The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2019

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Fall 2019.

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

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.

In addition, check out new books published by SABR at


The Babe

The Babe
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5917-2
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Summary: A SABR Digital Library publication with 80 original stories of memorable moments from Babe Ruth’s Hall of Fame career.

Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox
Edited by Don Zminda

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5910-3
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Summary: A SABR Digital Library publication on a beloved White Sox team that broke a 40-year pennant drought on Chicago’s South Side.

The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5915-8
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Summary: A SABR Digital Library publication with memories of the storied Chicago ballpark and detailed summaries of more than 80 games played there.

San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team
By Lincoln Mitchell

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Retail Price: $34.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9788-0734-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Tracing the evolution of San Francisco through an examination of three key events in 1978: the political assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, the explosion of the city’s punk rock music scene, and the resurgence of the Giants baseball team.

The Blake Street Bombers
By Manny Randhawa

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $24.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-7014-2852-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Biographies of the five Colorado Rockies sluggers — Dante Bichette, Ellis Burks, Vinny Castilla, Andres Galarraga, and Larry Walker — who laid the groundwork for the franchise’s first period of success in the 1990s.

The Workingman’s Game: Waverly, New York, the Twin Tiers and the Making of Modern Baseball, 1887-1898
By William H. Brewster

Publisher: Luminare Press
Retail Price: $17.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6438-8232-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Brewster’s research on baseball in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania in the late 19th century places the game in the context of the era’s social changes and the stabilization of the game.

Bases to Bleachers: A Collection of Personal Baseball Stories from the Stands and Beyond
By Eric Gray

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $19.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6411-1179-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A collection of stories shared with the author about people’s most memorable days at the ballpark.

Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life
By Jim Ingraham

Publisher: Gray & Company
Retail Price: $16.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5985-1110-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A biography of a player once known as the “Human Rain Delay” who went on to success as a manager with the Cleveland Indians in the 1990s.

Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player
By Jeremy Beer

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-0550-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The first full-length biography of the Negro Leagues star who was also the first black scout for a major-league team.

Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History, Second Edition
By Josh Chetwynd

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $49.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7788-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An update of Chetwynd’s 2008 book with a new look at Europe’s progress in the World Baseball Classic and European players signed by MLB teams.

Building the Brewers: Bud Selig and the Return of Major League Baseball to Milwaukee
By Chris Zantow

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7263-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Follows Milwaukee baseball from the American Association’s Brewers through the Braves and the first decade of the AL’s Brewers.

James T. Farrell & Baseball: Dream & Realism on Chicago’s South Side
By Charles DeMotte

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Retail Price: $45.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8122-4572-1
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Summary: A social history of baseball on Chicago’s South Side, drawing on the writings of the famed novelist.

Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame
By Barry Zito with Robert Noland

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Retail Price: $26.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7852-2766-3
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Summary: The former Cy Young Award winner known for his eccentricities and guitar playing off the field shares his story in a new autobiography.

Sixty-One in ’61: Roger Maris Home Runs Game by Game
By Robert M. Gorman

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-7262-5
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Summary: The title makes you think it’s an expanded list, but Gorman provides an essay on every home run and delves into many side issues.

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City
By Paul Goldberger

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Retail Price: $35.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-3077-0154-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic looks at the history of baseball through its ballparks and how they reflect the evolution of urban design.

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Compiled by Jesse Morrison.