The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2018

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2018.

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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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Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History
Edited by Brian Wright and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1686-6
Buy It: SABR
Summary: A SABR Digital Library book focusing on the most memorable moments in New York Mets history, from their first victory in 1962 to World Series triumphs in 1969 and ’86, to a postseason run in the 21st century.

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
By Jane Leavy

Publisher: Harper
Retail Price: $32.50 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-0623-8022-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Leavy returns with a highly anticipated biography of Babe Ruth, the man dubbed as the model for modern celebrity.

Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game
By Rob Neyer

Publisher: Harper
Retail Price: $27.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-0628-5361-5
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Neyer looks back at a 2017 game between the A’s and Astros to reveal the myriad ways in which MLB has changed on and off the field over the last few decades.

Now Taking the Field: Baseball’s All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises
By Thomas Stone

Publisher: ACTA Publications
Retail Price: $18.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8794-6666-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The author builds an all-time positional leaderboard for each MLB franchise, using advanced and traditional statistics, awards, and postseason accomplishments.

Young John McGraw Of Truxton
By Tony Kissel

Publisher: Anthony Kissell
Retail Price: $8.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-9973-2770-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The seeds to John McGraw blossoming into a future superstar were evident at an early age. Kissel focuses on McGraw’s final season as an amateur player and manager in 1889, before his fame.

New York Yankees Openers
By Lyle Spatz

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6765-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An updated version of Spatz’s book on every Opening Day celebration and game of the New York Yankees, from 1903 to 2017.

Manager of Giants: The Tactics, Temper, and True Record of John McGraw
By Lou Hernandez

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7070-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An unconventional leader, McGraw missed considerable bench time during his reign on account of injury, illness and fiery temperament. This book dives into McGraw’s record as a manager.

Baseball and American Culture: A History
By John P. Rossi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $28.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-0328-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Rossi traces the intimate connections between developments in baseball and changes in American society, dating back to the Civil War.

Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress
By Peter Devereaux

Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Retail Price: $24.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5883-4634-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A showcase of rare and colorful baseball cards from the Library of Congress’s Benjamin K. Edwards Collection, bringing to life an era of American history that saw the game explode in popularity.

Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants, and the Shaping of the Major Leagues
By Lincoln A. Mitchell

Publisher: Kent State University Press
Retail Price: $39.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6063-5359-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Mitchell looks back at baseball’s move to the West Coast in 1958 with insights into the impacts felt throughout baseball and beyond.

Insight Pitch: My Life as a Major League Closer
By Skip Lockwood

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $17.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6835-8175-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Retired MLB pitcher tells anecdotes from throughout his career, starting with his days in Little League until his retirement from baseball in 1980.

An October to Remember 1968: The Tigers-Cardinals World Series as Told by the Men Who Played in It
By Brendan Donley

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $24.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6835-8202-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Members of the 1968 pennant-winning Tigers and Cardinals reflect on an unforgettable Fall Classic fifty years later.

Ballpark 2 Ballpark: Journey Through the Minor Leagues
By John and Vicki Hoppin

Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Retail Price: $44.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6843-3059-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Take a journey through the minor leagues of professional baseball with these stories and photos from across the US and Canada.

Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season
By José I. Ramirez

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $19.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-7258-9662-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The story of Cuba’s ballplayers who were forced to choose between staying in their homeland or pursuing their professional baseball dreams in the early 1960s.

The Run Don’t Count: The Life and Times of Frank Chance and His 1908 Chicago Cubs
By Herb Gould

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $19.08 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-7326-6590-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A novel about the birth of America’s fascination with baseball, focusing on the Cubs’ last World Series win in the 20th century.

Four Decades of Seattle Mariner Baseball
By Shawn Eckhart

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $24.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9745-3710-5
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Covering the four-decade history of the Seattle Mariners and baseball in the Pacific Northwest.

Hardball Retroactive
By Derek Bain

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $22.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9796-1872-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A collection of selected articles written for, along with the author’s Baseball Analytics blog since 2010, chosen based on audience response.

Principle of the Curve, Second Inning
By Anika Orrock

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $25.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: n/a
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Summary: More than 100 pages of baseball art, writing, cartoons, quotes and comics, featuring columns by columnist Ray Orrock.

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

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $49.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-7140-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Keurajian updates his book on baseball autographs both with new Hall of Famers and contemporary prices. Good reproductions of both the real and the fakes.

Phinally! The Phillies, the Royals and the 1980 Baseball Season That Almost Wasn’t
By J. Daniel

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7088-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A history of the 1980 baseball season, from rookie sensation “Super Joe” Charboneau to the Phillies-Royals World Series.

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