The SABR Bookshelf: Summer 2019

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Summer 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.

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The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5906-6
Buy It: SABR
Summary: A SABR Digital Library book on the legendary Negro League World Series champions in the final season before Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues.


Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition
Edited by Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5902-8
Buy It: SABR
Summary: A SABR Digital Library book focusing on the first 50 years of the Royals, including summaries of their two World Series championships, key players and executives, and the most memorable games in team history.


San Diego Padres: The First Half Century
Edited by Tom Larwin and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5904-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A SABR Digital Library book covering the first 50 years of the San Diego Padres, with biographies of influential players and executives (even the San Diego Chicken!) and accounts of memorable games in franchise history.


Brothers in Baseball: The History of "Family" Relationships in Major League Baseball
By Arthur G. Sharp

Publisher: History Publishing Co
Retail Price: $19.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-940773-96-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An analysis of the many family relationships within Major League Baseball, and their significance to the history of the sport.


Baseball Revolutionaries: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Rocked the Country and Made Baseball Famous
By Greg Rhodes, John Erardi, and Greg Gajus

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $25.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-7987-7638-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An insight on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings and their dominant season that changed the course of baseball forever.


Classic Reds: The 50 Greatest Games in Cincinnati Reds History
By Joe Heffron and Jack Heffron

Publisher: Kent State University Press
Retail Price: $19.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-60635-313-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A highlight of the 50 greatest games ever played by the Cincinnati Reds, since their induction as a team in 1869.


The Dizzy and Daffy Dean Barnstorming Tour: Race, Media, and America's National Pastime
By Phil S. Dixon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $36.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-2739-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An examination of Dizzy and Daffy Dean's barnstorming tour which took place following their 1934 World Series victory, and its social implications.


Tumultuous Times in America's Game: From Jackie Robinson's Breakthrough to the War Over Free Agency
By Bryan Soderholm-Difatte

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $40.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-2735-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An examination of major developments and key figures in Major League Baseball from the integration of Jackie Robinson in 1947 to the owners-instigated catastrophic players' strike of 1994-95.


Mantle: The Best There Ever Was
By Tony Castro

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $24.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-2221-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A biography of Mickey Mantle, one of the greatest and most influential people ever to play baseball.


Strike Four: The Evolution of Baseball
By Richard Hershberger

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $38.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-2114-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An examination of the development of baseball, the reasoning behind new rules and innovations, and the consequences of those changes.


The Hidden Language of Baseball: How Signs and Sign-Stealing Have Influenced the Course of Our National Pastime, 2nd edition
By Paul Dickson

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $19.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1463-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Examining the rich legacy of baseball’s hidden language of signs — from catcher to pitcher, coach to batter, and other silent interactions.


Black Baseball's Last Team Standing: The Birmingham Black Barons, 1919-1962
By William J. Plott

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $49.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7788-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The history of the most enduring team in organized Black Baseball, the Birmingham Barons.


Comiskey Park's Last World Series: A History of the 1959 Chicago White Sox
By Charles N. Billington

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7685-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: From ownership fights through team construction to the sixth game of the 1959 World Series, Billington chronicles the Pale Hose's year.


Rocky Colavito: Cleveland's Iconic Slugger
By Mark Sommer

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7397-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The first full biography of The Rock with an emphasis on the Cleveland years.


Understanding Sabermetrics: An Introduction to the Science of Baseball Statistics, Second Edition
By Gabriel B. Costa, Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6766-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Updates the 2008 original with new information and analysis and provides materials for offering courses in baseball analytics.


Here's the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More
By Ron Swoboda

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Retail Price: $27.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-250-23566-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The story of the 1969 World Champion Mets, and Ron Swoboda's unforgettable experience as a member of the team.


Empire of Infields: Baseball in Taiwan and Cultural Identity, 1895-1968
By John J. Harney

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $50.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-8682-5
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A history of baseball in Taiwan with analysis of how it affected the identity of the people there.


George Foster and the 1977 Reds: The Rise of a Slugger and the End of an Era
By Mike Shannon

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7864-6451-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Recounts Foster's monster 1977 season and poses it against the decline of the Big Red Machine.


Tip O'Neill and the St. Louis Browns of 1887
By Dennis Thiessen

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-7290-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The first of the great Canadian players gets his debut biography focusing on the context of his .492 BA in 1887.


For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball
By Bud Selig, with Phil Rogers

Publisher: William Morrow
Retail Price: $28.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-06290-595-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The former commissioner's story of his years in baseball and the transformations he's seen.


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