We at Atomic Books have caught baseball fever this year.
Granted, given the track record of our hometeam, the Orioles, over the last several years, you'd think it would be hard to do, but some great baseball books have come out that have made it impossible for us to not get excited. So excited, in fact, that we've managed to convince ourselves that maybe, just maybe, the O's have a chance this year.
And even if they don't, we can always just read these (while rooting against the Yankees, of course):
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime by by Jason Turbow / Michael Duca
Here old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game’s most hallowed—and least known—traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining.
The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches
by Zack Hample
The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. Hample's book is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.
Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias J. Moskowitz / L. Jon Werthem
University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost
Also coming soon is the graphic novel biography, 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago.
And finally, I've also signed on to the awesome baseball blog Bugs & Cranks as the art director. We're redesigning the site and I'm bringing in a lot of cartoonist friends to illustrate the blog posts. The redesign will launch on opening day.