Why We Love Baseball - Joe Posnanski

Why We Love Baseball

By Joe Posnanski

  • Release Date: 2023-09-05
  • Genre: Baseball
Score: 4.5
From 35 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES bestseller
Winner of the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year

#1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski is back with a masterful ode to the game: a countdown of 50 of the most memorable moments in baseball’s history, to make you fall in love with the sport all over again.

Posnanski writes of major moments that created legends, and of forgotten moments almost lost to time. It's Willie Mays’s catch, Babe Ruth’s called shot, and Kirk Gibson’s limping home run; the slickest steals; the biggest bombs; and the most triumphant no-hitters. But these are also moments raw with the humanity of the game, the unheralded heroes, the mesmerizing mistakes drenched in pine tar, and every story, from the immortal to the obscure, is told from a unique perspective. Whether of a real fan who witnessed it, or the pitcher who gave up the home run, the umpire, the coach, the opposing player—these are fresh takes on moments so powerful they almost feel like myth.
Posnanski’s previous book, The Baseball 100, portrayed the heroes and pioneers of the sport, and now, with his trademark wit, encyclopedic knowledge, and acute observations, he gets at the real heart of the game. From nineteenth-century pitchers’ duels to breaking the sport’s color line in the ’40s, all the way to the greatest trick play of the last decade and the slide home that became a meme, Posnanski’s illuminating take allows us to rediscover the sport we love—and thought we knew.
Why We Love Baseball is an epic that ends too soon, a one-of-a-kind love letter to the sport that has us thrilled, torn, inspired, and always wanting more.


  • Rekindles Why The Game Is So Special

    By RiderAce
    Fantastic and fun read. From the moments during one’s life that occurred (and we possibly forgot) to historical oddities that I never knew - this book has it all and had me longing for more. I found myself looking up videos of many of the modern era plays listed herein and they amaze to this day. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and yes - I truly enjoy this great game.
  • Errors, errors, errors

    By Hungry for weather
    The book is full of mistakes and just poor editing. Example: it states that Alex Rodriquez is in the Hall of Fame. He is not.