The SABR Bookshelf: Summer 2012

Periodically throughout the year, publishes listings of new books that are received at the SABR office. This feature is called The SABR Bookshelf, continuing a popular section from the old SABR Bulletin.

Here are The SABR Bookshelf listings for Summer 2012:

To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Society for American Baseball Research, 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

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Bolded names indicates that the author(s) is a SABR member. Click here for a list of publishers found in the SABR Bookshelf, along with their contact information.

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Summer 2012

Click the link above for more detailed information on each of these books:

  • Baseball’s Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball’s 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe, by Paul Kocak
  • ‘The Deacon’s’ Daughter, by Carol McKechnie Montgomery with Jerry Hanks 
  • Legal Decisions that Shaped Modern Baseball, by Patrick K. Thornton 
  • Packaging Baseball: How Marketing Embellishes the Cultural Experience, by Mathew J. Bartkowiak and Yuya Kiuchi 
  • Addie Joss on Baseball, edited by Rich Blevins 
  • Ty Cobb: Two Biographies, by H.G. Salsinger, edited by William R. Cobb 
  • John Tortes “Chief” Meyers: A Baseball Biography, by William A. Young 
  • Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies, by Bruce Morgan 
  • Base Ball Pioneers 1850-1879: The Clubs and Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide, edited by Peter Morris, Bill Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Len Levin and Richard Malatzky 
  • Buck Ewing: A Baseball Biography, by Roy Kerr 
  • Of Monarchs and Black Barons: Essays on Baseball’s Negro Leagues, by James A. Riley 
  • Baseball State by State: Major and Negro League Players, Ballparks, Museums and Historical Sites, by Chris Jensen 
  • Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life, by Katya Cengel 
  • The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950, by William M. Anderson 
  • “If You Were Only White”: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige, by Donald Spivey
  • Dick Siebert: A Life In Baseball, by Joel Rippel
  • Diamonds and Diplomas: How to Get Recruited to Play College Baseball, by Bill Ballew
  • Ron Santo: A Perfect 10, by Pat Hughes and Rich Wolfe
  • Baseball’s Rare Triple Crown, by Michael Francis Mann
  • Knuckleball: The Uncertainties of (a) life, by Ken Beckley
  • My Baseball Journey: A Broadcaster’s Memoir, by Bill Brown and Tim Gregg
  • World Series Winners: What it Takes to Claim Baseball’s Ultimate Prize, by Ross Bernstein
  • They Call Me Oil Can, by Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd with Mike Shalin
  • Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger, by Steve Aschburner
  • Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball, by Frederick G. Lieb
  • You Stink! Terrible Teams & Pathetic Players, by Eric J. Wittenberg and Michael Aubrecht
  • The Man in the Crowd: A Fan’s Notes on Four Generations of New York Baseball, by Stanley Cohen
  • Season of ’42: Joe D, Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball’s First Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War, by Jack Cavanaugh
  • Nine Aces and a Joker: Defining Seasons from British Baseball’s Standout Pitchers, by Joe Gray
  • The Hall of Nearly Great, edited by Jason Wojciechowski & Marc Normandin


To see all past listings from the SABR Bookshelf, click here.


Originally published: August 29, 2012. Last Updated: August 29, 2012.