Choosing the Latest Viva El Libros Book Out of Season

With everything that happened last year, I forgot about the book club Viva El Birdos: Viva El Libros! In the past we have made three books, one for each month of the low season. This year I thought maybe it would be better to reduce it to one book. Since it will only be one book, I thought we would vote on which book we want to read. I’ve narrowed it down to four options based on recommendations from the past few years. They are…

Blockade Billy by Stephen King

A fictional work written in 2010 this 112 page story is about William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. Blackely was a catcher in 1957, but every trace of him has been erased from the history books, despite being one of the best in the game….

Summer of ’49 by David Halberstam

It was the summer of 1949 and Joe DiMaggio’s New York Yankees were in a dogfight in a dogfight against Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox for the pennant. The teams were neck and neck all summer, with the winner deciding in a head-to-head showdown in the final game of the season.

The Summer Game by Roger Angell

It wouldn’t be a baseball book list without something by Roger Angell. The Summer Game is Angell’s first book on the sport. It is a compilation of essays by the acclaimed author as he joins the New Yorker in the 60s and early 70s.

Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball by John Helyar

This book is based on hundreds of interviews Helyar has conducted to paint a picture of baseball over the years. From the Black Sox scandal to the Pete Rose scandal to the 1994 strike, this book covers the events that shaped baseball into what we know it today.

opinion poll

Which book do you want to read this low season?

This poll is closed

  • 26%

    Blockade Billy by Stephen King

    (21 votes)

  • 25%

    Summer of ’49 by David Halberstam

    (20 votes)

  • 12%

    The Summer Game by Roger Angell

    (10 votes)

  • 35%

    Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball by John Helyar

    (28 votes)


79 votes in total

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