SABR Digital Library: Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville

We are pleased to offer the second title in the SABR Digital Library as a free member download:

Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville
By Walter “Rabbit” Maranville
Introduction by Harold Seymour, Ph.D.; afterword by Bob Carroll
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-27-4, $5.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-26-7, $9.95
96 pages, 8.5” x 11”

Run, Rabbit, Run is the unfinished autobiography of Hall of Fame infielder Walter “Rabbit” Maranville — one of baseball’s all-time funny characters. He was a star shortstop on the “Miracle” Boston Braves’ world championship team of 1914 and, despite his 5-foot-5 stature and weak bat, sometimes served as the team’s cleanup hitter in those Deadball Era days. He did compile 2,605 career hits, but it was his stellar defensive play that kept him in the major leagues for 23 colorful seasons with the Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.

At the urging of his daughter and sports writer Max Kase, Maranville put down on paper his collection of amusing anecdotes a year before his death in 1954, just weeks before his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. For decades, the stories were virtually unread until Dallas and Ralph Graber discovered the manuscript and brought it to SABR for resurrection. SABR originally published Run, Rabbit, Run in 1991 as a benefit for members, with an introduction by famed baseball historian Dr. Harold Seymour and a biographical essay on Maranville by Bob Carroll. The text and photographs in this newly published edition of Run, Rabbit, Run remain unchanged.


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About the SABR Digital Library

For 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, which showcase the best efforts of SABR’s members, chapters and committees, but now new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like RUN, RABBIT, RUN back again. Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by “print on demand” (POD).

Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we’ll be adding to the SABR Digital Library. SABR members will get discounted rates for all e-book publications. If you’re not a member, click here to join SABR.

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Originally published: January 20, 2012. Last Updated: August 5, 2020.