A book that I recommend is Arnold Hano's "A Day in the Bleachers" It gives detailed account of the author attending a World Series game in 1954 at the Polo Grounds. I can also second LizzieMaine's recommendation of "The Boys of Summer" My mother gave me that book in 1972 after hearing Roger Kahn being interviewed on a local radio talk show. It was the first "serious" book on baseball that I had read. Prior to that I had practically memorized Arnold Hano's "Willie Mays" -a great book written for young readers such as I was. There are so many great books written about baseball though. A few others that come to mind are Red Barber's "The Rhubarb Patch", George Higgin's "The Progress of the Seasons" and Roger Angell's "The Summer Game" All of these books should serve to illustrate the importance of baseball to Americans during the 1940's-1960's. For baseball fiction, I love W.P. Kinsella's "The Iowa Baseball Confederacy" and "Shoeless Joe". No other sport lends itself to great literature like baseball.