9 Best Books for Baseball Moms to Read

Written by Mark Bailey
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Baseball moms spend countless hours at practices, games, and tournaments. Why not make the most of that time with a good book in hand? From inspirational stories to practical advice, here’s a list of the best books to keep you entertained and informed while supporting your young athlete.

1. The Baseball Mom’s Survival Guide by Heather Hutchins

A comprehensive guide filled with practical tips and humorous anecdotes. Perfect for new baseball moms looking for a crash course in navigating the season. Learn how to pack the perfect game day bag, manage team snacks, and handle those inevitable rain delays with ease. This book is like having a seasoned baseball mom friend giving you all the insider tips.

2. Throw Like a Woman by Susan Petrone

This novel is about a woman who discovers her love for baseball and breaks barriers. It’s an inspiring story that resonates with any mom who has ever had a dream. Personally, reading this book motivated me to volunteer as a coach for my child’s team, even though I initially doubted my abilities. It’s a powerful reminder that it’s never too late to pursue your passions.

3. Calico Joe by John Grisham

A touching story about the relationship between a father and son through baseball. This book combines the thrill of baseball with heartwarming family dynamics. It’s perfect for those long weekend tournaments when you need an emotional yet uplifting read. Grisham’s storytelling will keep you engaged while waiting for the next inning.

4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

The story of how the Oakland A’s used statistics to compete with richer teams is insightful for understanding the strategic side of baseball. While it’s more analytical, it’s fascinating and can provide great talking points with your young athlete about the importance of strategy in the game. Plus, it’s always fun to feel like you’ve got a little extra insider knowledge.

5. The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher

A children’s classic that follows a young boy’s journey in baseball. This book is perfect to read with your child and spark their love for reading and baseball. It’s a great way to bond and discuss their own baseball dreams. Sharing this story can help make those long waits between games feel special and memorable.

6. The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training by Josh Wilker

A look back at the iconic series and its impact on baseball culture. Nostalgic and entertaining, this book reminds you of the fun side of youth sports. I remember a particularly memorable season where our team wasn’t the best, but the camaraderie and fun we had made it one of the best experiences ever. This book captures that same spirit.

7. Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This memoir intertwines the love of baseball with the author’s childhood, beautifully written and reflecting on how baseball can be a source of joy and connection. It provides perspective on the lasting impact of baseball on family life and traditions. Reading it might remind you of your own family’s love for the game and the special memories you create each season.

8. Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship by Doreen Rappaport

An illustrated book about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, this inspirational story showcases the strength and skill of female athletes. Sharing these stories with your daughter can inspire her love for the game and show her that girls can play just as fiercely as boys. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the history and diversity of baseball.

9. Ball Four by Jim Bouton

A candid and often controversial inside look at the life of a major league pitcher. This book is engaging and often hilarious, offering a unique perspective on professional baseball. It’s great for light reading that still keeps you in the baseball spirit. Bouton’s honest and entertaining narrative will have you laughing out loud between innings.


Whether you’re looking for inspiration, practical tips, or just a good story, these books are sure to enhance your baseball mom experience. Share your own favorite baseball reads or experiences in the comments!