The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2017

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2017.

To get your NEW book listed on The SABR Bookshelf, make sure a review copy is sent to: The SABR Bookshelf, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. An e-book file will also suffice; please send the e-book in PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI format to

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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.

In addition, check out new books published by SABR at


Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis: Home to the Browns and Cardinals at Grand and Dodier
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-943816-60-6
Buy It: SABR
Summary: More than 40 SABR members contributed stories on the most memorable moments at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, home of the Cardinals and Browns from 1909 to 1966.

20-Game Losers
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Emmet R. Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-943816-58-3
Buy It: SABR
Summary: Biographies and stories on the many pitchers who have lost 20 games in a season, including 23 Hall of Famers.

The Call
By Laurie Boris

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $14.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-973970-97-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The fictional story of one of the first female minor-league umpires and adversity she faces. She suspects a big-name slugger of cheating and she is at a crossroads: expose him and risk her career, or let him cheat.

Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer II: More Baseball Legends, Myths, Stories, and Trivia
By K.P. Wee

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $11.49 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-545214-23-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The author looks at twenty obscure baseball stories told ballplayers, coaches, and broadcasters, then repeated by fans. The author then questions if the stories are myths or realities. He also reminds us of forgotten knuckleballers and asks some trivia questions.

St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team
By Bill Borst, Bill Rogers, and Ed Wheatley

Publisher: Reedy Press
Retail Price: $36.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-681061-17-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A colorful pictorial book covering the St. Louis Browns’ history from 1901 to 1953 with vintage artifacts and photographs.

No Bull: The Real Story of the Rebirth of a Team and a City
By Ron Morris

Publisher: Baseball America
Retail Price: $22.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-932391-66-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The true story of the birth of Durham as a city, the Bulls as a team, and the rise of Baseball America in baseball media.

By Heather Camlot

Publisher: Red Deer Press
Retail Price: $12.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-889955-48-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The story of a 12-year-old boy who lives in a poor Jewish neighborhood and his journey to moving him and his family to the richer part of Montreal. This boy uses Jackie Robinson, who is playing for the Montreal Royals in the mid-1940s, as his inspiration.

The New Boys of Summer: Baseball’s Radical Transformation in the Late Sixties
By Paul Hensler

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $39.99 (hrdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-538102-59-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Paul Hensler examines how the issues in the United States impacted the game of baseball. The book also covers the massive transformation that baseball goes through around the hundred-year anniversary of Major League Baseball.

National Pastime: U.S. History Through Baseball
By Martin C. Babicz and Thomas W. Zeiler

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $36.00 (hrdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-442235-84-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: This book combines the history of the game with broader analyses of America’s historical and cultural developments.

Fate’s Take-Out Slide: A Baseball Scout Recalls Can’t-Miss Prospects Who Did
By George Genovese with Dan Taylor

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7010-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Long-time scout Genovese tells his own story of over half a century as player and scout before delving into the stories of failed prospects.

Baseball on the Brink: The Crisis of 1968
By William J. Ryczek

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6848-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Ryczek focuses on baseball’s troubles in the late 1960s — a weak commissioner, a lack of hitting and the malaise of Vietnam all played a part.

Player Won-Lost Records in Baseball, Measuring Performance in Context
By Tom Thress

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7024-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Thress system seeks to remove the effects of teammates performance and measure a player solely on his own work.

Black Baseball in New York City: An Illustrated History, 1885-1959
By Larry Lester

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-7046-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Lavishly illustrated and put into context by Lester’s decades of research and scholarship. He covers black ball from before the Negro Leagues, through their era and into the early years of blacks in MLB.

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