The SABR Bookshelf: Spring 2012

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Spring 2012

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  • A People’s History of Baseball, by Mitchell Nathanson  
  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life, by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
  • Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift, by Harvey Araton
  • Behind the Plate: A Catcher’s View of the Braves Dynasty, by Javier Lopez with Gary Caruso
  • Fenway Park: Images of America, by David Hickey, Raymond Sinibaldi and Kerry Keene
  • The Baseballl Hall of Shame:The Best of Blooperstown, by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo
  • Hit by Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball, by Molly Lawless  
  • Life Behind the Mask: Memoir of a Youth Baseball Umpire, by Michael Schafer  
  • Hardball Legends and Journeymen and Short-Timers: 333 Illustrated Baseball Biographies, by Ronnie Joyner
  • The Rank and File of 19th Century Major League Baseball: Biographies of 1,084 Players, Owners, Managers and Umpires, by David Nemec
  • Drawing Card: A Baseball Novel, by Dorothy Seymour Mills
  • Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, by Paul Dickson
  • Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball, by Christopher J. Lamb
  • Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931, by Norman L. Macht
  • Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan, by Robert K. Fitts
  • Major League Baseball Profiles 1870-1900 Vol. 1: The Ballplayers who Built the Game, by David Nemec
  • Major League Baseball Profiles 1870-1900 Vol. 2: The Hall of Famers and Memorable Personalities Who Shaped the Game, by David Nemec
  • Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us, by John Schulian
  • The Team that Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, edited by Lyle Spatz
  • Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles, edited by Mark Armour and Malcolm Allen
  • Double No-Hit: Johnny Vander Meer’s Historic Night Under the Lights, by James W. Johnson
  • Strikeout: Baseball, Broadway and the Brotherhood in the 19th Century, by James Hawking
  • Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero, by Bob Kann
  • The Last Rebel Yell: True tales from baseball’s last bastion of racial segregation: the Alabama-Florida League, by Ken Brooks
  • Deadball: A Metaphysical Baseball Novel, by David B. Stinson
  • Baseball Fantography: A Celebration in Snapshots and Stories from the Fans, by Andy Strasberg
  • The Greatest Show on Dirt: A Novel, by James Bailey
  • Baseball’s Lost Tradition: Two Eight-Team Leagues, by Eric Thompson
  • The Battle that Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy, by Daniel R. Levitt
  • 100 Things Rangers fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by Rusty Burson  
  • 100 Things Yankees Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by David Fischer  
  • Safe At Home: Willie Mays Aikens, by Gregory Jordan
  • Marietta College Baseball: The Story of the ‘Etta Express, by Gary Caruso
  • Tales from the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told, by Rich Westcott
  • Red Sox Review: 110 Years of Boston Red Sox Photos, by Mark Stang
  • Basic Ball: New Approaches for Determining the Greatest Baseball, Football and Basketball Players of All-Time, by Dave Heeren and Pete Palmer
  • Painting the Corners: A Collection of Off-Center Baseball Stories, by Bob Weintraub
  • Shipwrecked: A People’s History of the Seattle Mariners, by Jon Wells
  • Third Base For Life: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons, and Baseball, by Joshua L. Berkowitz

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Originally published: May 9, 2012. Last Updated: May 9, 2012.