07.14.11
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I was recently going through some old files and came across a book a family friend had given me a number of years ago: Inside Baseball for Little Leaguers. The copyright date says 1956. I flipped it open to discovery this collection of mascot drawings printed on both the inside front and back cover pages. Too wonderful not to share.

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The Chicago Tribune ran a story about an Evanston, IL artist, Wilfred Santiago, who created a graphic novel about Roberto Clemente – 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/ct-books-0702-wilfred-santiago-20110701,0,5371559.story

03.14.11
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Comet Books, 1949

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Woo hoo. Advance reading copy of “Flip Flop Fly Ball” arrived today.

The infographic baseball adventure to end all infographic baseball adventures. Cannot wait for this to be released. 

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Thanks to Russ, I know about this fantastic looking book about the development of baseball in the 1800′s. The book covers the evolution of the field, rules and equipment. I’m looking forward to adding this to my bookshelf!

James. K. Skipper Jr. is probably my favorite person in the world. If you visit the SABR Research Journal archives, you can find several wonderful pieces written by him about one very specific thing: Baseball nicknames. He also wrote an incredible book chronicling baseball player, manager and umpire nicknames, and how they got them. I have checked this book out from my library countless times as I am unable to find a copy for myself. The amount of time, love and research Mr. Skipper put into his fascination is mind-boggling, and I count myself lucky that I have the opportunity to sort through it every day.

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The undeniable classic by Roger Kahn, chronicling the days of the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers from the perspective of Roger as a child, then beat writer, fan, and ultimately, historian. Probably the best written baseball book I’ve ever touched.

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This is a great book about a time when pitchers named “Old Hoss Radbourn” pitched 73 complete games and won fifty-nine of them with a 1.38 ERA. Even had a save thrown in. Way back in 1884, 100 years before I was born, when Providence had a team. It’s an interesting look at the early days of baseball just 20 years after the civil war, and one of the true legends of the game. Oh, and it isn’t fiction.

Fifty-Nine in ’84 by Edward Achorn

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Will Leitch’s baseball memoir Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball is an excellent read, and this is coming from a daughter instead of a son. Are We Winning is funny and insightful and a really fun and creative perspective on baseball.

From the Publisher:
Are We Winning? is built around a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs–the “lovable losers” to most fans but the hated enemy to the Leitch men. Along for the ride are both Will’s father, the gregarious but not–exactly demonstrative Midwestern titan who, despite being a die–hard Cards fan and living his whole life just 200 miles south of Chicago, had never been to Wrigley Field before this game, and Will’s college friend, a lifelong Cubs fan. The Cardinals…

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This is an exceptional book that is well written and chock full of great photos. Any fan who loves the history and memorabilia of the game should have this in their collection.

This striking volume takes readers deep into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as never before. Since opening its doors in 1939, the Museum has welcomed more than 14 million wide-eyed baseball fans through its hallowed halls to experience the rich history of America’s Pastime. Now, with more than 500 color and black-and-white original and archival photographs—along with engaging and informative commentary by a celebrated sports raconteur—Bert Sugar’s Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America’s Greatest Game offers a quintessential take-home of the timeless experience of baseball’s spiritual home.

With sequential exhibit photographs complemented by dramatic close-up images of the most fascinating artifacts on…

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The voices of the game’s distant past continue to reverberate with a distinct freshness in Lawrence S. Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times. An oral history of the game in the first two decades of the century, Glory sends out its impressive roster of players to tell their own stories, and what stories they tell–the story of their times as well as of their game; the scorecard includes Rube Marquard, Babe Herman, Stan Coveleski, Smoky Joe Wood, and Wahoo Sam Crawford. A delight from cover to cover, Glory is the next best thing to having been there in the days when the ball may have been dead, but the personalities were anything but. — Amazon.com review

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Dingers!: A Short History of the Long Ball is a great little book written by Peter Keating about the evolution of the role of the home run in baseball and in popular culture. The book has a lot of great info graphics and charts comparing various home run related materials, as well as tons of home run related trivia.

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This book encompasses the things about baseball that drove me to create the Eephus League. Author Vince Staten breaks down the details and history of all the components that surround baseball, from way-finding in the stadium, to the history of the equipment used, and what brand of chewing gum is most popular in the majors.

Buy the book

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Back in the 1940s and 1950s, almost every small town in America had a baseball team. Most players were simply local heroes with a local following, but a few teams achieved fame far beyond their region. The Alpine Cowboys–despite being based in Texas’s remote, sparsely populated Big Bend country–became a star in the firmament of semi-pro baseball. Lavishly underwritten by a wealthy rancher with a passion not only for baseball but even more for helping young men get a good start in life, the Cowboys played on a “field of dreams” whose facilities rivaled those of professional ballparks. Many Cowboys went on to play in the big leagues, and several pro teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Browns, came to play exhibition games at Kokernot Field.

The story of Herbert Kokernot Jr. and his Alpine…

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Nearly as long as baseball has existed in its current form, so too have unofficial rules that professional players have strictly adhered to. Yet as Turnbow demonstrates in this highly entertaining read, every rule of the code has certain variations. Most casual baseball fans are keenly aware of many topics that Turnbow broaches, and some are universally agreed upon—hitters admiring home runs is severely frowned on, as is arguing with one’s manager in public view and being caught stealing signs. But other rules are less cut-and-dried.
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