Time for Expansion Baseball

SABR Digital Library: Time for Expansion Baseball

Add a brand-new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection this season:

Time for Expansion Baseball
Edited by Maxwell Kates and Bill Nowlin

Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers

ISBN (paperback):
978-4-2940-9768-7, $24.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1688-0, $9.99

429 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

The Los Angeles Angels and the “new” Washington Senators ushered in baseball’s expansion in 1961, followed quickly by the Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets. By 1998, ten additional franchises had been awarded with the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Pilots, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays coming into the American League, and the Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, and Arizona Diamondbacks to the National League.

Since then, some of those teams have relocated or changed names, but Time for Expansion Baseball tells the story of how each franchise was formed, built its team, and began play. Biographies of key players from each team’s early years are also included, from early Angels like Eli Grba and Duke Maas to Senator Tom Sturdivant, from Seattle Pilots Tommy Harper and Lou Piniella to Seattle Mariners Julio Cruz and Rick Jones. Featuring a foreword by Tal Smith, who has done three separate stints in the Houston front office, and the contributions of 54 SABR members, Time for Expansion Baseball also includes dozens of photos from team historical archives.

Contributors include: Mark Armour, John Bauer, Richard Bogovich, Stephen D. Boren, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Alan Cohen, Warren Corbett, Rory Costello, Tom Cuggino, John DiFonzo, Jeff Findley, Adam Foldes, Steve Friedman, Danny Gallagher, Paul Geisler, Brian Geller, Peter M. Gordon, Tom Hawthorn, Leslie Heaphy, Paul Hofmann, Chuck Johnson, Chris Jones, Maxwell Kates, Stephen Keeney, Roger Kinney, Paul Ladewski, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Max Mannis, Mel Marmer, Michael Marsh, Andy McCue, Bill Mullins, Rob Neyer, Bill Nowlin, Carl Riechers, Joel Rippel, John T. Saccoman, Rick Schabowski, Steven D. Schmitt, Andrew Sharp, David E. Skelton, Tal Smith, Glen Sparks, Mark S. Sternman, Jeb Stewart, John Struth, Dan Taylor, Eric Thompson, Joseph Thompson, Clayton Trutor, Dale Voiss, Mark Wernick, and Gregory H. Wolf.


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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 (released in December 2011); Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish! (December 2012); Sweet ’60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (April 2013); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (July 2013); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (June 2015); The Team That Time Won’t Forget: The 1951 New York Giants (December 2015); Nuclear Powered Baseball/The Simpsons (February 2016), Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (April 2016); Cuban Baseball Legends (July 2016); Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (December 2016); Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome (February 2017); No-Hitters (May 2017); Puerto Rico and Baseball (June 2017); Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series (July 2017), The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant (January 2018), and Major League Baseball A Mile High: The First Quarter Century of the Colorado Rockies (May 2018), 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 Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville (February 2012), Great Hitting Pitchers (March 2012), Nineteenth Century Stars (August 2012); Batting (January 2013); The Fenway Project (September 2013); ’75: The Red Sox Team That Saved Baseball (April 2015), and The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field (June 2017) back again.

Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by “print on demand” (POD).

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. 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: December 3, 2018. Last Updated: August 20, 2020.