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2015 World Series Champions: Kansas City Royals by Major League Baseball2015 World Series Champions: Kansas City Royals by Major League Baseball
Featuring full World Series and postseason recaps, exclusive photos, highlights from the regular season, player stats, behind-the-scenes interviews, and much more.

Taking the Crown: The Kansas City Royals' Amazing 2015 Season by Matt Fulks ; foreword by Dayton MooreTaking the Crown: The Kansas City Royals’ Amazing 2015 Season by Matt Fulks ; foreword by Dayton Moore
Packed with unique analysis from veteran Kansas City writer Matt Fulks and vivid color photography, Taking the Crown guides fans through the Royals’ amazing journey, from key off-season acquisitions to the Royals’ thrilling come-from-behind ALDS win versus the Astros, from their out-slugging of the powerful Blue Jays in the ALCS, all the way through their incredible World Series triumph over the Mets.

The Art of Fielding by Chad HarbachThe Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael LewisMoneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win… how can we not cheer for David?

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game by Edward AchornThe Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game by Edward Achorn
In The Summer of Beer and Whiskey, Edward Achorn re-creates this wondrous and hilarious world of cunning, competition, and boozing, set amidst a rapidly transforming America. It is a classic American story of people with big dreams, no shortage of chutzpah, and love for a brilliant game that they refused to let die.

Baseball's First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants and Kansas City Monarchs by Larry LesterBaseball’s First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants and Kansas City Monarchs by Larry Lester
This heavily illustrated volume provides a comprehensive account of the first championship series played between teams from two all-black professional leagues.

 

Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond by Jonathan WeeksMudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond by Jonathan Weeks
The most uncommon events in three centuries of baseball history are recounted here in glorious detail, beginning with the game’s earliest days when the rules were in their infancy, through the deadball years, right up to the 2013 season. The epic brawls, bizarre plays, and landmark achievements covered in this book will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

 

The Curious Case of Sidd Finch by George PlimptonThe Curious Case of Sidd Finch by George Plimpton
In April 1985, Sports Illustrated published an article that stunned the sports community. George Plimpton’s 13-page profile of Sidd Finch, a mysterious pitcher who had been signed by the New York Mets and reportedly threw 168 mph. A week later, SI apologized to readers around the world for their role in what is generally regarded as the greatest hoax in the history of sports journalism. After the success of the article, Plimpton decided to turn the story into a novel.