Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The 2012 Giants share several players from the 2010 roster, and they also share a similar tendency to inflict delightful torture upon their fans. In 2010 we presented a reading list of books covering San Francisco Giants history. Since then, quite a few books have been published that allow readers to relive that magical season.
Several of these books are written by Bay Area sports journalists. San Jose Mercury News reporter Andrew Baggarly has written A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants. In this book, Baggarly brings the season back to life with personal anecdotes about players and the day-to-day experiences of the team. This Is Our Time!: The 2010 San Francisco Giants World Series Champions, written by Chris Haft, the Giants' beat reporter for Mlb.com, also provides insights from his daily coverage of that team.
Worth the Wait is a photographic celebration of the season featuring photography by Brad Magin; KNBR sports radio personality Brian Murphy, the author of San Francisco Giants: 50 Years, wrote the accompanying text and player profiles. San Francisco Giants: Torture to Rapture recounts 2010 campaign through words and images from the San Francisco Chronicle. Giant Surprise: San Francisco's 2010 World Champions is a richly illustrated summary of the team's playoff and World Series run.
Two earlier books, Tales From the San Francisco Giants Dugout by Nick Peters and Giants Past And Present by Dan Fost have also been republished in updated editions that include the 2010 championship season.
Another recent title, 100 Things Giants Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die by Bill Chastain, features short chapters about 100 players and events from throughout the team's San Francisco. Finally, San Francisco Giants by Tricia O'Brien is a black and white photo collection spanning the team's history from its arrival in 1958 to 2011.
Let's hope this year's team will continue to give us exciting memories that will captured in future books about our San Francisco Giants.
Let's go Giants!
A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants by Andrew Baggarly (Triumph Books, 2011).
Giant Surprise: San Francisco's 2010 World Champions (Triumph Books, 2010).
Giants Past And Present by Dan Fost (MVP/MBI Pub. LLC, 2011).
100 Things Giants Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die by Bill Chastain (Triumph Books, 2011).
San Francisco Giants by Tricia O'Brien (Arcadia Pub., c2011).
San Francisco Giants: Torture to Rapture: 2010 World Series Champions (KCI Sports Pub., 2010).
Tales From The San Francisco Giants Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Giants Stories Ever Told by Nick Peters with Stuart Shea (Sports Pub., 2011).
This Is Our Time!: The 2010 San Francisco Giants World Series Champions: The Inside Story: Improbable, Wild, Unforgettable by Chris Haft and Eric Alan (Confluence Books, 2011).
Worth the Wait by Brian Murphy (Skybox Press, 2011).
"Your 2010 National League Champion San Francisco Giants: A Reading List," San Francisco Public Library Art, Music and Recreation Center [blog] (October 26, 2010).