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The return of Viva el Libros - A Hunt and Peck

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St. Louis Baseball Player Orlando Cepeda Reading Newspaper

Baseball is over and the cold dread of winter is breathing a chill down our necks. In the past, to pass the time we launched Viva el Libros. I enjoyed reading some baseball books with you all and I think other folks enjoyed it as well. This winter we are gonna try to bring it back!

The Offseason Book Club will officially begin December 1 and will run through February 29. That is three months for three books. I have some ideas for what I think we should read, but of course I am open to suggestions.

For December the book I am considering is The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by by Lawrence S. Ritter. As the preface states, this book — published in 1966 — is about the early days of baseball. After the death of Ty Cobb, Ritter realized the pioneers of baseball were growing older and set out to interview them. This historical read seems like a good place to kick of the offseason.

January should be focused on fiction, I think, so far that I was thinking a book like The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Harbach reportedly worked on the novel for ten years before it was published in 2011. The book seems triumphant, tragic, and a bit sad, making it a lovely choice for a dreary January.

No baseball book club would be complete without some Roger Angell so for February my plan was to wrap things up with Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader. It is a collection of some of Angell’s best work. With Spring Training starting, this seems like a good way to break back into the swing of things.

These are just my ideas, though. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Previous Viva el Libros:

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game by Edward Achorn
Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
October 1964 by David Halberstam

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