It's Opening Day tomorrow, which means not only games to watch but new baseball books to read.
'Derek Jeter: From the Pages of The New York Times'
Edited by Tyler Kepner
'The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter'
By Ian O'Connor
Love him or hate him, Derek Jeter is apparently too big for just one book. Kepner's tome mines the Gray Lady's more than 5,000 articles for this oversized collection. O'Connor's book is a more traditional biography of the shortstop.
By Charley Rosen
The Bronx sportswriter jumps into the Yankees bullpen (featuring super-stud Mariano Rivera) and traces the evolution of the relief pitcher. With a slew of interviews, Rosen investigates some of the more eccentric pitchers in the bullpen as well as the demands of closing, and takes a look back - and forward - at the Yankees' relief staff.
'56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports'
By Kostya Kennedy
Thought to be one of the truly impossible records to beat, Joltin' Joe DiMaggio's unbelievable 56-game hit streak is analyzed in this new book that investigates not only the baseball aspect of it, but its place in the world during the summer of 1941.
By Jimmy Breslin
In this slim biography, celebrated journalist Jimmy Breslin chronicles the career of Branch Rickey, the former president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Among his other achievements, Rickey was responsible for breaking baseball's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the team in 1947.
'The Extra 2%'
By Jonah Keri
Keri's book is an in-depth look at how the lowly Tampa Bay Rays went from a stinker of a team to a pennant winner after a pair of Goldman Sachs alumni built a winner using their business know-how.
'Solid Fool's Gold: Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom'
By Bill James
The always insightful and groundbreaking baseball writer returns with a new book in which he opines on such topics as clutch pitching, the minor leagues, RBIs, expansion and a plethora of other subjects that will get the stat geeks talking.
'Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers'
By Dan Raley
Through the prism of the Rainiers - a minor-league team that existed in various forms from 1903 to 1906 and 1919 to 1968 - Raley delves into the growth of West Coast baseball. He also highlights the famous names connected with the team, from Babe Ruth to Rogers Hornsby.
'21: The Story of Roberto Clemente'
By Wildred Santiago
The biography of legendary Pittsburgh Pirates MVP outfielder Clemente is a bit different from what you've seen before: It's a graphic novel. Santiago - who, like Clemente, is Puerto Rican - creates a wonderfully drawn life-spanning story of the beloved Hall of Famer.
By Armando Galarraga, Jim Joyce and Daniel Paisner
On June 2, 2010, a blown call by umpire James Joyce ruined Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga's perfect game. In "Nobody's Perfect," the two reunite to tell the story of that fateful day.
Other favorite classic baseball books
• "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton and Leonard Shecter
• "Veeck as in Wreck: An Autobiography of Bill Veeck" by Bill Veeck and Ed Linn
• "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" by Jane Leavy
• "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" by Michael Lewis
• "Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most
• "Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League" by Sam Walker
• "The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract" by Bill James