The SABR Bookshelf: Summer 2016

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Summer 2016.

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Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull
Edited by Scott Ferkovich

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $6.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1620-0
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Summary: A collaborative work from the SABR Games Project, detailing 50 classic games at “The Corner” — home of the Detroit Tigers for the entire 20th century.

From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1622-4
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Summary: From the SABR Games Project, the story of 72 memorable games played at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, along with insightful essays about the history of the ballpark.

Cuban Baseball Legends: Baseball’s Alternative Universe
Leyendas del Béisbol Cubano: El Universo Alternativo del Béisbol

Edited by Peter C. Bjarkman and Bill Nowlin
Transcribed by Reynaldo Cruz

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1625-5
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Summary: SABR’s first bilingual book, available in English and Spanish editions, focuses on legendary ballplayers from Cuba’s rich baseball history.

The Baseball Whisperer: A small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams
By Michael Tackett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Retail Price: $26.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-544-38764-5
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Summary: A story about how a small-town coach from Iowa built a professional-caliber summer baseball program, which included Ozzie Smith, Bud Black, and Von Hayes.

The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton
By Audrey Vernick

Publisher: Clarion Books
Retail Price: $17.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-5446-1163-4
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Summary: A picture book aimed at youth readers about the story of 10-year-old Edith Houghton trying out for a women’s professional baseball team in 1922 and following her dream to play baseball.

Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher
By Keith Craig

Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Retail Price: $40.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4422-5219-6
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Summary: The first biography on the New York Yankees pitcher of the 1920s and later Philadelphia Phillies general manager.

Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them
By Jonathan Weeks

Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Retail Price: $40.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4422-6156-3
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Summary: An examination of 22 of baseball’s most iconic teams and the players who made them great.

The Games That Changed Baseball: Milestones in Major League History
By John G. Robertson and Andy Saunders

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6226-8
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Summary: Robertson and Saunders present accounts and box scores for 43 games they consider the milestones of major-league history, from the NL’s first game to last year’s game with nobody in attendance.

Chronology of Latin Americans in Baseball, 1871-2015
By Lou Hernandez

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6227-5
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Summary: A combination reference book and history that covers the inroads and achievements made in pro baseball by Latin Americans.

From Buck To Pudge: The Evolution of Baseball’s Catcher’s Mitt, 1888-2015
By Richard Macaluso

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5239-2436-3
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Summary: A detailed study of the evolution of the catcher’s mitt from the late 19th century to today.

Mets By The Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Amazin’ Mets by Uniform Number
By John Springer and Matthew Silverman

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $14.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-61321-869-3
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Summary: By ascending uniform number, from Mookie Wilson (1) to Turk Wendell (99), this revised edition is a catalog of the more than 1,000 players in Mets history since 1962.

Washington Nationals A-Z
By Ann Lambert Good

Publisher: Mascot Books
Retail Price: $14.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6317-7624-3
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Summary: A compilation of information about the Washington Nationals, from yearly statistics to a history of baseball in the nation’s capital.

Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns
By J. Thomas Hetrick

Publisher: Pocol Press
Retail Price: $9.95 (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1-9297-6349-8
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Summary: A new e-book edition of a 2000 Seymour Medal finalist, on one of the most colorful and successful 19th-century baseball figures.

Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died
By Steve Dahl and Dave Hoekstra

Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing
Retail Price: $34.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9404-3075-1
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Summary: The Chicago disc jockey who hosted the infamous Disco Demolition Night in 1979 at Comiskey Park tells his story of the event, which changed America’s disco culture forever.

Bienvenido a Cuba
By Julio Rodriguez

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $9.99 (Kindle)
ISBN: n/a
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Summary: A brief history of Cuba, focusing on the United States embargo and the two countries’ shared passion for baseball.

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