1. Baseball (DK Eyewitness Books)
The book covers the Major Leagues, minor leagues, Negro Leagues, college baseball, women in baseball and baseball for kids.
Baseball includes 5 chapters that cover the field and equipment and chapters on pitching, catching, infield and outfield positions, batting and running the bases. Baseball cards, heroes, history, statistics and team contact information are also covered, as are the World Series and the annual baseball calendar.
I recommend Baseball for fans, from ages 8 to 14, as well as older teens and adults. DK Publishing has published an updated edition of Baseball every 5 years since 2000. The ISBN for the 2010 edition is 9780756659349. (Compare prices.)
2. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
With a foreword by baseball great Hank Aaron and 10 chapters, from 1st Inning: Beginnings to 9th Inning: Then Came Jackie Robinson, followed by the last chapter, Extra Innings: The End of the Negro Leagues, Kadir Nelson provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Negro Leagues, the players and those who created and ran the Negro Leagues, all within 78 pages.
In addition, in the remaining 10 pages are 2 lists, Negro Leaguers Who Made It to the Major Leagues and Negro Leaguers in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, an Author's Note in which Nelson discusses his research and his approach to the book, a bibliography, filmography, endnotes and an index, all of which enhance the book. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, published We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball in 2008. The ISBN is 9780786808328. (Compare prices.)
3. Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files: Baseball
In addition, it includes: 2 right fielders (Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners), 2 first basemen (Albert Pujois, Los Angeles Angels; Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds), 1 second baseman (Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox), 1 third baseman (Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays), 1 left fielder (Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers), and 1 shortstop (Jose Reyes, Miami Marlins).
Each player is highlighted in a six-page profile that includes lots of colorful action photographs, background information, trivia, statistics, and a 2-page Secrets to his Game section with a Player Analysis, a quotation from the player and specific advice on what the reader can do to play more like the featured professional player. I recommend this book for baseball players 10 and older who want to improve their playing, as well as for fans of baseball of all ages. Times Home Entertainment published Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files: Baseball in 2012. The ISBN is 9781603202381. (Compare prices.)
4. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
Etta ably handled team business and, despite initial resistance because she was a women, won the respect of the other team owners in the League. She genuinely cared about her team and was so supportive of the players that she became known as the team's "mother hen." When black players were accepted into the Major Leagues and the Negro Leagues began to falter, Etta worked to ensure that Negro League teams who lost players to the Major Leagues were properly compensated.
Years later, Etta Manley's letter-writing campaign to the National Baseball Hall of Fame helped to highlight the importance of including outstanding members of the Negro Leagues in the Hall. Over time, more and more of the baseball champions whom Etta had championed were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Etta Manley died in 1981, but her lasting importance to baseball, her civil rights work, her support for the players and for the Negro League teams, was recognized in 2006 when she was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins published the book in 2010. The ISBN of She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story is 9780061349201. Although the book, which Don Tate illustrated, is only 32 pages long, it covers a lot of material.Compare prices.
5. The Best of Everything Baseball Book (Sports Illustrated Kids)
Within each chapter, you'll find 2-page sections of related photographs and information. For example, in Chapter 2, Tremendous Teams, the Around the Majors section features segments about the American League (AL) East, AL Central and AL West, as well as the National League (NL) Central, NL West and NL East. The World Series Greats section features the 1907 Chicago Cub, the 1927 New York Yankees, the 1961 New York Yankees and the 1975 Cincinnati Cubs.
In addition, the Turn of the 21st Century Team section features some of those players regularly found at the annual All-Star Game. There is also a Worldly Competition section about the World Baseball Classic tournament and a Negro Leagues Dream Team section that highlights the history of the Negro Leagues and some of their best players, such as pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige.
Nate LeBoutillier is the author of The Best of Everything Baseball Book, a Sports Illustrated Kids book, which I recommend for ages 8 and older. Capstone Press published the book in 2011. The ISBN is 9781429662888. Compare prices.