The SABR Bookshelf: Winter 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 Winter 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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Winter 2014

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

  • The Forgotten History of African American Baseball, by Lawrence Hogan
  • Curse of the Black Bambino: Baseball’s Failure to Attract African-American Athletes, by Anup Sinha
  • Ball Nuts: A Mad 1977 Baseball Replay Odyssey, by Jeff Polman 
  • Babe Ruth’s Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball’s Greatest Home Run, by Ed Sherman 
  • Gib Bodet, Major League Scout: Twelve Thousand Baseball Games and Six Million Miles, by Gib Bodet as told to P.J. Dragseth
  • Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World, by David M. Sutera
  • The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball, by Benjamin Baumer and Andrew Zimbalist 
  • Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos: How the Best Team in Baseball Ended up in Washington 10 Years Later, by Danny Gallagher and Bill Young 
  • Analyzing Baseball Data with R, by Max Marchi and Jim Albert 
  • 521: The Story of Ted Williams’ Home Runs, by Bill Nowlin 
  • Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Wildest Times in Baseball History, by Mark Halfon 
  • Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey, by Tim Hornbaker 
  • Great Stuff: Baseball’s Most Amazing Pitching Feats, by Rich Westcott
  • The Closer: A Baseball Love Story, by Alan Mindell
  • Base-Ball: How to Become a Player, by John Montgomery Ward 
  • The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston’s Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions, edited by Bill Nowlin 
  • New Century, New Team: The 1901 Boston Americans, edited by Bill Nowlin
  • Angels in the Ozarks: Professional Baseball in Fayetteville and the Arkansas State/Arkansas-Missouri League 1934-1940, by J.B. Hogan
  • White Elephant: The Rise and Fall of Miami Baseball Stadium, by Rolando Llanes 
  • Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876–1950, by Scott Simkus
  • Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, by Jonah Keri
  • Hits and Misses in the Baseball Draft: What the Top Picks Teach Us About Selecting Tomorrow’s Major League Stars, by Alan Maimon and Chuck Myron 
  • The A’s: A Baseball History, by David M. Jordan
  • The Irish and the Making of American Sport, 1835-1920, by Patrick R. Redmond


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

Originally published: February 20, 2014. Last Updated: February 20, 2014.