Doug Glanville played center field for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers from 1996 through 2004. He’s a columnist with TIME Ideas and a baseball analyst with ESPN. He’s the author of The Game From Where I Stand, published May 2010. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he lives with his family in Raleigh, N.C.

For the start of the baseball season, former MLB player Doug Glanville shares his favorite books on the sport. His new book, The Game From Where I Stand, is out next month.