The SABR Bookshelf: Summer 2017

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Summer 2017.

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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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Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1655-2
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Summary: A SABR BioProject publication focusing on the players involved in the 1948 Negro League World Series with the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs.

Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Edwin Fernandez

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9438-1652-1
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Summary: 60 player biographies, two ballpark biographies, and an article on major-league games played in Puerto Rico.

Connie Mack’s First Dynasty: The Philadelphia Athletics, 1910–1914
By Lew Freedman

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7864-9627-3
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Summary: Connie Mack’s first championship dynasty won three World Series behind future Hall of Famers Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Eddie Plank, and Home Run Baker.

The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques
By Jay Jaffe

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Retail Price: $25.99 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-2500-7121-7
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Summary: The creator of the JAWS ranking system unveils a modern analysis of the Hall of Fame and its inductees on par with Bill James’s efforts from a generation ago.

Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever
By Kevin Cook

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Retail Price: $30.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-2501-1656-7
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Summary: A narrative of the classic Dodgers-Yankees World Series in 1947, focusing on the obscure role players who made it memorable.

Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America
By Thomas J. Whalen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $35.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4422-3316-4
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Summary: The story of the 1967 World Series between the Cardinals and Red Sox, using the tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop.

Latino Stars in Major League Baseball: From Bobby Abreu to Carlos Zambrano
By Jonathan Weeks

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $36.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4422-8172-1
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Summary: Looks at 11 countries and territories around the Caribbean, discusses the history of baseball in each country, its greatest stars and its current players.

The Best Season: The Challenging Finish
By Bob May

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Retail Price: $26.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5569-5
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: This edition completes the two-book “Best Season” series honoring black baseball through the author’s game simulation.

Mexican American Baseball in El Paso
By Richard A. Santillán, Eric Enders, Pete G. Flores, Donavan López, and Jorge Iber

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Retail Price: $21.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4671-2660-1
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Summary: A photographic history of Mexican American baseball in the El Paso-Juárez border region.

The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans
Edited by Chris Arvidson and Diana Nelson Jones

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $19.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6983-0
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Summary: Thirty essays from varying authors divided into sections on spring training, the pennant races, and the postseason.

The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball, 2d ed.
Edited by Jonathan Fraser Light

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $49.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7232-8
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Summary: An updated edition of a cultural baseball reference book that covers everything from advertising to superstitions.

Visualizing Baseball
By Jim Albert

Publisher: CRC Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4987-8275-3
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Summary: A visual exploration of baseball, with illustrations focusing on modern statistical ideas and insights.

The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport
By Rafi Kohan

Publisher: Liveright
Retail Price: $18.30 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6314-9127-6
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Summary: Exploring the culture of American sports arenas covering everything from jet flyovers to concessions to mascots and the economy.

Between the Innings
By Dan J. Kirk

Publisher: Pocol Press
Retail Price: $21.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9297-6375-7
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Summary: A fictional story about the test of friendship between August Monroe and Kevin Bentworth as they progress from childhood to the Majors.

Nashville Baseball History: From Sulphur Dell to the Sounds
By Bill Traughber

Publisher: Summer Game Books
Retail Price: $17.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9385-4583-2
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Summary: Essays, player profiles, statistics, and pictures tracing the 130+ year history of baseball in Nashville, Tennessee.

Danger at the Ballpark
By Jack Herskowitz

Publisher: Trimark Press
Retail Price: $14.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9434-0132-1
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Summary: The author tells of his near-tragic experience at a ballpark, recounts other stories of fans who have been seriously injured, and looks at the laws that protect MLB.

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