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Grab a Copy Why We Love Baseball By Joe Posnanski Dutton 400 pages We may earn a commission when you buy products through the links on our site. Buy Book Amazon Barnes & Noble Books a Million Bookshop
Two years ago, the sportswriter Joe Posnanski published “The Baseball 100,” in which he attempted to rank the game’s greatest players. Mr. Posnanski puts his encyclopedic knowledge on display again in “Why We Love Baseball,” a history built around 50 individual moments. Many selections are World Series classics: Reggie Jackson’s three home runs on three pitches in 1977; Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956; Bill Buckner’s 10th-inning error in 1986. Moment No. 35 is José Bautista’s epic bat flip after hitting a dramatic go-ahead home run during the 2015 playoffs. “He threw the bat with his left hand,” Mr. Posnanski writes, “and it soared through the air, and I’m not entirely sure it has landed still.” The most recent entry is the showdown between Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in the final at-bat of this year’s World Baseball Classic. For those looking to share the magic of the past and the star power of today with a young baseball fan in their life—or an older one—Mr. Posnanski’s book would be a can’t-miss gift.
Grab a Copy Kingdom Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs, and How a Once Swingin’ Cow Town Chased the Ultimate Comeback By Mark Dent and Rustin Dodd Dutton 400 pages We may earn a commission when you buy products through the links on our site. Buy Book Amazon Barnes & Noble Books a Million Bookshop
The Kansas City Chiefs became a powerhouse well before tight end Travis Kelce and singer Taylor Swift got together. Led by two-time MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the team has made it to three Super Bowls over the past four years, winning two of them. Mr. Mahomes has a superlative arm as well as a remarkable ability to scramble and make audacious throws on the move. His dominance provides a starting point for Mark Dent and Rustin Dodd’s “Kingdom Quarterback,” which interweaves Mr. Mahomes’s career with a history of Kansas City. The lively sports narrative and illuminating urban history are somewhat awkwardly woven together, but this is much more than your average football book.

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