The SABR Bookshelf: Winter 2020

Here are the SABR Bookshelf listings for Winter 2020.

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

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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


The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s
Edited by Bob LeMoine and Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR
Retail Price: $9.99 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-1-9701-5918-9
Buy It: SABR
Summary: A SABR Digital Library publication on a 19th-century Boston baseball dynasty, which won five pennants and included nine players in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Do It for Chappie: The Ray Chapman Tragedy
By Rick Swaine

Publisher: Tucker Bay Publishing
Retail Price: $16.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-7336-7355-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: This story of the Cleveland Indians shortstop who was fatally beaned by a pitch in 1920 is told in the style of a historical novel.

War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War
By Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Publisher: Basic Books
Retail Price: $18.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5416-7267-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A portrait of three men whose lives were forever changed in Boston during World War I: Red Sox star Babe Ruth, symphony conductor Karl Muck, and Harvard Law student Charles Whittlesey.

The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 Players and Their Brush with Baseball History
By Jacob Kornhauser

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5381-3081-0
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The stories of 11 men who played in just a single major-league game and how they responded to the heartache of never making it back.

Tony Oliva: The Life and Times of a Minnesota Twins Legend
By Thom Henninger

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Retail Price: $19.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-5179-0970-3
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The story of a beloved Minnesota Twins icon and a Cuban baseball legend with a sweet swing.

The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife
By Brad Balukjian

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $27.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1874-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The author’s improbable quest to find all the players from a pack of 1986 baseball cards nearly three decades later.

Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Ballplayers
By Robert K. Fitts

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $29.95 (hdcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4962-1348-8
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Focusing on the men who formed the first professional and semiprofessional Japanese baseball clubs and barnstormed across the West Coast and Midwest in the first two decades of the 20th century.

The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars: The Best Players at Each Position for the Amazin’s
By Brian Wright

Publisher: Lyons Press
Retail Price: $18.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4930-4662-1
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: A statistical analysis of the best players in the history of the New York Mets.

The Negro Leagues Were Major Leagues: Historians Reappraise Black Baseball
Edited by Todd Peterson

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $49.95 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6514-6
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: Fifteen essays by historians and several appendices make the case for Black baseball’s importance and quality.

Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays: A Biography of the Negro Leagues Owner and Hall of Famer
By James E. Overmyer

Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Retail Price: $35.00 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-6394-4
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: The first full biography of Posey, a Baseball and Basketball Hall of Famer, by the author of the best biography of Effa Manley.

John Cangelosi: The Improbable Baseball Journey of the Undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series Champion
By John Cangelosi and K.P. Wee

Publisher: Sports Publishing
Retail Price: $19.99 (sftcvr)
ISBN: 978-1-6260-1514-2
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: An autobiography by the 5-foot-8 outfielder from Brooklyn who spent 13 years in the big leagues and won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

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Compiled by Preston Markland.