Mackie: Max Weder discovers baseball history, by the book

From John Mackie at the Vancouver Sun on November 6, 2015, on SABR member Max Weder:

Max Weder loves baseball books.

“I was probably the only kid in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who went to the library and checked out Harold Seymour’s 1960 history of baseball,” he relates with a laugh.

“Which is very dry, but very good. The other book I read when I was 11, which probably no other kid in Saskatoon read, was Only The Ball Was White, which was as the first popular history of the Negro leagues.”

That was about 1970. A couple of decades later, Weder had a eureka moment at his father-in-law’s place in Nova Scotia.

“I found what I thought was a very rare book, a hardback pulp novel (with a baseball theme),” he says.

“It was something like The Grip of the Game, from the Big League series. It has a nice baseball on the (book) spine, and it was from 1924. I went ‘Oh my God, this is so weird, I’ve never seen these in any bookstore.’”

He started hunting down old baseball books. And he discovered there are a lot of them.

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Originally published: November 9, 2015. Last Updated: November 9, 2015.