The SABR Bookshelf: Summer 2014

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 2014:

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. An e-book file will also suffice; please send the e-book in PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI format to

To ensure a listing in The Baseball Index — SABR’s online catalog of baseball research materials at — make sure a review copy is sent to The Baseball Index, 4025 Beechwood Pl., Riverside, CA 92506.

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 2014

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

  • Yesterday’s Tiger Heroes: The Detroit Tigers and the 1956 Baseball Season, by Jim Sargent
  • Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hellraiser, by Austin Gisriel
  • Sol White’s Official Baseball Guide, by Solomon White, with introduction and notes by Gary Ashwill
  • A Whole Lot of Bar-B-Q: and Other Baseball Stories, by Mike Shannon
  • Baseball Skippers and Their Crews: The History of Every Major League Manager and Coach – 1871-2014, by Thomas W. Brucato 
  • The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang, edited by Charles F. Faber
  • Baseball: The Fans’ Game, by Gordon S. (Mickey) Cochrane
  • Japanese American Baseball in California: A History, by Kerry Yo Nakagawa
  • The Texas League Baseball Almanac, by David King and Tom Kayser
  • The Bridgeport Hammer, by Jonathan Weeks
  • Baseball on the Prairie: How Seven Small-Town Teams Shaped Texas League History, by Kris Rutherford
  • Strike Four! The Crankshaft Baseball Book, by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers
  • How Baseball Explains America, by Hal Bodley 
  • Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural, edited by Rick Wilber 
  • Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond, by Jonathan Weeks
  • The Devil’s Snake Curve: A Fan’s Notes From Left Field, by Josh Ostergaard
  • Three Up – Three Down: Pearls of Wisdom, by Merrianna L. McCully
  • The All-In-One Baseball Stat ‘Effectiveness of Advanced Bases’ (EAB), by Alfredo Nasiff Fors
  • Baseball’s Greatest Comeback: The Miracle Braves of 1914, by J. Brian Ross
  • The 1928 New York Yankees: The Return of Murderers’ Row, by Charlie Gentile
  • Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak, by William Povletich
  • Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues, by Michael Lomax
  • Inventing Baseball Heroes: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and the Sporting Press in America, by Amber Roessner
  • Winning in Both Leagues: Reflections from Baseball’s Front Office, by J. Frank Cashen
  • When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime, by Ryan A. Swanson
  • Forfeits and Successfully Protested Games in Major League Baseball: A Complete Record, 1871-2013, by David Nemec and Eric Miklich
  • Baseball Explained, by Phillip Mahony
  • When in Doubt, Fire the Skipper: Midseason Managerial Changes in Major League Baseball, by Gary Webster 
  • The Set-Up Men: Race, Culture and Resistance in Black Baseball, by Sarah L. Trembanis 
  • Old Comiskey Park: Essays and Memories of the Historic Home of the Chicago White Sox, 1910-1991, edited by Floyd Sullivan
  • Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life, by Dennis Snelling
  • Lefty Grove and the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics, by Robert P. Broadwater
  • Ed McKean: Slugging Shortstop of the Cleveland Spiders, by Rich Blevins
  • Lead Me Out to the Ballgame: Stories and Strategies to Develop Major League Leadership, by Howard C. Fero and Rebecca L. Herman


To see previous listings in the SABR Bookshelf, click here.


Originally published: September 2, 2014. Last Updated: September 2, 2014.