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

Nuclear Powered Baseball: Articles Inspired by The Simpsons Episode "Homer At the Bat"

Edited by Emily Hawks and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Russ Lake and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1611-8, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1610-1, $9.99
Cover art by Bob Krieger
8.5" x 11", 205 pages

The Simpsons and baseball. Since its debut in 1989 (that’s back in the last century!), The Simpsons has run for 27 seasons and (back in 2009) became the longest-running American scripted primetime television series. Though it would be considered sacrilege in some circles, some might even see it as a national pastime of its own.

The series has a long history with baseball and, in Season Three, the episode “Homer at the Bat” aired, on February 20, 1992. Co-editor Emily Hawks writes in her Introduction, “To see so many of the biggest MLB stars of the day in Simpsonian animated form — Ken Griffey Jr., Ozzie Smith, and Jose Canseco, just to name a few — seemed the most exciting thing in the world to this ’90s kid. And the fact that they all lent their own voices to the parts seemed even cooler. It may have also been one of my first glimpses into baseball’s early days. As a kid, I had no idea that Mr. Burns’ dream squad — comprised of colorful names like Shoeless Joe Jackson, Pie Traynor, and Napoleon Lajoie — actually referenced real players. Those seemed like decidedly fabricated names to me!”

They weren’t. They were real ballplayers. And, one way or another, Simpsons writers have worked the names of 68 major-league ballplayers into one episode or another. Football’s Joe Namath, Warren Sapp, and Johnny Unitas have appeared in shows. So have basketballers Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Yao Ming, and Dennis Rodman. Without doing exhaustive research, we believe there may be more baseball players than the other pro sports combined. 

Some 27 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have collaborated in Nuclear Powered Baseball to tell the stories of each player — past and present — featured in the classic Simpsons episode. The biographies compiled here take the players well beyond their two-dimensional caricatures, and present a well-rounded view of their lives in baseball. We’ve also included a few very entertaining takes on the now-famous “Homer at the Bat” episode from prominent baseball writers Jonah Keri, Erik Malinowski, and Bradley Woodrum. As an added bonus, we’ve also included Joe Posnanski’s piece on the Season 22 sabermetric-themed episode, “MoneyBart.” 

Contributors include: Frederick C. Bush, Alan Cohen, Stephen Constantelos, Geoffrey Dunn, Charles F. Faber, Jan Finkel, David Fleitz, James Forr, Emily Hawks, David Jones, Jonah Keri, Susan Lantz, Erik Malinowski, Shawn Morris, Bill Nowlin, Joe Posnanski, James Lincoln Ray, E.A. Reed, Cindy Thomson, John Thorn, Joseph Wancho, Steve West, Gregory H. Wolf, Bradley Woodrum, and Paul Zingg.

 

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The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants
Eds. Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III (released December 2015)
     
       
   
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); 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.

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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