While the number of baseball card companies is shrinking, the competition among baseball book publishers is rising so fast that it must be related to global warming. Good baseball books are guaranteed to keep readers warm all winter – even in cities where snow lingers past Opening Day.
Although dozens of good books surfaced in 2007, ranking them was no easy task. They fall into different categories – from biographies to histories and reference works – and come in various sizes, shapes and price ranges. Some are part of a series, others are annuals. Many are timed to coincide with anniversaries, such as the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut.