Dechert: New SABR book on Colorado Rockies offers strong but standard 25-year review

From Renee Dechert at Purple Row on June 11, 2018:

As the Colorado Rockies celebrate their 25th anniversary, it’s fitting that SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) would mark the event by creating a history of the club during its first quarter century. As editor Paul T. Parker, Club Historian of the Colorado Rockies, explains in his introductory essay:

Included in that exploration are biographies of 24 of the most important players, managers, and club executives as selected by a panel of members of the Rocky Mountain chapter of SABR. In addition, 19 memorable and historical games were chosen for detailed examination.

Some 39 members (almost entirely male) have done the topic selection, writing, editing, and fact checking. Major League Baseball a mile high is a well done collection in that it sets out what it wants to do. But it also raises questions about how SABR sees itself and the writing of history.

The book begins with an essay by Roger L. Kinney describing the beginnings of the team. After that, a variety of authors (journalists, academics, Rockies-associated employees, and fans — all SABR members) provide the biographies, describe the two stadiums that have housed the Rockies, and conclude with a recap of important games.

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Originally published: June 11, 2018. Last Updated: June 11, 2018.