It may have been delayed by a pandemic, but you can’t keep baseball down forever. The season officially kicked off at the end of July this year, with a few crucial changes. Most significantly, there will be no fans in the stands, and the season will be shortened to a mere 60 games. But in a time when any sense of normalcy is something to cling to, baseball is back!
While attending a game in person is not an option this season, you can recreate the feeling a bit with a number of books and movies that take you out to the ball game. Glove, ball, and giant foam finger – optional.
- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
- Calico Joe by John Grisham
- Summerland by Michael Chabon
- Bucky F*cking Dent by David Duchovny
- 7 : The Mickey Mantle novel by Peter Golenbock
- Dirty Water : a Red Sox mystery by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Jere Smith
- October 1964 by David Halberstam
- The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told, edited and with an introduction by Jeff Silverman
- Baseball : an illustrated history by Geoffrey C. Ward
- I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back : 30 games in 30 days on the best worst baseball road trip ever by Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster
- 108 Stitches : loose threads, ripping yarns, and the darndest characters from my time in the game by Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner
- The Teammates by David Halberstam
- Rickey & Robinson : the true, untold story of the integration of baseball by Roger Kahn