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

Who's on First: Replacement Players in World War II
Edited by Marc Z. Aaron and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: James Forr and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-91-5
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-90-8

418 pages

During the four seasons the U.S. was at war in World War II (1942-1945), 533 players made their major-league debuts. There were 67 first-time major leaguers under the age of 21 (Joe Nuxhall the youngest at 15 in 1944). More than 60 percent of the players in the 1941 Opening Day lineups departed for the service. The 1944 Dodgers had only Dixie Walker and Mickey Owen as the two regulars from their 1941 pennant-winning team.

The owners brought in not only first-timers but also many oldsters. Hod Lisenbee pitched 80 innings for the Reds in 1945 at the age of 46. He had last pitched in the major leagues in 1936. War veteran and former POW Bert Shepard, with an artificial leg, pitched in one game for the 1945 Senators, and one-armed outfielder Pete Gray played for the St. Louis Browns.

The war years featured firsts and lasts. The St. Louis Browns won their first (and last) pennant in 1944 — a feat made more amazing by the fact that they had not finished in the first division since 1929. The 1944 team featured 13 players classified as 4-F. The Chicago Cubs appeared in the 1945 World Series but have not made it back since.

More than 50 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have contributed to this volume. We invite you to sit back and relax as you learn Who's on First.

This book includes contributions from: Marc Z. Aaron, Thomas Ayers, Peter C. Bjarkman, Rich Bogovich, Bob Brady, Ashlie Christian, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Richard Cuicchi, Sidney Davis, Greg Erion, Charles Faber, Merrie A. Fidler, David Finoli, Duke Goldman, Rex Hamann, Rachel Hamelers, Tom Hawthorn, Leslie Heaphy, Lou Hernández, Michael Huber, Joanne Hulbert, Jay Hurd, David M. Jordan, Seamus Kearney, Marc Lancaster, Walter LeConte, Bob LeMoine, Barb Mantegani, Jeff Marlett, Mel Marmer, Bob Mayer, Mike McClary, Richard Moraski, Bill Nowlin, Jeff Obermeyer, Gregg Omoth, Armand Peterson, J.G. Preston, David W. Pugh, David Raglin, Chris Rainey, John Shannahan, James D. Smith III, Steve Smith, Lyle Spatz, Mark S. Sternman, Jim Sweetman, Cort Vitty, Charlie Weatherby, Bob Webster, Gregory H. Wolf, and Don Zminda.

 

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Winning on the North Side:
The 1929 Chicago Cubs
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 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 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program has shifted 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); The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies (July 2013); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (July 2013); New Century, New Team: The 1901 Boston Americans (December 2013); The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang (August 2014); and Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players (October 2014), 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); and Memories of a Ballplayer: Bill Werber and Baseball in the 1930s (March 2013); The Fenway Project (September 2013); and The National Pastime: Premiere Issue (December 2014) 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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