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

The Babe
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks
Associate editors: Carl Reichers and Len Levin
Introduction by Jane Leavy   
 
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5917-2, $9.99 
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5916-5, $29.95
8.5" x 11", 312 pages

Babe Ruth thrilled baseball fans with his tremendous home-run swing. He made friends—and some enemies—with his loud, larger-than-life personality. The list of books about Ruth could fill a few bookshelves. Most recently, SABR awarded the prestigious Seymour Medal to Jane Leavy for her 2018 biography entitled The Big Fella, and she contributes the introduction to this book we call The Babe.

A baseball book published under that title is quite naturally about the great slugger for the New York Yankees, who led the American League in home runs 12 times and lived life large during the Jazz Age.

This book includes the contributions of over 50 SABR members: 30 articles, plus accounts of 50 notable games from The Babe’s career. He hit tape-measure long balls, fought with managers, won more than 90 games as a pitcher, and gave time and money to children’s charities.

In no way is this an exhaustive last word on Babe Ruth. That might be an impossible chore. We do believe this book will help readers get a fuller picture of baseball’s most fabled figure, a man still famous today and still revered in the game he loved.

Contributors include: Josh Berk, Nathan Bierma, Mark Blaeuer, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Frederick "Rick" Bush, Alan Cohen, Fr. Gabriel Costa, Herb Crehan, Reynaldo Cruz Díaz, Richard Cuicchi, Paul E. Doutrich, Mike Dugan, Don Duren, Rob Edelman, Rob Fitts, T.S. Flynn, James Forr, Carolyn R. Fuchs, John Gabcik, Ed Gruver, Mike Haupert, Leslie Heaphy, Rock Hoffman, Paul Hofmann, Mike Huber, Bill Jenkinson, Jimmy Keenan, Tara Krieger, Kevin Larkin, Jane Leavy, Len Levin, Mike Lynch, Brian "Chip" Martin, David McDonald, Skip Nipper, Bill Nowlin, Chad Osborne, Pete Palmer, Tim Rask, Tim Reid, Carl Riechers, Harry Rothgerber, Gary Sarnoff, Tom Schott, Joe Schuster, Curt Smith, Steve Smith, Wayne Soini, Glen Sparks, Lyle Spatz, Mark S. Sternman, Cecilia Tan, Stew Thornley, Saul Wisnia, Gregory H. Wolf, Allan Wood, and Jack Zerby.

 

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The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2019)
         
   

The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions
Eds. Frederick C. Bush, Bill Nowlin
(released July 2019)
       
Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox
Edited by Don Zminda
(released October 2019)
   

San Diego Padres: The First Half Century
Eds. Tom Larwin and Bill Nowlin
(released May 2019)
       
Kansas City Royals: A Royal Tradition
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released June 2019)
   

Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut: A Consistent Lad in the Land of Steady Habits
Eds. Karl Cicitto, Bill Nowlin, Len Levin
(released March 2019)
       
Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released April 2019)
   

1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes
Edited by Joseph Wancho
(released January 2019)
       
The Team that Couldn’t Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers
Eds. Steve West, Bill Nowlin
(released February 2019)
   

Time for Expansion Baseball
Eds. Maxwell Kates, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2018)
       
Base Ball's 19th Century “Winter” Meetings, 1857-1900
Eds. Jeremy K. Hodges, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2018)
   

Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History
Eds. Brian Wright, Bill Nowlin
(released August 2018)
       
When Boston Still Had the Babe: The 1918 World Champion Red Sox
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released October 2018)
   

Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Paul T. Parker
(released May 2018)
       
Cincinnati’s Crosley Field: A Gem in the Queen City
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released June 2018)
   

From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors
Eds. Rob Edelman, Bill Nowlin
(released February 2018)
       
Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates
Eds. Jorge Iber, Bill Nowlin
(released March 2018)
   

Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016
Eds. Steve Weingarden, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2017)
       
The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies
Eds. C. Paul Rogers III, Bill Nowlin
(released January 2018)
   

20-Game Losers
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Emmet R. Nowlin
(released September 2017)
       
Sportsman's Park in St. Louis
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released November 2017)
   

Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Edwin Fernandez
(released June 2017)
       
Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
Eds. Rick Bush, Bill Nowlin
(released July 2017)
   

NO-HITTERS
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released May 2017)
       
The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Dan Desrochers
(released June 2017)
   

Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 2017)
       
The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring
Eds. Larry R. Gerlach, Bill Nowlin
(released March 2017)
   

Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
Eds. Steve Weingarden, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2016)
       
Overcoming Adversity: Baseball's Tony Conigliaro Award
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Clayton Trutor
(released January 2017)
   

Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings
Eds. Bob LeMoine, Bill Nowlin
(released September 2016)
       
When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2016)
   

From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released June 2016)
       
Cuban Baseball Legends: Baseball's Alternative Universe
Eds. Peter C. Bjarkman, Bill Nowlin
(released July 2016)
   

Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos
Edited by Norm King
(released April 2016)
       
Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull
Edited by Scott Ferkovich
(released May 2016)
   

The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six
Eds. Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin
(released March 2016)
       
The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy
(released March 2016)
   

The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants
Eds. Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III
(released December 2015)
       
Nuclear Powered Baseball: Articles Inspired by The Simpsons Episode "Homer At the Bat"
Eds. Emily Hawks and Bill Nowlin
(released January 2016)
   

Mustaches and Mayhem:
Charlie O's Three-Time Champions
The 1972-74 Oakland A's
Edited by Chip Greene
(released September 2015)
       
A Pennant for the Twin Cities:
The 1965 Minnesota Twins
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2015)
   

Scandal on the South Side:
The 1919 Chicago White Sox
Edited by Jacob Pomrenke
(released June 2015)
       
Braves Field: Memorable Moments
at Boston's Lost Diamond

Eds. Bill Nowlin and Bob Brady
(released August 2015)
   

'75: The Red Sox Team:
That Saved Baseball
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan
(released April 2015)
       
Calling the Game:
Baseball Broadcasting From 1920 to the Present
By Stuart Shea
(released May 2015)
   

Winning on the North Side:
The 1929 Chicago Cubs
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 2015)
       
Who's On First:
Replacement Players in World War II
Eds. Marc Z. Aaron and Bill Nowlin
(released March 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 more than 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); 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); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (June 2015); The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants (December 2015); Nuclear Powered Baseball/The Simpsons (February 2016), Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (April 2016); Cuban Baseball Legends (July 2016), Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (December 2016); Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome (February 2017), and No-Hitters (May 2017), 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); The Fenway Project (September 2013); and '75: The Red Sox Team That Saved Baseball (April 2015) 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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