Librarians Dave and Nate write mostly about books guys dig. Their reviews appeal to the sports enthusiasts or even to readers simply fascinated by stories of perseverance, leadership and competition. Dave likes to throw in a few history books for your enjoyment too. Their blog Uncommonly Good Books Read by Two Common Guys is published periodically on tscpl.org. If you’ve missed their previous posts, here’s a few we think you might like.
Do you enjoy books about underdogs? Then join Dave and Nate as they talk about the book, “One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season”, by Sports Illustrated writer Chris Ballard.
If you think you know your baseball trivia, then “Step Up to the Plate” this summer!
Ever have the urge to tour all of the Major League Baseball Stadiums? “The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip” is your guide!
Baseball’s perfect game is one of the rarest feats in all of sports. Join Nate as he discusses some of the interesting facts and figures associated with Major League Baseball’s perfect games, and shows just how rare, and random, they can be.
Recently at Kauffman Stadium the Kansas City Royals hosted “Pine Tar Night” as a promotion for one of their games. It’s safe to say that at least half the stadium probably wasn’t even alive for the Pine Tar Home Run or at least weren’t old enough to remember it when it happened. Occurring against the [...]
While John Grisham is best known for his legal thrillers, for the past 10 years he has branched out and written in several additional genres. He has written a Christmas book (Skipping Christmas), a book about football (Playing for Pizza), and even a children’s series (Theodore Boone). In his latest book, Calico Joe, Grisham takes [...]
As a sports fan growing up in Kansas, I went to plenty of Kansas City Royals games as a kid. I’m just old enough to remember Royals greats like George Brett, Bret Saberhagen, Frank White, and so on. (I don’t remember Amos Otis or Freddie Patek, sorry.) I remember actually expecting the Royals to contend [...]
Meet and get autographs from former big leaguers Mike Torrez and Ken Berry Wednesday, November 16 at Hy-Vee!
Bill James was a leader in rethinking the way Major League Baseball teams are put together. The new movie Moneyball is based upon the Michael Lewis book that looks at the way Billy Beane reshaped the small-market Oakland A’s using principles established by Bill James in order to compete with the wealthiest teams in the majors. The library is a great place to learn more about Bill James and his important work in reimagining the sport.
Derek Jeter has been the face of the New York Yankees for nearly two decades. Ian O’Connor’s new biography is an excellent read for any baseball fan. The book provides a fresh look at this Yankee great known simply as “The Captain” as he moves into the final stage of his illustrious career.