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

Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (Volume One)
Edited by Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Marshall Adesman and Len Levin
Foreword by Roland Hemond
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1637-8
ISBN (e-book) 978-1-9438-1636-1
390 pages, 8.5" x 11"

“I treasured going to the Winter Meetings. You don’t see people for a whole year and then here you are, face to face, and trying to make a deal.”  — Roland Hemond (Winter Meetings attendee since 1952)

This new SABR book about the history of the Winter Meetings contains stories and hidden treasures that may help resolve moments of wonder that have periodically crossed your mind as a baseball fan or as a scholar. 

So much of baseball history happened at the Winter Meetings. This book provides you with a historical answer to the business of baseball over many of the early years of the minor leagues, the National League, and the American League, and even features a chapter on the Eastern Colored League Winter Meetings. Important philosophies regarding chosen identity, reactions to societal trends, agreements on how to operate, approval of new members, and player transactions emerged from the discussions and decisions made at the winter meetings. 

This book represents the first of two volumes to cover the history of Baseball’s Winter Meetings. Volume One covers the years 1901 through 1957, and Volume Two (to be published in 2017) covers the years 1958 through 2016. The first volume covers the years of twentieth century baseball from the first year there were two “major leagues” — the American League having begun as a major league in 1901 — and running through the final year before expansion to the West Coast. The second volume brings coverage of the Winter Meetings through the 2016 gathering in Washington, D.C.

Volume One comprises the collective work of a team of 38 SABR researchers and editors. The overall project was initiated by SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee, the brainchild of editor Steve Weingarden. Volume Two will comprise the work of a number of the same authors and editors, but more than two dozen others. All in all, well over 60 SABR members will have contributed to this effort, including Abigail Miskowiec, Aimee Gonzalez, Andy Bokser, Bill Felber, Bill Nowlin, Bob LeMoine, Chris Jones, Christopher Matthews, Dale Voiss, Dennis Pajot, Ely Sussman, Eric Frost, Frederick C. Bush, Gary Levy, Gregory H. Wolf, Jacob Pomrenke, Jason C. Long, Jeremy Green, Jerry Nechal, Jim Howlenhaus, Jim Overmyer, Joe Marren, Marshall Adesman, Mike Lynch, Nick Klopsis, Nick Waddell, Paul Hensler, R.J. Lesch, Rich Bogovich, Roland Hemond, Silvio Sansano, Stephen R. Keeney, Steve Weingarden, Steven Bryant, Ted Leavengood, Travis Stern, and Zak Schmoll.


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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)
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)

Baseball Scouts and Their Profession

Eds. Jim Sandoval, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2011)
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); Opening Fenway Park in Style: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox (May 2012); 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); Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves (May 2014); Detroit the Unconquerable: The 1935 Detroit Tigers (December 2014); Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs (February 2015); and Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (June 2015), 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.

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