A Season of Daring Greatly, by Ellen Emerson White
It’s a book not just for sports fans, but for process nerds. There’s plenty about baseball culture and about straight-up playing the game, but it also tells the lesser-known story of what happens between being drafted and actually playing in the majors. It talks about training regimens; about warm-ups and cool-downs; about the tradition and culture within the clubhouse and about the difference between teasing and abuse. It gives us details about getting a uniform tailored and about how a team comprised of people from around the world overcomes language barriers; it shows us how team managers actually manage their players, and it shows us the importance of optics and the press, about baseball not just as a sport, but as a business, and about players not just as athletes, but as celebrities.