Book Reviews

Here are some of the books I have read about the Hanshin Tigers, Japanese baseball, and the sport in general. The list below does not reflect the order in which they were read or reviewed. They are divided into English and Japanese, and alphabetically by author’s last name. For ordering information, click on the thumbnail of the book cover in each individual review. The thumbnailed books at the bottom of the page are ones in my library that are being read or waiting on deck. Give me some recommendations of other books you think are worth reading in the comments section!


sluggingSlugging It Out in Japan – Warren Cromartie with Robert Whiting

throwbackcoverThrowback – Jason Kendall and Lee Judge

 Japanese Baseball: A Fan’s Guide – Brian Maitland

armpassanThe Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports – Jeff Passan

chrysanthemumcoverThe Chrysanthemum and the Bat – Robert Whiting

YougottahaveWAYou Gotta Have Wa – Robert Whiting

meaningichiroThe Meaning of Ichiro – Robert Whiting


 日本制覇 阪神タイガース (Hanshin Tigers, Rulers of Japan) – Asahi Newspaper

historytreasuresAHanshin Tigers History Treasures – Baseball Magazine Publishers

bassdiariesバースの日記 (The Bass Diaries) – Randy Bass

kyojinhanshinron巨人−阪神論 (Giants/Tigers Discourse) – Suguru Egawa and Masayuki Kakefu

fujikawakyujimijukumono未熟者 (Immature Man) – Kyuji Fujikawa

この一年バースが言いたかったこと (What Bass Wanted to Say This Year) – Keigo “Kenny” Hirao

 白球太平洋を渡る (White Ball Crosses the Pacific) – Masaru Ikei

kakefubookcover若虎よ! (Hey Young Tigers!) – Masayuki Kakefu

kanemotobook1覚悟のすすめ (Prepare and Proceed) – Tomoaki Kanemoto

kanemotojinseikakete人生賭けて 〜苦しみの後には必ず成長があった〜 (Put Your Life on the Line) – Tomoaki Kanemoto

SchoolofHanshinFans阪神ファンの流儀 (School of Hanshin Fans) – Nangin Kosugi

kuehnart2愛すべき助っ人たち (Best “Gaikokujin” Players – Then & Now) – Marty Kuehnert

kuehnart1文武両道、日本になし (Where are the Scholar-Athletes?) – Marty Kuehnert

scorer007虎の007 スコアラー室から見た阪神タイガースの戦略 (Hanshin Strategy as Seen by Tigers Scorers) – Hiroshi Miyake

NishiokaAutobio全力疾走 (Sprint) – Tsuyoshi Nishioka

NomuraBook阪神タイガースの黄金時代が永遠に来ない理由 (Why the Tigers’ Golden Age Will Never Come) – Katsuya Nomura

OkadaTigersVictoryBookなぜ阪神はV字回復したのか? (How Hanshin Started Winning Again) – Akinobu Okada

マートンのバイブル (Murton’s Bible) – Sankei Sports

torigoebook本当は強い 阪神タイガース (Hanshin Tigers – Actually Strong) – Norio Torigoe

cherryblossomsstarsstripescoverサクラと星条旗 (Cherry Blossoms Over the Stars and Stripes) – Robert Whiting

yanobook阪神の女房 (Hanshin’s Housewife) – Akihiro Yano

yoshidabook阪神タイガース (Hanshin Tigers) – Yoshio Yoshida


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