SABR Digital Library: Baseball: The Fan's Game, by Mickey Cochrane
Add a classic baseball book to your collection with the newest title in the SABR Digital Library:
Baseball: The Fans' Game
By Gordon S. (Mickey) Cochrane
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-57-1
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:
I. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL
The Chronicle of a Major Leaguer in the Making, from College Campus to the Big Show—The Value of Minor League Training
II. WHAT MAKES A PLAYER
Fundamentals of Sound Baseball—Hitting, Fielding, Throwing and Running—The Importance of Confidence—Slumps and How Some Were Broken—Pointers for Outfielders
III. LET'S LOOK AT THE LINE-UP
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
VI. HIT-AND-RUN, THE BUNT, SIGNS
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
VII. HANDLING PITCHERS
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
VIII. STRATEGY AND PSYCHOLOGY
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
IX. A WORD FOR THE FANS
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!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Mickey Cochrane's Baseball: The Fan's Game for FREE from the SABR Store. ($5.99 for non-members.) Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Buy the 1992 paperback edition of Mickey Cochrane's Baseball: The Fan's Game from the SABR Bookstore, powered by Amazon.com.
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).
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This page was last updated January 26, 2016 at 2:10 am MST.