The SABR Bookshelf: Winter 2018

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Winter 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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Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016
Edited By Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-943816-63-7
Buy It: SABR
Summary: This book details the intricacies that occur during MLB’s Winter Meetings. The authors give readers an inside look at the various facets of the Winter Meetings from 1958-2016.

The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies
Edited By C. Paul Rogers III and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-943816-31-6
Buy It: SABR
Summary: This SABR Digital Library book tells the story of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies, a highly-touted squad with very high expectations. It also includes biographies of players on the squad, fully characterizing this team, known as “The Whiz Kids”.

The Cornfield Boys
By Douglas Quinn

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $19.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-977871-96-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Quinn tells a story of two men playing in the Negro Leagues during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The story depicts their journey to reach the Negro Leagues and the events that take place throughout their lives.

Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza
By Lawrence Baldassaro

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $24.99 (hrdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-683581-11-6
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Summary: Baldassaro details first-person accounts from major-leaguers of Italian heritage. Spanning from the 1930s to the present, these stories embrace various aspects of the game, giving readers an inside look into the life in the MLB.

Roy Sievers: The Sweetest Right-Handed Swing in 1950s Baseball
By Paul Scimonelli

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-476668-6-97
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Summary: The first full biography of Sievers, a right-handed slugger with the 1950s Washington Senators and the 1960s Philadelphia Phillies.

Teaching Statistics Using Baseball, 2nd Edition
By Jim Albert

Publisher: American Mathematical Society
Retail Price: $50.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-93951-216-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Aimed at the advanced high school or college level introductory statistics course, the book can also provide enjoyment for the non-student.

After the Cheering Stops: A Retirement Game Plan for Elite Athletes and Baby Boomer Career Professionals Seeking a New Future
By Alan Spector

Publisher: CreateSpace
Retail Price: $15.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-984036-95-7
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Summary: A book aimed at assisting athletes with their retirement planning. This book details the next steps after exiting the professional sports arena and how to manage retirement successfully.

The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography
By Steve Babineau

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $35.00 (hrdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-683580-93-5
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: This book illustrates the past four decades of Boston Red Sox baseball through Babineau’s photography. These pictures feature many different people from the Red Sox organization and Fenway Park, depicting what defines the organization.

Blue Monday: The Expos, The Dodgers and the Home Run That Changed Everything
By Danny Gallagher

Publisher: Dundurn
Retail Price: $23.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-45974-187-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Gallagher details the intricate relationship between the Expos and the Dodgers, and the notorious home run Rick Monday hit off Steve Roger to send the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series. Looking back at this game, first-person accounts and interviews portray the sentiments of both sides of this monumental game.

Wopper: How Babe Ruth Lost His Father and Won the 1918 World Series Against the Cubs (Volume 3)
By Frank Amoroso

Publisher: Simply Francis Publishing
Retail Price: $12.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-630620-15-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: In the final volume of this three-book fictional series, Amaroso depicts the climax of the story, how Babe Ruth lost his father just over a week before the World Series. He portrays the struggles within Ruth himself, as well as the struggles and chaos going on around the World Series at this time.

Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance
By Mark Whitaker

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Retail Price: $30.00 (hrdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-501122-39-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: This book depicts life in black Pittsburgh, with two of the best Negro League teams. This also gives readers an idea of what it was like to be a black American during the three decades from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Blacks in the Adirondacks: A History
By Sally E. Svenson

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Retail Price: $34.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-815610-93-9
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Summary: Svenson illustrates what life was like in the mountainous area of New York. They had a longtime summer passion of baseball, and this book highlights the century between the 1850s and the 1950s.

The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881–1888
By Brian “Chip” Martin

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-476665-07-8
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Summary: Martin describes the history of the Detroit Wolverines, the first major-league baseball team in Detroit. This short-lived team had success in the National League, but eventually disbanded due to financial issues. This book details the short lifespan of the team and how it functioned.

Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox
By Bill Nowlin

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $36.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-9683-1
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Summary: The first full-length biography of Yawkey, who owned the Boston Red Sox for 40 years.

When Baseball Met Big Bill Haywood: The Battle for Manchester, New Hampshire, 1912-1916
By Scott C. Roper and Stephanie A. Roper

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6546-7
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Summary: A tale of a giant manufacturing company using a baseball team as part of its program to avoid unionization.

Tom Gamboa: My Life in Baseball
By Tom Gamboa with David Russell

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-9683-1
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Summary: Gamboa played, coached, and managed in the minors, scouted around the country and coached in the majors. Foreword by Doug Glanville.

The Half-Game Pennant of 1908: Four Teams Chase Victory in the American League
By Charles C. Alexander

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-6506-1
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Summary: The 1908 National League race has been explored extensively, but Alexander turns to the lesser-known story of another tight race, which came down to half a game of difference.

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: Three World Series wins and four AL pennants within five years for the Mackmen, built around solid pitching and the $100,000 infield.

The Call to the Hall: When Baseball’s Highest Honor Came to 31 Legends of the Sport
By Kevin Warneke and David C. Ogden

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $29.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-4766-6408-8
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Summary: Interviews with 31 Hall of Famers focusing on where they were and how the felt when they got the call they were in the Hall.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Encyclopedia
By Richard J. Shmelter

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $49.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-0-7864-7340-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: All the standard statistics plus season reviews, brief player profiles and some anecdotes.

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