McGraw and Mathewson: Out of copyright authors

From SABR member Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus on January 31, 2012:

I’m always in awe of the digital age we live in. Everything is on demand and at your fingertips. Music, movies, television, video games – they can all be enjoyed anywhere you are almost instantly. Books are the same way, with all the various e-book readers on the market now. In fact, instantly downloadable electronic books are so prevalent that each and every one of us can even read books about baseball written by turn-of-the-century Hall of Famers with just a few clicks of a mouse button.

Currently, there are at least five different baseball books available free on Google Books written by early-20th century baseball stars, including legendary Hall of Famers John McGraw and Christy Mathewson. These books are also available in other ebook stores, but the prices and availability differ.

Here’s a brief look at the five books on Google Books so far. Full disclosure: I have not read through all of these books, so my impressions may be incomplete or inaccurate. Feel free to download them yourself (for free!) and let me know where I’m wrong.

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Related link: Download your free e-book copy of the newest additions to the SABR Digital Library, “Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts And Their Profession” and “Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville”

Originally published: January 31, 2012. Last Updated: January 31, 2012.