- Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles – published April 21, 2015 – by Ed Lucas
- The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy – published July 21, 2015 – by Filip Bondy
- Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius – published April 7, 2015 – by Bill Pennington
Each one of these is different. But, they are all excellent and I highly recommend reading each one of them.
The Lucas book is an amazing story. It’s a book for readers of any age. Yankees fans born before (say) 1973 probably know about Lucas – thanks to listening to the Scooter talk about him. But, you have to read this book and learn about his incredible life. Of course, it’s full of baseball stuff. Phenomenal man. Fascinating journey. Just a wonderful read.
The Pine Tar Game is flat out fun. It’s more than just the game – it’s backstories galore. Some of those are great trips down memory lane. Others are new to most and super-illuminating. Bondy takes you down a bunch of different roads with this one and each trip as a great story. Great baseball history stuff in this one as well.
Pennington’s biography of Martin is a much bigger book than the other two reads. But, it’s the real deal. Think Jane Leavy’s “The Last Boy,” or Leigh Montville’s “The Big Bam” or James Hirsch’s book on Willie Mays. Without question, this book will go down in history as THE BOOK on Billy Martin. And, it’s a great one. You will not want to put it down once you start it.
You can’t go wrong with any of these books. They are the three best baseball books that I have read this year. If you haven’t read any of these yet, check them out. Again, they’re different types of books – compared to each other. But, they’re all great.