Doug's Business of Baseball Bookstore

Except for the books identified as Pre-Orders, every book listed here is one which (1) I've read and can honestly recommend, and (2) is currently in print.

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Business of Baseball Books
Economics and Law
Stadium Finance
Histories with an economic emphasis
Baseball and Other Sports

Economics and Law (listed in reverse chronological order)

Josh Lewin, Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings (2003) (especially recommended for those who may want to work for a minor league team)

Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003)

Andrew Zimbalist, May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy (2003)

Charles P. Korr, The End of Baseball As We Knew It: The Players Union, 1960-81 (2002)

Paul D. Staudohar, ed., Diamond Mines : Baseball & Labor (2000)

Roger I. Abrams, The Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration (2000)

Jerold J. Duquette, Regulating the National Pastime: Baseball and Antitrust (1999)

Roger I. Abrams, Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (1998)

Daniel R. Marburger, ed., Stee-Rike Four! What's Wrong with the Business of Baseball? (1997)

Brent Kelley, Baseball's Biggest Blunder: The Bonus Rule of 1953-1957 (1996)

Paul D. Staudohar, Playing for Dollars: Labor Relations and the Sports Business (3d ed. 1996)

John Fizel et al., eds., Baseball Economics: Current Research (1996)

Spencer Weber Waller et al., eds., Baseball and the American Legal Mind (1995)

Arthur T. Johnson, Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development (1995)

Andrew Zimbalist, Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Business of Our National Pastime (updated edition 1994)

Paul M. Sommers, ed., Diamonds Are Forever: The Business of Baseball (1992)

Out of print, but recommended:

John Helyar, Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball (1994)
Gerald W. Scully, The Business of Major League Baseball (1989)

Biographies (listed in alphabetical order)

PRE-ORDER: Larry Moffi, The Conscience of the Game: Baseball's Commissioners from Landis to Selig (due August 2004)

Bryan Di Salvatore, A Clever Base-Ballist : The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward

Bowie K. Kuhn, Hardball : The Education of a Baseball Commissioner (recommended for all the wrong reasons...)

David Pietrusza, Judge and Jury : The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis

David Stevens, Baseball's Radical for All Seasons (John M. Ward)

Out of print, but recommended:

Marvin Miller, A Whole Different Ball Game: The Sport and Business of Baseball (1991)

Stadium Finance (listed in alphabetical order)

Joanna R. Cagan and Neil deMause, Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit...

Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist, Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums

Mark S. Rosentraub, Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It

Broader histories with an economic emphasis (alphabetical order)

Robert F. Burk, Never Just a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball to 1920

Robert F. Burk, Much More Than a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball Since 1921

Henry D. Fetter, Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903 to 2003

Patrick Harrigan, Detroit Tigers: Club and Community, 1945-1995

Leonard Koppett, Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball

James Edward Miller, The Baseball Business: Pursuing Pennants and Profits in Baltimore

David Nemec, The Beer and Whisky League: The Illustrated History of the American Association, Baseball's Renegade Major League

Harold Parrott, The Lords of Baseball

Harold Seymour, Baseball: The Early Years

Harold Seymour, Baseball: The Golden Age

Len Sherman, Big League, Big Time: The Birth of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Dean A. Sullivan, Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908

Dean A. Sullivan, Middle Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1900-1948

Dean A. Sullivan, Late Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1945-1972

Art Thiel, Out of Left Field : How the Mariners Made Baseball Fly in Seattle

David Q. Voigt, The League That Failed (1890s NL)

David Q. Voigt, American Baseball: From Gentleman's Sport to the Commissioner System

David Q. Voigt, American Baseball: From the Commissioners to Continental Expansion

David Q. Voigt, American Baseball: From Postwar Expansion to the Electronic Age

G. Edward White, Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953

Baseball and Other Sports (alphabetical order)

John Fizel et al., eds., Sports Economics: Current Research

Stephen R. Lowe, The Kid on the Sandlot: Congress and Professional Sports, 1910-1992

James P. Quirk and Rodney D. Fort, Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports

James P. Quirk and Rodney D. Fort, Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports

Richard G. Sheehan, Keeping Score: The Economics of Big-Time Sports

Paul D. Staudohar, Playing for Dollars: Labor Relations in the Sports Business

Paul Weiler, Leveling the Playing Field : How the Law Can Make Sports Better for Fans

Not Baseball-Related At All, But Highly Recommended

Joseph M. Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. Not for high school or entering college students -- this book is designed to teach grad students and professionals how to communicate complex ideas clearly, concisely and coherently. If you or someone you know suffers from a bureaucratic prose style, this is the antidote.

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