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Let’s Go Read: The Soul of Baseball

To settle the tie, I had to go with Soul

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For the second time in the brief existence of this little book club you fine voters have split on what we should read. Will the polarization of our country never cease?!

In all seriousness, I understand the split because I also want to read all these books. Alas, too many books and too little time. In making my decision between Tyler Kepner’s K and Joe Posnanski’s The Soul of Baseball, I relied on our comment section, where fellow Let’s Go Tribe scribe Matt Schlichting very kindly requested we read The Soul of Baseball together. He said “Pretty, pretty please” and even used the comma correctly, y’all.

I’m excited about this book based on my familiarity with JoePos’ work, the fact that it won the 2007 CASEY award for best baseball book, and because of the topic. I love the history of Negro League baseball, and every Buck O’Neill story I’ve read previously has captured my attention and my heart. As always, I recommend you check out your local library or a local independent book seller first when procuring a copy to read. Or, if you can’t get to Kansas City in the very near future, you can also buy a copy of the book direct from the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and support their mission. Other worthwhile retailers include nonprofit used booksellers like Better World Books or Orphan’s Treasure Box. Failing that, the big box stores have you covered as well, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Alright, that’s it. Get reading, friends. Let’s gather round the ol’ computer screen again in early February to discuss, shall we?