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Here's our newest book in the SABR Digital Library:

20-Game Losers
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Emmet R. Nowlin
Associate Editors: Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-58-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-59-0, $21.95
8.5" x 11", 486 pages

You have to be a very good pitcher to lose 20 games in one season. Why would a manager keep putting you out there to pitch, time after time, if you didn’t have a chance to win the game? More than 25 percent of the pitchers in the National Baseball Hall of Fame are pitchers who lost 20 or more games in a single season. One of them even lost 20 or more games for 10 years in a row!

The names in this book are often well-known names. Cy Young lost more than 20 games in three different seasons. Other 20-game losers were Steve Carlton, Walter Johnson, Phil Niekro, Robin Roberts, and Red Ruffing, to name a few.

We’ve included here every one of the 23 Hall of Famers who are 20-game losers, as well as some lesser-known names, over sixty biographies in all. Mike Maroth and Brian Kingman, the two most recent pitchers to lose 20 games, are here. So is Jack Nabors thanks to his 1-20 season. You will find Guy Hecker, whose record of 52-20 constituted the best winning percentage of any 20-game loser. And we feature one woebegone pitching staff which had four 20-game losers in the same season.

By our count 499 major-league pitchers have had seasons in which they lost 20 or more games. Only two of them had ERAs over 6.00. This take on pitching records offers plenty of quirks to explore. 53 members of SABR combined their efforts to create this truly fascinating book.

Contributors include: Niall Adler, Will Anderson, Bob Bailey, Charlie Bevis, Dennis Bingham, Chuck Carey, Alan Cohen, Warren Corbett, Paul E. Doutrich, Don Doxsie, Alex Drude, Jeff English, Charles F. Faber, Jeff Findley, Jan Finkel, David Fleitz, Eric Frost, Charles Hausberg, Paul Hofmann, Tom Hufford, Bill Lamb, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Dan Levitt, Mike Lynch, Barb Mantegani, Wayne McElreavy, Brian McKenna, Justin Mckinney, Barry Mednick, Chad Moody, Skip Nipper, Bill Nowlin, Emmet R. Nowlin, Armand Peterson, David Raglin, Chris Rainey, Stephen V. Rice, Carl Riechers, Joel Rippel, C. Paul Rogers III, Stuart Schimler, Steven D. Schmitt, Joe Schuster, David E. Skelton, David C. Southwick, Glen Sparks, Mark S. Sternman, John Struth, Cosme Vivanco, Joe Wancho, Phil Williams, and Gregory H. Wolf.

 

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Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Edwin Fernandez
(released June 2017)
       
Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
Eds. Rick Bush, Bill Nowlin
(released July 2017)
   

NO-HITTERS
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released May 2017)
       
The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Dan Desrochers
(released June 2017)
   

Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 2017)
       
The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring
Eds. Larry R. Gerlach, Bill Nowlin
(released March 2017)
   

Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
Eds. Steve Weingarden, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2016)
       
Overcoming Adversity: Baseball's Tony Conigliaro Award
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Clayton Trutor
(released January 2017)
   

Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings
Eds. Bob LeMoine, Bill Nowlin
(released September 2016)
       
When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2016)
   

From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released June 2016)
       
Cuban Baseball Legends: Baseball's Alternative Universe
Eds. Peter C. Bjarkman, Bill Nowlin
(released July 2016)
   

Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos
Edited by Norm King
(released April 2016)
       
Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull
Edited by Scott Ferkovich
(released May 2016)
   

The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six
Eds. Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin
(released March 2016)
       
The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy
(released March 2016)
   

The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants
Eds. Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III
(released December 2015)
       
Nuclear Powered Baseball: Articles Inspired by The Simpsons Episode "Homer At the Bat"
Eds. Emily Hawks and Bill Nowlin
(released January 2016)
   

Mustaches and Mayhem:
Charlie O's Three-Time Champions
The 1972-74 Oakland A's
Edited by Chip Greene
(released September 2015)
       
A Pennant for the Twin Cities:
The 1965 Minnesota Twins
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2015)
   

Scandal on the South Side:
The 1919 Chicago White Sox
Edited by Jacob Pomrenke
(released June 2015)
       
Braves Field: Memorable Moments
at Boston's Lost Diamond

Eds. Bill Nowlin and Bob Brady
(released August 2015)
   

'75: The Red Sox Team:
That Saved Baseball
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan
(released April 2015)
       
Calling the Game:
Baseball Broadcasting From 1920 to the Present
By Stuart Shea
(released May 2015)
   

Winning on the North Side:
The 1929 Chicago Cubs
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 2015)
       
Who's On First:
Replacement Players in World War II
Eds. Marc Z. Aaron and Bill Nowlin
(released March 2015)
   

The National Pastime:
Premiere Issue (Replica Edition)
Edited by John Thorn
(released December 2014)
       
Detroit the Unconquerable:
The 1935 Detroit Tigers
Edited by Scott Ferkovich
(released December 2014)
   

The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals:
The World Champion Gas House Gang
Edited by Charles F. Faber
(released August 2014)
       
Van Lingle Mungo:
The Man, The Song, The Players
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released October 2014)
   

Thar's Joy in Braveland:
The 1957 Milwaukee Braves
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released May 2014)
       
Baseball: The Fan's Game
By Gordon S. (Mickey) Cochrane
(released June 2014)
   

The Miracle Braves of 1914
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released February 2014)
       
Base-Ball: How to Become a Player
By John Montgomery Ward
(released February 2014)
   

The Fenway Project
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan
(released September 2013)
       
New Century, New Team:
The 1901 Boston Americans

Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released December 2013)
   

The Year of the Blue Snow:
The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies

Eds. Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin
(released July 2013)
       
Inventing Baseball:
The 100 Greatest Games of
the 19th Century

Edited by Bill Felber
(released July 2013)
   

Memories of a Ballplayer:
Bill Werber and Baseball in the 1930s

By Bill Werber and C. Paul Rogers III
(released February 2013)
       
Sweet '60:
The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

Eds. Clifton Blue Parker, Bill Nowlin
(released April 2013)
   

Detroit Tigers 1984:
What A Start! What A Finish!

Eds. Mark Pattison, David Raglin
(released December 2012)
       
Batting
By F.C. Lane
(released January 2013)
   

Nineteenth Century Stars
Eds. Robert L. Tiemann, Mark Rucker
(released August 2012)
 
 
       
Red Sox Baseball in the Days of
Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox
of the 1950s

Eds. Mark Armour, Bill Nowlin
(released September 2012)
   

Great Hitting Pitchers
Edited by L. Robert Davids,
updated for 2012 by Mike Cook
(released March 2012)
       
Opening Fenway Park With Style:
The 1912 World Champion Red Sox

Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released May 2012)
   

CAN HE PLAY? A Look At
Baseball Scouts and Their Profession

Eds. Jim Sandoval, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2011)
 
       
RUN, RABBIT, RUN:
The Hilarious and Mostly True
Tales of Rabbit Maranville

By Walter "Rabbit" Maranville
(released February 2012)

 

About the SABR Digital Library

For more than 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program is shifting to take advantage of new methods of publishing. Not only will we continue to publish new books like Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts and Their Profession (released in December 2011); Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish! (December 2012); Sweet '60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (April 2013); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (July 2013); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (June 2015); The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants (December 2015); Nuclear Powered Baseball/The Simpsons (February 2016), Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (April 2016); Cuban Baseball Legends (July 2016), Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (December 2016); Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome (February 2017), and No-Hitters (May 2017), which showcase the best efforts of SABR's members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville (February 2012), Great Hitting Pitchers (March 2012), Nineteenth Century Stars (August 2012); Batting (January 2013); The Fenway Project (September 2013); and '75: The Red Sox Team That Saved Baseball (April 2015) back again.

Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by "print on demand" (POD).

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. If you're not a member, click here to join SABR.

Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we'll be adding to the SABR Digital Library. To learn more about SABR Publications, contact Publications Editor Cecilia Tan at ctan@sabr.org.

 

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