My selection is "How Baseball Managers Use Math" written by John C. Bertoletti. Here is an answer to that perennial question in math lessons -- "Why do I have to know this?" Bertoletti sets mathematics in the context of a baseball manager's job in 13 chapters with titles such as -- The Manager and His Percentages, Intentional Walks, and Keeping a Close Eye on the Pitch Count. Utilizing graphs, statistics, and charts, Bertoletti challenges students to do the math that is essential to a baseball manager's decision making process.
Each double page spread describes a real-life scenario then looks at the data and the related math that the manager uses. In "A Night Game On The Road" Bertoletti explains how a manager studies batting averages to help him decide which team members will play. The chapter concludes with a section titled "You Do the Math" that challenges readers to answer questions by interpreting a table of batting averages.
Related photographs enhance each chapter and the book concludes with an answer key, glossary, and related reading for additional information.