The SABR Bookshelf: Summer 2020

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Summer 2020.

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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 SABR.org/ebooks.

 


SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game
Edited by Bill Nowlin

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $49.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-2268-8
Buy It: University of Nebraska Press
Summary: An anthology of 50 important and influential articles from SABR’s first 50 years, including sabermetric work by Bill James, Pete Palmer, and Dick Cramer, along with contributions by Keith Olbermann, John Thorn, Jules Tygiel, Jerry Malloy, and many more.


Harvey’s Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5926-4
Buy It: SABR
Summary: A SABR Digital Library publication on a Milwaukee Brewers team that captured the hearts and imagination of baseball fans not just in Wisconsin, but around the country.


Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5924-0
Buy It: SABR
Summary: A SABR Digital Library publication on one of the dominant teams in Negro League history, which included four Hall of Famers: outfielder James “Cool Papa” Bell, first baseman/manager Oscar Charleston, catcher Josh Gibson, and third baseman William “Judy” Johnson.


An Illustrated Introduction to Japanese Baseball Cards
By Rob Fitts

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $24.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-9725-0882-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A lavishly illustrated book that covers the history of Japanese baseball cards from the 1890s to the present day.


The Resisters: A Novel
By Gish Jen

Publisher: Knopf Books
Retail Price: $26.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-5256-5721-7
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A futuristic novel centered on a young female baseball player with a golden arm in a divided society.


A Year of Playing Catch: What a Simple Daily Experiment Taught Me about Life
By Ethan D. Bryan

Publisher: Zondervan Books
Retail Price: $18.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-3103-6030-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A year-long experiment to play catch every day took the author on a journey from Sioux Falls to Daytona Beach.


Spanking the Yankees: 366 Days of Bronx Bummers
By Gabriel Schechter

Publisher: Summer Game Books
Retail Price: $18.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-9385-4596-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A book for Yankees haters that covers everything from Opening Day blowouts to World Series failures.


The Baseball Brain: Mental Game Training for the Developing Ballplayer
By Aaron Weinstein

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $9.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-7346-3460-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A sport psychology professor draws on his experience working with the California State University-Northridge baseball team to target the mental skills tools needed to succeed.


The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated: An Irreverent Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came to Be What They Are Today
By David Nemec

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $17.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6835-8323-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An expanded and updated version of the 1999 first edition, with a thorough investigation on how the rules of baseball evolved over the years.


Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories
By Chris Williams

Publisher: Sunbury Press
Retail Price: $14.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6200-6383-5
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A compilation of baseball stories from Jackie Robinson’s Hollywood debut to Wally Pipp to Mario Mendoza.


Sports Journalism: A History of Glory, Fame, and Technology
By Patrick S. Washburn and Chris Lamb

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $60.00 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-2023-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: This history covers all sports and keeps up with how changes in technology — from cameras to the Internet — changed reporting. Significant material on MLB and the Negro Leagues.


Buzzie & The Bull: A GM, a Clubhouse Favorite, and the Dodgers’ 1965 Championship Season
By Ken LaZebnik

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1317-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A dual biography of longtime executive Buzzie Bavasi and the erstwhile outfielder and full-time bon vivant who played for him.


The Baseball Bat: From Trees to the Major Leagues, 19th Century to Today
By Stephen M. Bratkovich

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7928-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A look at the history and evolution of wooden baseball bats.


Cy Young: The Baseball Life and Career
By Lew Freedman

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7682-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A biography of one of baseball’s most celebrated pitchers, from his early days on a small Ohio farm to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Deaf Players in Major League Baseball: A History, 1883 to the Present
By R.A.R. Edwards

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $39.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7017-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The story of deaf players’ contributions to baseball, from William “Dummy” Hoy to Curtis Pride.


Arky: The Baseball Life of Joseph Floyd “Arky” Vaughan
By Frank Garland

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6980-9
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A full-life biography of the overlooked Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, drawing on recorded interviews and his daughter’s unpublished biography.


Hardball Architects – Volume 1 (American League)
By Derek Bain

Publisher: Self-published
Retail Price: $19.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-0973-3498-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The first of a two-volume study of roster construction for all major-league franchises, this one focusing on American League teams.


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