The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2012

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Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes
By John Rosengren

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New American Library $26.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-451-23576-3 Amazon
  • Summary: A biography of the Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer, focusing on his Jewish faith and the adversity he faced in his big-league career.

Small Town Baseball, Big League Dreams
By Bob Meyer

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Meyer Books $15.00 (sftcvr) 978-0-6156-5475-1 Email the author
  • Summary: Collection of stories about baseball in Eastern Iowa, from the town teams of the early 1900s to post-WWII semipro powerhouses.

Images of America: Baseball in Orange County
By Chris Epting

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Arcadia Publishing $21.99 (sftcvr) 978-0-7385-9328-9 Amazon
  • Summary: Epting, also the author of the “Los Angeles’s Historic Ballparks” title in the Images of America series, has compiled this pictorial history of baseball in Orange County, California — from Walter Johnson’s high school days to the Angels in Anaheim.

Deacon Bill McKechnie: A Baseball Biography
By Mitchell Conrad Stinson

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-6066-3 Amazon
  • Summary: Chronicles the life of the Hall of Fame manager of Pirates, Braves, Cards and Reds, winning two World Series and an All-Star Game.

Reasoning with Sabermetrics: Applying Statistical Science to Baseball’s Tough Questions
By Gabriel B. Costa, Michael R. Huber and John T. Saccoman

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-6071-7 Amazon
  • Summary: This book takes sabermetric principles and formulae and applies them to questions of baseball history, such as “How Good were the 1961 New York Yankees?” It examines 58 such questions, winding up with an essay on whether sabermetric analysis makes a difference.

Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth
By L.M. Sutter

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-6138-7 Amazon
  • Summary: The first full-length biography of Latham brings alive the “Freshest Man on Earth,” as both player and public personality, covering his playing career, his years in vaudeville and his return as one of the first non-playing coaches.

Kid Nichols: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Pitcher
By Richard Bogovich

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-6522-4 Amazon
  • Summary: Nichols was the youngest pitcher to reach the 300-win plateau and this work explores his youth, pitching career, contentious relations with owners and the campaign to get him into the Hall of Fame.

Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler: A Baseball Biography
By Ronald T. Waldo

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-6885-0 Amazon
  • Summary: One of the best baseball names in history, a stalwart of the great Cubs teams of the 1920s and 1930s, Cuyler receives the full biographical treatment from his days as in an automotive assembly plant to the post-playing years.

Big Klu: The Baseball Life of Ted Kluszewski
By William A. Cook

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-6999-4 Amazon
  • Summary: With his biceps on display, Ted Kluszewski was one of the dominant sluggers of the 1950s. This book explores his baseball and football careers and the back injury that limited his time at the top.

Players and Teams of the National Association, 1871-1875
By Paul Batesel

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McFarland & Co. $35.00 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-7012-9 Amazon
  • Summary: Combines short biographies of major players of the National Association, with encyclopedia-type entries on the teams, including grounds, uniforms, managements and annual summaries.

Occasional Glory: The History of the Philadelphia Phillies, Second Edition
By David M. Jordan

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McFarland & Co. $35.00 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-7028-0 Amazon
  • Summary: Jordan has updated his history of the Phillies from his 2002 original, adding information on the World Series and playoff teams of the intervening decade.

Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide
By Ron Keurajian

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McFarland & Co. $49.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-7050-1 Amazon
  • Summary: A highly useful reference work for the autograph collector with an essay on each Hall of Famer and examples of their signing styles over the course of their lives. Includes an essay on fakes and forgeries as well as noting examples for individual members.

When Baseball Was Still King: Major League Players Remember the 1950s
By Gene Fehler

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McFarland & Co. $39.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-7065-5 Amazon
  • Summary: Fehler interviewed 123 players and organizes their comments around 17 topics, such as Playing Fields, Trades and Injuries.

New York Versus New York, 1962: The Birth of the Yankees-Mets Rivalry
By Bill Morales

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-7090-7 Amazon
  • Summary: In 1962, the fledgling New York Mets were sharing the city with the perennial champion New York Yankees. The National League was back in the Big Apple but its future would be shaped by a rivalry of opposites.

Baseball and Social Class: Essays on the Democractic Game that Isn’t
Edited by Ronald E. Kates and Warren Tormey

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McFarland & Co. $39.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-7239-0 Amazon
  • Summary: Thirteen essays on the issues of social class and how they are reflected through baseball, including thoughts on fiction, Eddie Collins, Jackie Robinson and Rube Marquard.

Making It in the Minors: A Team Owner’s Lessons in the Business of Baseball
By Arthur P. Solomon with Allyn I. Freeman

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McFarland & Co. $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-0-7864-9297-8 Amazon
  • Summary: Solomon bought minor league teams in Manchester, New Hamphshire, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and explains much about the ins and outs of buying, running and profiting from minor league baseball.

Baseball Myths: Debating, Debunking and Disproving Tales From the Diamond
By Bill Deane


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Scarecrow Press $40.00 (hdcvr) 978-0-810-88546-2 Amazon
  • Summary: Authored by the former senior research associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this book covers legends as well-documented as Abner Doubleday’s “invention” of baseball to the origin of Willie Mays Aikens’ name.

Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History
By Jonathan Weeks

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Scarecrow Press $40.00 (hdcvr) 978-0-8108-8533-2 Amazon
  • Summary: Stories of the most luckless and inept teams in major league history, from the 1899 Cleveland Spiders to the 2003 Detroit Tigers.

Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives
By Richard A. Cuicchi

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Self-published $29.95 (sftcvr) 978-1-105-83563-6 Amazon
  • Summary: Reference book which breaks relationships down into such categories as fathers-sons, brothers, playing on same team, playing as opponents and a dozen other categories, plus trivia.

The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
By Doug Wilson

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Thomas Dunne Books $25.99 (sftcvr) 978-1-250-00492-5 Amazon
  • Summary: The first full-length biography of the flamboyant Detroit Tigers pitcher, from his unforgettable rookie season in 1976 to his early death in 2009.

Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics With Baseball
By Stanley Rothman


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Johns Hopkins University Press $85.00 (hdcvr) 978-1-4214-0602-2 Amazon
  • Summary: A statistics textbook from Quinnipiac University professor that includes interesting facts from the history of baseball to help students learn the world of statistics and probability.


The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2013
Edited by Dave Studenmund

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CreateSpace $15.99 (sftcvr) 978-1-48027-381-8 Amazon
  • Summary: The Hardball Times’ annual review of the 2012 baseball season, with prospect reviews and guest commentary from many SABR authors.

Red Sox By The Numbers
By Bill Nowlin and Matthew Silverman

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Skyhorse Publishing $14.95 (sftcvr) 978-1-60239-995-2 Amazon
  • Summary: From Bobby Doerr (#1) to Jason Larocque (#88), this book presents lists and anecdotes about who wore each number, and then provides year by year rosters.

Bucky: A Story of Baseball in the Deadball Era
By Fred W. Veil

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Wheatmark $16.95 (sftcvr) 978-1-604-94813-4 Amazon
  • Summary: A novel about baseball in the first decade of the 20th century, told from the perspective of real-life Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bucky Veil — the author’s grandfather.

Fenway Park at 100: Baseball’s Hometown
By Bill Nowlin and Jim Prime

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Skyhorse Publishing $29.95 (hdcvr) 978-1-61321-001-7 Amazon
  • Summary: Contemporary color photographs and extensive historical text look into all the nooks and crannies of the iconic ballpark.

Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960
By Andy Jurinko and Christopher Jennison

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Skyhorse Publishing $50.00 (hdcvr) 978-1-61608-450-9 Amazon
  • Summary: Artist Andy Jurinko offers his original portraits of baseball players and ballparks from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with text supplied by sports writer Christopher Jennison.

Baseball’s Biggest Miracle: The 1914 Boston Braves
By John Holway with Frank Ceresi

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Miniver Press $0.99 (Kindle) n/a Amazon
  • Summary: The 1914 Boston Braves had one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, from last place on the Fourth of July to a World Series sweep of Connie Mack’s mighty Philadelphia A’s.


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