DECEMBER 16, 2021 — Ten years ago, the SABR Digital Library launched a new publishing program with our first title: Can He Play? A Look at Baseball Scouts and Their Profession, edited by Jim Sandoval and Bill Nowlin. This original book on baseball scouts collected the contributions of 26 SABR members with biographies and historical essays on the men and women who have scoured the world to discover and sign the best baseball players.
Since December 2011, under the leadership of SABR Publications Director Cecilia Tan, the SABR Digital Library has published 85 baseball books on subjects as wide-ranging and diverse as umpires, Cuban baseball legends, and the 1969 Miracle Mets.
One of the many benefits of becoming a SABR member is that any member can download — for free — each and every one of our Digital Library titles as e-book editions, or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback editions.
Several of the books in the Digital Library are re-publications of earlier books, titles that SABR itself had previously published or were in collaboration with other publishers such as Maple Street Press and Rounder Books, including The Fenway Project (2013); Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox (2019); and Green Cathedrals (2020). Work went into updating and offering those books again. But the lion’s share of the books are brand-new projects created by SABR members over these past 10 years, including:
- Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (2013)
- Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (2015)
- Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (2016)
- The Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords (2020)
- Jackie Robinson: Perspectives on 42 (2021)
More than 975 SABR members have contributed to a SABR Digital Library publication over the past decade, as authors, editors, fact-checkers, designers, or in other valuable roles. Want to get involved? Click here to learn more about our publishing opportunities for SABR members.
Originally published: December 16, 2021. Last Updated: December 17, 2021.