story than anything else

And I'll second/third/whatever The Art of Fielding. Great debut novel that currently has me hooked.

EDIT: I'll add a few to make the 5 asked for:

Baseball Between the Numbers- by the Baseball Prospectus crew. Not a bad book, but The Book does a better job as long as you don't mind pages upon pages of tables and stats.

Mind Game: How the Boston Red Sox Got Smart, Won a World Series...- another winner from the Baseball Prospectus guys focusing on how the Sox built a a WS winning team with sabermetrics (and, of course, money)

Slumberland wrote:

I hear this new novel The Art of Fielding is pretty swell.

Same. I liked the excerpt I read recently in SI.

Some others:

Anything by Roger Angell

"Summerland" by Michael Chabon. It's YA Sci-Fi, but it's magical.

The opening chapter of Dom DeLillo's "Underworld"

"Ball Four" by Jim Bouton (mostly for its historic import)

"The Natural" by Bernard Malamud. A lot darker than the movie.

A short story appetizer: "The Silence Season of a Hero," Gay Talese's profile of Joe DiMaggio

Any of David Halberstam's baseball books.

pop58 wrote:

Any of David Halberstam's baseball books.

I was going to say, 'The Teammates', 'Summer of 49', etc... he is great for sports books.