The Charlotte Knights, our hometown minor league baseball team, play just a few short blocks away from Main Library and Imaginon. If you’re waiting for a game to start, why not stroll down to visit us?
Drop in to Main Library, only a short walk from BB&T Ballpark, to visit the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room for their collection of local history resources, including North Carolina baseball. Chris Holaday’s, Professional Baseball in North Carolina, is an A to Z look at the sport’s more than 100 years of history in the state, city by city. Remember when basketball player and Charlotte local Michael Jordan tried a second career at baseball? Read about it in Jim Patton’s Rookie. While you can’t take these items home with you,, the knowledgeable staff will assist you finding out more about the history of the sport. The Carolina Room also offers a variety of online exhibits, such as the Outlaw Carolina Baseball League.
If you can’t make it to downtown Charlotte, we’ve included links to some of our favorite baseball movies and books:
- Have a Kevin Costner baseball movie marathon with Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, For the Love of the Game, and Draft Day.
- If you've seen the movie with Robert Redford, try reading The Natural, Bernard Malamud’s original work of fiction.
- Find “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” and more colorful Yogi-isms in The Yogi Book.
- Give your book club something different to discuss at your next gathering with Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, which follows how a star collegiate baseball player’s mistake affects five people’s lives. Reserve your book club kit today!
- Ila Jane Border’s autobiography, Making My Pitch, is the inspiring story of the first woman to receive a college scholarship for the sport and her journey to play for the men’s minor leagues.
- Martha Ackmann’s Curveball depicts the life of Toni Stone, the first woman to play men’s professional baseball.
Though we’re still in the middle of summer, youth baseball and softball are just around the corner. If you’re new to coaching, perhaps start with Coaching Baseball for Dummies. Start the youngest team members off right with a T-ball instructional video, or get coaching tips from a master by watching Baseball the Ripken Way.
Whether you’re gearing up for the fall ball season, learning about North Carolina’s rich baseball history, or devouring your next great read, the Library has something for everyone!