In terms of baseball bios, my favorite The Way It Is
by Curt Flood
is out of print (note to any publishers who are reading this.) However, I Never Had It Made
by Jackie Robinson is an amazing bio of one of the most heroic figures in the history of sport. There is so much more to Robinson than just basebal. From his fight for respect in the US Army to his support of Rockefeller, Robinson deserves every accolade thrown his way and is perhaps the most enduring symbol of everything this country should represent. It's funny; before Ichiro mania hit, a lot of the baseball pundits doubted that he could hit a big league pitch. Tom Candiotti said major league pitchers would "knock the bat right out of his hands." Robinson's critics claimed he couldn't hit because "he was all tied up at the shoulders and could never get around on the pitches inside." Beware baseball pundits, I say.