1. The Sports Bookie -- Highly recommended reading

    Author Rob Fitts is a writer, researcher and detective rolled all into one. And if you love reading about intrigue as it pertains to baseball, give "Banzai Babe Ruth" a look.

    Fitts won SABR's 2013 Seymour Medal for the book. It is the story of an American League all-star team, featuring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove, which barnstormed Japan in November 1934. Fitts goes into plenty of detail about the tour, but also about the political climate in Japan ...