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The following is a selected bibliography of baseball titles. See the Starting Points page, especially its bibliography section, to identify additional publications on all aspects of baseball.


Benson, Michael. Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards, and Stadiums, 1845 to Present. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1989. [catalog record]

Dickson, Paul. The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2009. [catalog record]

Lowry, Philip J. Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 271 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co, 1992. [catalog record]

Major League Baseball. The Baseball Encyclopedia. New York, N.Y: Macmillan, 1969. [catalog record]

Nemec, David. The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Major League Baseball. 2nd ed. Tuscaloosa, Ala: University of Alabama Press, 2006. [catalog record]

Okkonen, Marc. Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century: The Official Major League Baseball Guide. New York, N.Y: Sterling Pub. Co, 1991. [catalog record]

Shannon, Bill. The Ballparks. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1975. [catalog record]

Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. United States: Krause Publications, 1988. [catalog record]

Baseball Origins/Early History

Block, David. Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. [catalog record]

Henderson, Robert W. Baseball and Rounders. New York: The New York Public Library, 1939. [Reprinted from the April 1929 issue of Bulletin of the New York Public Library (full text here). A supplement, "Baseball: The Earliest Known Rules," appears in the July 1940 issues of Bulletin of the New York Public Library (full text here)].

Morris, Peter. But Didn't We have Fun? An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2008. [catalog record]

Thorn, John. Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. [catalog record]


Alexander, Charles C. Ty Cobb. Dallas, Tex: Southern Methodist University Press, 2006. [catalog record]

Creamer, Robert W. Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. 1st ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. [catalog record]

Lowenfish, Lee. Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. [catalog record]

Snyder, Brad. A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports. New York: Viking, 2006. [catalog record]

Veeck, Bill. Veeck as in Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck. University of Chicago Press ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. [catalog record]

Negro Leagues

Peterson, Robert. Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams. New York: Gramercy Books, 1999. [catalog record]

White, Sol. Sol White's History of Colored Base Ball, with Other Documents on the Early Black Game, 1886-1936. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. [catalog record]

Oral Histories

Black Diamonds: Life in the Negro Leagues from the Men Who Lived It. New York, NY: Stadium Books, 1991. [catalog record]

Holway, John. Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues. 1st ed. New York: Da Capo Press, 1992. [catalog record]

Ritter, Lawrence S. The Image of Their Greatness: An Illustrated History of Baseball from 1900 to the Present. 3rd ed. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1992. [catalog record]

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It. New enl. ed. New York: W. Morrow, 1984. [catalog record]

Vincent, Fay. The Only Game in Town: Baseball Stars of the 1930s and 1940s Talk About the Game They Loved. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. [catalog record]

---. We Would Have Played for Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk About the Game They Loved. 1st ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. [catalog record]


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