SABR Digital Library: The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions, edited by Paul Hofmann and Bill Nowlin

SABR Digital Library: The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions

SABR Digital Library: The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions, edited by Paul Hofmann and Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

The 1883 Philadelphia Athletics: American Association Champions
Edited by Paul Hofmann and Bill Nowlin

Associate editors Bob LeMoine and Len Levin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-69-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-70-7, $24.95
8.5″ x 11″, 206 pages

In 1883, the Philadelphia Athletics were champions of the American Association. Although they are largely-forgotten today, the team epitomized the Beer and Whiskey League. The summer of 1883 had one of the tightest pennant races in baseball history to that point, with the Athletics edging out Chris Von Der Ahe’s St. Louis Browns by a single game. The race fueled the popularity of the game of baseball, particularly in Philadelphia and St. Louis. The Athletics were a hard-living team that connected with the working-class immigrants of Philadelphia. Despite numerous injuries, the team battled through adversity to bring Philadelphia a championship.

This book presents biographies of the ballplayers, the owners, a history of the ballpark, the Jefferson Street Grounds, and a timeline of the team’s season. Ten selected games have been written up, and a few essays on the season provide valuable historical context. The book represents the combined efforts of 28 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Contributors include: Matt Albertson, Pamela A. Bakker, Clifford Blau, Richard Bogovich, Jerrold Casway, Paul E. Doutrich, Brian C. Engelhardt, Dan Fields, Tim Hagerty, Donna L. Halper, Richard Hershberger, Paul Hofmann, Michael Huber, Bill Johnson, Chris Jones, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Dalton Mack, Michael McAvoy, Brian McKenna, Eric Miklich, Bill Nowlin, Joel Rippel, Bill Ryczek, John Thorn, Michael Wagner, Gregory H. Wolf, and John Zinn.

 

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About the SABR Digital Library

For more than 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 (2011); 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); and Jackie Robinson: Perspectives on 42 (2021), which showcase the best efforts of SABR’s members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like The Fenway Project (2013); Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox (2019); and Green Cathedrals (2020) back again.

Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find all past titles and download your favorites. Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by “print on demand” (POD).

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-book editions for free and save 50% on purchase of the paperback editions. If you’re not a member, click here to join SABR.

Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we’ll be adding to the SABR Digital Library. To learn more about SABR Publications, contact Publications Editor Cecilia Tan at ctan@sabr.org.

 

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Originally published: April 27, 2022. Last Updated: April 27, 2022.

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