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I have been looking for "The Baseball Tmieline" ever since Seajaw talked about finding a copy. It might be fun for adding some historical perspective when posting replays.

BTW Jeff, the video blog is now up on the Strat Website.

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New reading material over the past week:

"The Baseball Rookies Encyclopedia" by David Nemec and Dave Zeman This one look intriguing (cant beat it for a quarter!!) Its a breakdown of significant rookies by era.

"How to Do Baseball Research" Gerald Tomilson - This is a SABR how to book from about 10 years ago, not sure what it contains yet but my interest is piqued (at only 99 cents).

The mar/apr Baseball Digest came in the other day always excellent articles in that one. Also I picked up a Lindy 2011 season preview in the grocery store line.

And to top it all off, a sign that baseball is near, I stopped by US Cellular Field today and picked up a 2011 White Sox Media Guide in anticipation of a good season. I got to see the 2005 W.S. trophy up close in the front office.




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Two good books I have recently finished reading:

"The Lords of Baseball" by Harold Parrott. Mr Parrott was a former sports writer that went to work in the front office of the Brooklyn Dodgers, went west with them and then on to work for other teams. He comes across as having an axe to grind, but sheds a great deal of light on the inner workings of the baseball owners from that era, and talks about some players and managers. If you read this book, you will never view Walter O'Malley the same again.

"Odd Man Out" by Matt McCarthy. McCarthy is a graduate of Yale that gets signed by the Angels and writes of his minor league experience. McCarthys tale is very straight forward and tasteful, not throwing anyone under the bus while not hiding a few ugly truths. The pages flew by which is usually a sign of a good book. Add the fact that it's now with the bargain books at Barnes and Nobles, it makes this book well woth reading.

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I was lucky enough to get a chance to make a whirlwind tour of used book shops in the Tacoma area with terryb Thursday.

We hit five book stores, a Goodwill, and the Lakewood Public Library Book Sale.

What a great day, and we both found some super stuff!

I grabbed nine books, two back issues of Elysian Fields Quarterly - The Baseball Review, and a binder of materials from the 13th Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, from 2001.

Elysian Fields Quarterly features a lineup of articles, fiction, poetry, research, book reviews, editorials, you name it.  A great and far-ranging look at baseball, past and present.

The topics in the two issues I bought include Of Outfield Walls and Concussions: the Pete Reiser Story; a review of The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract; Dickie Thon: One Pitch From Cooperstown?; and an article written by Kelly Candaele (the sister of former Major Leaguer Casey Candaele), about their mother, Helen Candaele, who was one of the inspirations for the movie, A League of Their Own.

The books I got?

Harry Hooper - An American Baseball Life, by Paul J. Zingg

Ty Cobb - His Tumultuous Life and Times, by Richard Bak, which has a wonderful array of photos of the Georgia Peach over the course of his life.

Deadball - Major League Baseball Before Babe Ruth, by Thomas Gilbert

When the Giants Were Giants - Bill Terry and the Golden Age of New York Baseball, by Peter Williams

The Men of Autumn - An Oral History of the 1949-'53 World Champion New York Yankees, by Dom Forker

The Golden Game - The Story of California Baseball, by Kevin Nelson

Marquard & Seeley, by Noel Hynd (the story of Rube Marquard and his wife, Blossom Seeley, who was known as vaudeville's "Queen of Ragtime")

The American Association, and The International League, both by Bill O'Neal.  The books are two of a series of league histories.  His series also includes books on the Texas League, and the Pacific Coast League.

Thanks for the tour, Terry.  A couple of those stores are certain to get future visits!

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I finally found a copy of The Baseball Timeline by Burt Solomon and got it for just 12.50 at the first bookstore Seejaw and I went to. I didn't expect to find much at the used book stores for myself because I frequent those stores. The Lakewood library sale was a bit anti-climatic because it was small compared to the Seattle Public library sale. I got a hardback copy of Moneyball by Michael Lewis for 50 cents and Ron Darling's new book The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching and Life on the Mound for 3 dollars. I also found three DVD movies and  5 hours of "The Three Stooges" on DVDs for 2 bucks.

The time went by quickly talking as much baseball and Strat-O-Matic as Jeff and I could fit into one day. We also took a sneek peak at the new "Cheney Stadium" that is due to be finished April 1st. It all made for an enjoyable day off. Now I am looking forward to heading north next month and meeting up with Seajaw and some other Strat-O-Matic fanatics for the Seattle public library sale!

Terry

-- Edited by TerryB on Friday 11th of March 2011 12:09:46 PM

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Terry,
         Absolutely outstanding that folks from this forum can get together and spend a day as all of you had done.
Friendships forged in the military, particularly in wartime are for life.
I tip my cap to the friendships forged as a result of this forum!!!

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scorpio rising 2 wrote:

Terry,
         Absolutely outstanding that folks from this forum can get together and spend a day as all of you had done.
Friendships forged in the military, particularly in wartime are for life.
I tip my cap to the friendships forged as a result of this forum!!!



Amen to that!

It actually looks like we'll have five of us together to check out the next Library sale here.  We will definitely have to pose for a group shot.

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Terry's great finds made me laugh as I had a mental picture of someone buying my baseball books and dvd's when I meet my untimely demise and my wife has a yard sale.
The lion king has nothing on our circle of life!

-- Edited by martymil on Friday 11th of March 2011 06:46:00 PM

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I sent an Email to another guy yesterday inviting him to join us for the Seattle library sale and the day. I would never have pictured the possibility of getting six Strat-O-Matic guys together like that. Maybe we will have a West Coast 50th Aniversary Celebration since us left coast guys kinda got left out for the one on the East Coast. biggrin

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TerryB wrote:

I sent an Email to another guy yesterday inviting him to join us for the Seattle library sale and the day. I would never have pictured the possibility of getting six Strat-O-Matic guys together like that. Maybe we will have a West Coast 50th Aniversary Celebration since us left coast guys kinda got left out for the one on the East Coast. biggrin



Who's Number Six?

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He goes by the screen name Heyblue on the StratFanForum. He made a comment about my video blog on the Strat Website and said that he lives in Poulsbo and would like to get together and roll some dice. He is interested in joining us so I will find out more.


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He goes by the screen name Heyblue on the StratFanForum. He made a comment about my video blog on the Strat Website and said that he lives in Poulsbo and would like to get together and roll some dice. He is interested in joining us so I will find out more.




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He's here, too.  I didn't know he's from our neck of the woods, though.


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I hit the Seattle Half Price Books stores again today, and found something really cool: a book that hasn't even been released yet!

Baseball historian John Thorn has a new book, Baseball in the Garden of Eden - The Secret History of the Early Game.

The book looks back to the earliest days of baseball in the U.S.

What makes it such a neat find is an accompanying collection of promotional material (ad copy and such) from the publishers, Simon and Schuster.

It starts off with a cover letter:

"Dear Producer,

Just in time for opening day (3/31/11) comes baseball historian John Thorn's new book..."

...with a publishing date of 3/15/11.  That's right.  The book has not even been officially released yet!

On a lesser note, I got my Opening Day tix, too.

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This just proves my theory. Seajaw "predicts" the A.L. Cy Young award winner many months ahead of time, now he has a book before it is released to the public.

Seajaw is a time traveling alien. biggrin

Cool find, Seajaw. That and Terry's books coupled with 5 hours of Three Stooges dvd's have to be in the top ten of great finds this year. My search continues...

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A few more additions for my Library shelves:

60 Feet Six Inches and Others Distances From Home, the (Baseball) Life of Mose Yellowhorse, by Todd Fuller. Yellowhorse was a member of the Pawnee Nation, who played pro ball from 1917-'26.

He pitched for the Pirates in 1921 and '22.

Lefty, Double-X, and The Kid - The 1939 Red Sox, a Team in Transition, edited by Bill Nowlan. A total of 19 SABR authors have combined to provide this look at a club that featured star rookie Ted Williams, second-year man Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx (who had just belted 50 homers in '38), Lefty Grove and Joe Cronin.

Those two, I picked up at Half-Price Books. The third book, I grabbed of Amazon.com:

The Players League, by Bill Koszarek. Talks with baseball owners broke down in the Fall of 1889, and a large number of players jumped their contracts to form a new league.

The Players League lasted one year, as it tried to do battle with the National League and the American Association.

The book features thumbnail bios of the players, and their stats.



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