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

Baseball: The Fans' Game
By Gordon S. (Mickey) Cochrane
$5.99 e-book

ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-57-1
244 pages

In 1939, John Kieran, a famous sportswriter for The New York Times, said of Baseball: The Fans' Game: "Frankly, this is the best book on baseball that I ever read." It remains one of the best and the SABR is proud to have made it available. SABR first published a paperback replica of the original Funk & Wagnalls 1939 edition in 1992, adding an introduction by Mark Alvarez at that time. Now, an e-book edition has been made available for for all in digital formats. 

Cochrane's book is wonderful for two reasons. First, its tone is real, a true rarity among player-written tomes. Although it's not an autobiography, you'll get a real sense of Mickey Cochrane's personality here, with remarkably little piffle. Second, it's full of nuggets that any baseball fan will treasure. Just look at the topics listed in the table of contents: 


The Chronicle of a Major Leaguer in the Making, from College Campus to the Big Show—The Value of Minor League Training


Fundamentals of Sound Baseball—Hitting, Fielding, Throwing and Running—The Importance of Confidence—Slumps and How Some Were Broken—Pointers for Outfielders 


Fundamentals of Catching—Some Sound Pitching Advice—Footwork and the Line-Up


The Battery and Its Relation to the Defense—The Benefits of a Good Double-Play Combination—Strategy on the Defense—Some Stories of Babe Ruth


Cobb's System of Batting-Guess Hitting and Sign Stealing—Cultivating Ability to Take a Strike—Attacking Strategy


Defensive Strategy Versus the Big Inning—The Hit and-Run and the Big Inning—Stealing Signs and How Some of the Greatest Signal Burglars Work


Getting the Most Out of Your Stuff—Training Pitcher—The Pressure of a Pennant Race on a Staff-Breaking Down the Effectiveness of an Opposing Pitcher 


Importance of the Bull Pen In Winning-Team Tactics—When to Lift a Pitcher—Type of Relief to Have Ready-Essentials of Good Pinch Pitching—"Jockeying" which Started a Losing Streak 


The Fans Always Write—When Does a Fan Own a Ball Club?—All-Star Teams


A City Goes Crazy over a Championship Ball Club—What Makes for Success in Baseball—Never Make the Same Mistake Twice


SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!




Click on a book cover below to find out more information and order these great titles from the SABR Digital Library:

Thar's Joy in Braveland:
The 1957 Milwaukee Braves
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released May 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 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), and Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves (May 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 The Fenway Project (September 2013) 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


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