The SABR Bookshelf: Spring 2019

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Spring 2019.

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Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.

In addition, check out new books published by SABR at SABR.org/ebooks.

 


Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5901-1
Buy It: SABR.org
Summary: An ode to the most memorable moments at Wrigley, from the Chicago Cubs and the Federal League Whales to Negro Leagues matchups, youth championships, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.


Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut: A Consistent Lad in the Land of Steady Habits
Edited by Karl Cicitto, Bill Nowlin, and Len Levin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $6.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5901-1
Buy It: SABR.org
Summary: A volume of articles, interviews, and essays on the life and career of Connecticut's favorite baseball son, with special attention on Jeff Bagwell's high school and college years.


The Team that Couldn’t Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers
Edited by Steve West and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1692-7
Buy It: SABR.org
Summary: SABR Digital Library covering the effort to bring major-league baseball to North Texas, along with biographies of the original 1972 Rangers and stories of memorable games from that first season.


A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators 50th Anniversary Edition
By Stephen J. Walker and Ronnie Joyner

Publisher: Pocol Press
Retail Price: $19.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9297-6388-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A look back at the 1969 Washington Senators team which excited D.C. fans after years of bad baseball.


Baseball Under the Palms: The History of Miami Minor League Baseball - The Early Years 1892 - 1960
By Sam Zygner and Barbra Cabrera

Publisher: Sunbury Press
Retail Price: $24.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6200-6157-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A history of the early years of minor league baseball in Miami.


The Four Home Runs Club: Sluggers Who Achieved Baseball's Rarest Feat
By Steven K. Wagner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $30.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-1542-8
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A look at baseball's most exclusive club and those who achieved the feat.


The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season
By K.P. Wee

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $36.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-1308-0
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A recollection of the world champion 1988 Dodgers and their remarkable season.


The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball's Greatest Salesman
By Don Zminda

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $34.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-1294-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An in-depth biography of the life of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray.


Let's Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks
By Doug Wilson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $24.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-1229-8
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: An inside look at the life of Mr. Cub, Erinie Banks.


When the Crowd Didn't Roar: How Baseball's Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope
By Kevin Cowherd

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $27.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1329-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Tells the story of the game played without a crowd during Baltimore riots over the death of a black man at the hands of the city's police.


No Place I Would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing
By Joe Bonomo

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $27.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1325-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A biography and an appreciation of the New Yorker's baseball essayist.


When Big Data was Small: My Life in Baseball Analytics and Drug Design
By Richard D. Cramer

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $28.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1205-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Cramer was a pioneer of analytics, a co-founder of STATS, and a seminal figure in computer-aided drug design. And now, the author of a readable autobiography.


Almost Yankees: The Summer of '81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You've Never Heard Of
By J. David Herman

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-0889-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The story of Dave Righetti, Andre Robertson, Steve Balboni, Buck Showalter, and the 1981 Columbus Clippers.


Pastime Lost: The Humble, Original, and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball
By David Block

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-0851-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: David Block returns to the English origins of baseball and finds the Prince of Wales as well as Jane Austen.


Doc, Donnie, the Kid, and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees fought for New York's Baseball Soul
By Chris Donnelly

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-0553-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Covers the 1985 season as seen in New York City, dreaming of the first subway series in decades.


They Played the Game: Memories from 47 Major Leaguers
By Norman Macht

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-0550-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: From the Deadball Era to the 1980s, the profits of oral history interviews by Norman Macht.


A Fine Team Man: Jackie Robinson and the Lives He Touched
By Joe Cox

Publisher: Lyons Press
Retail Price: $27.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4930-3904-3
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A look back at Jackie Robinson and the impact he had on and off the field.


Great American Baseball Stories
Edited by Jeff Silverman

Publisher: Lyons Press
Retail Price: $16.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4930-3901-2
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A collection of stories from the golden age of baseball includes the likes of Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander.


The New York Yankees of the 1950s
By David Fisher

Publisher: Lyons Press
Retail Price: $26.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4930-3892-3
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: Stories of the Golden Era of Yankees baseball and greats like Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and others.


Shea Stadium Remembered: The Mets, The Jets, and Beatlemania
By Matthew Silverman

Publisher: Lyons Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4930-3545-8
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A history of one of baseball's most famous and beloved ballparks.


Women's College Softball on the Rise: A Season Inside the Game
By Mark Allister

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7616-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Follows the 2018 women's college softball season from winter workouts through Florida State's victory in the Women's College World Series.


Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937-1941
By Scott Longert

Publisher: Ohio University Press
Retail Price: $45.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8214-2379-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A look a the wild Cleveland Indians teams of the late 1930s and early 1940s.


Reclaiming 42: Public Memory and the Reframing of Jackie Robinson's Radical Legacy
By David Naze

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $45.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-9082-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An examination of Jackie Robinson's impact on politics, the Civil Rights movement, and the way his image has been used.


Here's the Pitch: The Amazing, True, New, and Improved Story of Baseball and Advertising
By Roberta J. Newman

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $34.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-7847-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: From Bull Durham to Derek Jeter, Newman chronicles the way advertising and baseball have worked together to sell products and brand ballplayers.


Black Baseball, 1858-1900: A Comprehensive Record of the Teams, Players, Managers, Owners and Umpires (3 vols.)
By James E. Brunson III

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $99.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7864-9417-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: 1,393 large-sized pages of data on Black Ball in the 19th Century with all the detail promised in the title … and more.


The Polo Grounds: Essays and Memories of New York City's Historic Ballpark, 1880-1963
Edited by Stew Thornley

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7864-7897-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Historical essays, significant games, interviews and personal memories highlight this work.


Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball during the Great War
By Alexander F. Barnes, Peter L. Belmonte & Samuel O. Barnes

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Retail Price: $26.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5678-0
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: Accounts of the Doughboys and their efforts to play baseball during the Great War.


Dick Allen: The Life and Times of a Baseball Immortal
By William C. Kashatus

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Retail Price: $26.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5284-3
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A biography of baseball great Dick Allen and his enigmatic career.


Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know About Baseball
By Christopher J. Phillips

Publisher: Princeton University Press
Retail Price: $27.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-6911-8021-2
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: Scouting (human evaluation) and statistics (numerical evalutation) are often set at odds, but Phillips argues baseball analysis has always included aspects of both disciplines.


Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play
By S. Derby Gisclair

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-7781-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: From the 1850s to the turn of the 20th century, Gisclair follows the growth and fortunes of baseball in New Orleans.


Before They Were the Cubs: The Early Years of Chicago's First Professional Baseball Team
By Jack Bales

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-7467-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The (almost) Cubs from origin to the edge of their great clubs of the 1900s.


Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark
By Alva Noë

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Retail Price: $21.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-1909-2818-6
Buy It: Amazon.com
Summary: A collection of deep ballpark observations from philosopher Alva Noë.


Black Thursday, Blue Monday: In Search of the Curse of the Washington Nationals
By David Bledsoe

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: n/a
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A murder-mystery that takes a look at who "cursed" the Washington Nationals and why they have had trouble living up to expectations in recent years.


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