This class will be available online for those interested. If you have a passion for baseball and wish to enroll, contract the Office of Lifelong Learning. The course will examine the history of the game, the impact baseball had on shaping America, and more important, how cultural and social norms have influenced the game too.

Select Bibliography the History of Baseball

  • Aaron, Hank. I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story. New York: Harper, 1991.
  • Achorn, Edward. The Summer of Beer and Whiskey. Washington: Public Affairs Books, 2013.
  • Asinof, Elliot. Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. Boston: Henry Holt, 1963.
  • Alexander, Charles C. Our Game: An American Baseball History. New York: MJF, 1991.
  • ____. Ty Cobb. New York: Oxford, 1984.
  • ____. John McGraw. New York: Viking, 1988.
  • Banner, Stuart. The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption. New York: Oxford, 2013.
  • Ben Cramer, Richard. Joe Dimaggo: The Hero's Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Bradlee, Ben Jr. The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Boston: Little, Brown, 2013.
  • Biegel, Brian. Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World. New York: Crown, 2009.
  • Breslin, Jimmy. Branch Rickey. New York: Viking, 2011.
  • Bryant, Howard. Jucing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball. New York: Plume, 2006.
  • Chalberg, John C. Rickey and Robinson: The Preacher, the Player, and America's Game. Wheeling, Ill: Harlan Davidson, 2000.
  • Creamer, Robert W. Baseball ’41: A Celebration of the Best Baseball Season Ever – In the Year America Went to War. New York: Viking, 1991.
  • ____. Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.
  • ____. Stengel: His Life and Times. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska, 1996.
  • D'Antonio, Michael. Forever Blue: The Story of Walter O'Malley. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.
  • Di Salvatore, Bryan. A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery War. Baltimore: John Hopkins, 1999.
  • Eig, Jonathan. Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
  • ____. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
  • Fleming, G. H. The Unforgettable Season. New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1981.
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Wait Till Next Year. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • Gregory, Robert. Diz: The History of Dizzy Dean and Baseball During the Great Depression. New York: Viking, 1992.
  • Halberstam, David. Summer of ’49. New York: Perennial, 2002.
  • ____. Teammates. New York: Hyperion, 2003.
  • ____. October 1964. New York: Ballatine Books, 1995.
  • Heidenry, John. The Gashouse Gang. Washington, DC: Public Affairs, 2007.
  • Kahn, Roger. The Boys of Summer. New York: Perennial, 2000.
  • ____. October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the Yankees’ Miracle Finish in 1978. New York: Harcourt, 2003.
  • Kaufman, Louis. Moe Berg: Athlete, Scholar, Spy. New York: Ballantine Books, 1976.
  • King, Kevin. All the Stars Came Out That Night: A Novel. New York: Plume/Penguin, 2006.
  • Kinsella, W. P. Shoeless Joe. New York: Mariner Books, 1999.
  • Kurlansky, Hank Greenberg: The Hero Wo Didn't Want to Be One. New Haven: Yale, 2011.
  • Lanctot, Neil. Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011.
  • Levine, Peter. A. G. Spaulding and the Rise of Baseball. New York: Oxford, 1985.
  • Long, Michael, ed. Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2013.
  • Madden, Bill. 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstares Changed Major League Baseball Forever. New York: Da Capo, 2014.
  • Malamud, Bernard. The Natural. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1952.
  • Mantle, Merlyn, Mickey, Jr. et. al. A Hero All His Life. HarperCollins, 1996.
  • Mathewson, Christy. Pitching in a Pinch: Baseball from the Inside. New York: Penguin Classics, 2013.
  • Monteville, Leigh. The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth. Garden City: Doubleday, 2006.
  • Moore, Gary W. Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams. New York: Savas Beatie, 2006.
  • Murphy, Cait. Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, an Magnets Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History. New York: Smithsonian Book/Collins, 2007.
  • O'Neil, Buck. I Was Right on Time: My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.
  • Pearlman, Jeff. The Rocket that Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the Race for Baseball Immortality. New York: Harpers, 2009
  • Posnanski, Joe. The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America. New York: Morrow, 2007.
  • Prager, Joshua. The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thompson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World. New York: Pantheon, 2006.
  • Rader, Benjamin G. Baseball: A History of America's Game. Urbana: Illinois, 2002.
  • Rampersad, Arnold. Jackie Robinson: A Biography. New York: Knopf, 1997.
  • Roberts, Salena. A-Rod: The Many Lives Alex Rodriquez. New York: Harper, 2009.
  • Robinson, Ray. Iron Horse: Lou Gerhig in His Time. New York: W. W. Norton, 1990.
  • Ritter, Lawrence S. The Glory of Their Times: The Story of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It. New York: Perennial, 1992.
  • Shapiro, Michael. Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Ricky, Casey Stangel and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball. Times, 2009.
  • Stump, Al. Cobb: A Biography. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1996.
  • Thomas, Henry W. Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train. Washington, DC: Phnom, 1995.
  • Thorn, John. Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011.
  • Tosches, Nick. King of the Jews. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. [Bio of Arnold Rothstein, the man who "fixed" the 1919 World Series]
  • Tye, Larry. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend. New York: Random House, 2010.
  • Tygiel, Jules. Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy. New York: Oxford, 1983.
  • Vecsey, George. Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game. New York: Modern American Library, 2006.
  • Weintraub, Robert. The House that Ruth Built. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.