Baseball Books ~ Oral Histories
Oral Histories (stories told by the players)
The Glory Of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It ~ Lawrence S Ritter
A true classic, this book gives you a flavour on the game as it was played a century ago. The edition I fell in love with wasn’t the text edition but the audio version. It is a joy to hear the voices of those men who played the game.
The Only Game In Town: Baseball Stars of the 1930s and 1940s Talk About The Game They Loved ~ Fay Vincent
This volume features interviews with Elden Auker, Bob Feller, Tommy Henrich, Buck O’Neill, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Warren Spahn, Larry Doby, Ralph Kiner and Monte Irvin. A fascinating read from these great ballplayers.
We Would Have Played For Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk About The Game They Loved ~ Fay Vincent
It’s What’s Inside The Lines That Counts: Baseball Stars of the 1970s and 1980s Talk About The Game They Loved ~ Fay Vincent
This volume features interviews with Willie, McCovey, Juan Marichal, Dick Williams, Earl Weaver, Tom Seaver, Don Baylor, Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jnr., Bruce Froemming and Marvin Miller. Another fine collection of interviews, my favourite where to two final ones; the umpire and the Union representative. Both are somewhat unsung heroes with interesting stories to tell.
In a similar style to The Glory Of Their Times, former baseball commissioner, Fay Vincent, has written three excellent books, these are worthy successors to Lawrence Ritter’s masterpiece.
We Played The Game: 65 Players Remember Baseball’s Greatest Era: 1947 – 1964 ~ Edited by Danny Peary
A chronological approach to an oral history, , the extracts here are shorter but you get a feel for that particular year.