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Baseball Books at the NYS Library

October 2017

The State Library's October exhibit on baseball books opens just in time for the start of playoffs and the lead-up to the World Series.



Middle display case, with large-format books on baseball

The center display case features some larger-size books. The emphasis is on visual style, versus the text-based approach of smaller books. There are art books, books with postcards, and museum exhibits. Large-format books are found in our CQ stacks.

  • Astor, Gerald. The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book. New York, New York: Prentice Hall, 1988.
    NYSL Call Number: CQ 796.3570973, A858, 89-32805.
  • National Geographic Society. Baseball As America. Washington, DC: Author, 2002.
    NYSL Call Number: CQ 796.35709, B299, 203-2102.
  • Rodriguez, Freddy. America's Pastime. Newark, New Jersey: Newark Museum, 2006. 
    NYSL Call Number: CQ 709.2, R696, 212-2397.
  • Thorn, John. The Glory Days. New York, New York: Museum of the City of New York, 2007.
    NYSL Call Number: CQ 796.35709, G562, 207-7870.


Left display case, with more recent books about baseball.

This case features newer books on baseball from the C-stacks. There is a constant output of baseball memoir, fiction, and analysis, from players, fans, scholars, and journalists.

This display case also featured a reproduction of a broadside in Manuscripts and Special Collections advertising a women's team appearing at the 1891 Lewis County (NY) Fair (BRO5144+, Champions of the World, 70th Annual Fair and Exposition of the Lewis Co. Agricultural Society, September 15-18, 1891).

  • Hynd, Noel. The Giants of the Polo Grounds. New York, New York: Doubleday, 1988. 
    NYSL Call Number: C 796.3576409, H997, 8854844.
  • Keetz, Frank. "Doff Your Caps to the Champions!"—Schenectady! Schenectady, New York: F.M. Keetz, 1984. 
    NYSL Call Number: C 796.3576409, K26, 85-36704.
  • McGee, Bob. The Greatest Ballpark Ever. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rivergate, 2005. 
    NYSL Call Number: C 796.35706, M145, 205-9125.
  • Poillucci, Joseph. Baseball in Duchess County. Danbury, Connecticut: Rutledge, 2000. 
    NYSL Call Number: C 796.35709, P749, 201-12861.
  • Pollock, Alan. Barnstorming to Heaven. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University Press, 2006. 
    NYSL Call Number: C 338.76179, P777, 207-2507.
  • Voigt, David. American Baseball, Volume II. State College, Pennsylvania: University Press, 1983.
    NYSL Call Number: C 796.357, V891, v.2.


Right display case, with older books on baseball

Older books, from our Z Stacks, are found in this display: antique jokes, who's who guides, statistics, and instructions—from the days before you could look it up on the internet.

The poster in the center is a reproduction of another 19th century broadside, this one advertising two coming games for a local upstate NY team. (BRO5242+, Lowville vs. Boonville, Saturday, Aug. 14: Oneida vs. Boonville, Monday, Aug. 16).

  • Einstein, Charles, ed. The Fireside Book of Baseball. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956. 
    NYSL Call Number: Z 796.357, E35.
  • Feller, Bob. How to Pitch. New York, New York: A.S. Barnes, 1948.
    NYSL Call Number: Z 796.357, F31.
  • Howard, Elston. Catching. New York, New York: Viking, 1966. 
    NYSL Call Number: Z 796.35723, H848.
  • Koppett, Leonard. The New York Mets: The Whole Story. New York, New York: Macmillan, 1970. 
    NYSL Call Number: Z 796.35764, K83.
  • Marichal, Juan. A Pitcher's Story. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1967.
    NYSL Call Number: Z 796.35722, ZM3M3.
  • Regan, Jack. Around the World With the Baseball Bugs.  Chicago, Illinois: J. Regan, 1910.
    NYSL Call Number: Z 796.357 R333.

Exhibit curated by Michael Meyer.

Last Updated: November 2, 2021