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Today, after the Tigers game of course, my girlfriend drug me along to a garage sale.
As I'm grumbling to myself (I can think of better things to do) something caught my attention (my sports radar was bleeping), well I'll be ......!

In pristine condition, there it was, something I've read about but could never find, One Hundred Years of the World Series, a 03 edition.

Aside from W.S. box scores, game summaries and composite stats. there are sidebars of all the baseball era's. And, black and white as well as color photos throughout, some I've never seen before.

Easily, it is a $40 to $50 book for $10, considering it still looked brand new and something I could not find elsewhere, I feel fortunate.

As we left, I sheepishly asked my girl, "So, when are we going garage sale'n again?

 

 



-- Edited by scorpio rising 2 on Sunday 10th of April 2011 10:10:58 PM

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Congratulations on an awesome find!



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On Friday I had the pleasure of joining 4 other SOMers ( Seajaw, Terryb, Atmosneal & Hendu42) and attending the Friends of the Library sale in Seattle.

We all found several books of interest.  I will let them share their finds.

I myself found 10 books to read including Crazy '08, It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over, Foul Ball, Men at Work, Five Seasons plus 4 others. Terryb also gave copies of Sandy Koufax and MoneyBall.

After the sale we had Burgers and we literally were ask to leave  the place because it had close and we hadn't notice because we were so engross in talking SOM and Baseball.

I think a great time was had by all and thanks to all for an enjoyable day & evening.



-- Edited by stratfan70 on Saturday 16th of April 2011 09:51:28 PM

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I can't remember the last time I had such fun!

Between us, we must have walked out with at least 75 books!

I'm going to have to add another bookshelf to the Baseball Library in my Stratcave.

I found some dandies this time around (again)...15 baseball books (and a couple of others) in all.

First off, I snagged the 2001 revised edition of the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (hardbound)...for $1!

The Best of Baseball Digest, edited by John Keunster, features 116 articles culled from 1940 to the present (2006 anyway, the year the book was published).  What a treasure trove from a publication that I am will to bet was a favorite of most of us at the forum.  The only thing missing are the great So You Think You Know Baseball puzzlers.

A Legend In the Making, by Richard J. Tofel tells the story of the 1939 New York Yankees, possibly one of the finest single-season teams in baseball history.

I found a number of books about the Yankees this time around, including Yankee Stadium - 75 years of Drama, Humor and Glory.  Ray Robinson and Christopher Jennison penned this tribute to The House That Ruth Built (or, as Babe said in 1923, "Some ballyard!") in 1998, and it features some great stories about her construction, and the many events that took place there.

I also got another interesting book about Yankee Stadium: The House That Ruth Built, by Robert Weintraub.  What makes this one so interesting is that it's "Coming in April 2011."

That's right.  It's an uncorrected advance proof, mainly for reviewing purposes.

Babe Ruth's America, by Robert Smith, calls itself "A Warm and Rollicking Portrait of the Babe and His Times."  At first glance, it looks to be a wonderful history of not just Ruth, but the country itself.

I've always said that learning about the players in the seasons I'm replaying is like learning about the history of that era.  I'm going to enjoy reading this one.

One more book about the Pinstripers: Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer's story, co-written by Glen Waggoner.

I also picked up Timothy Gay's book Tris Speaker: The Rough-And-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend.

Two books about Jackie Robinson caught my eye, appropriate as this was Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball.

The first is Blackout - The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training, by Chris Lamb.  Lamb, a resident of Daytona Beach, FL, has researched Robinson's first Spring Training there, deep in the heart of the Jim Crow South.

Rickey & Robinson: The Preacher, the Player, and America's Game, by John C. Chalberg, provides some interesting background to the story.

Robinson was not the only player being considered by Rickey.  Satchel Paige was also considered, and later, it was learned just how stung he was by not being chosen.

Some players doubted the legitimacy of Robinson's selection.  Buck Leonard spoke out that Robinson was not even the best player being considered.  Others whispered that Robinson was signed because he was not that good, and that Rickey knew he would fail.

While we're on the subject of groundbreaking moments in Major League history, there's Brad Snyder's book, A well-Paid Slave - Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports.

Jim Reisler tells the story of the birth of the Baseball Hall of Fame in the book A Great Day In Cooperstown.

Joseph Reichler has collected some of baseball's greatest games into a collection called Baseball's Great Moments.

Reichler's book provides a treasure-trove of memories, including classics such as BobbyThomson's home run, the Indians-Red Sox playoff in 1948, Allie Reynold's A.L.-pennant-clinching no-hitter (!) in 1951.

Also included are some less-known, yet just as improbable moments, such as the night in 1959 when the Chicago White Sox posted 11 runs in the seventh inning against the Kansas City A's...on one hit!

Remember Cesar Gutierrez's seven-hit game?  Or Roberto Clemente collecting 10 knocks in two games?  They're in there.  Steve Carlton striking out a then-record 19 Mets in 1969...and somehow losing the game.

There are 79 different entries, covering the period from 1948-1980 (the book was published in 1981), many that we will remember like they just happened yesterday.  In fact, I still have my own newspaper clipping from the day Tom Seaver struck out 19 Padres, including the last 10 in a row.

Forget Barry Bonds.  Hank Aaron's chase for the Babe's career home run record is detailed in pictures in the book Home Run - My Life in Pictures.  Published in 1999, the book is a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Aaron's finally reaching the peak.

We don't think much about it, but Aaron got his start with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues, where he had to be taught how to grip the bat properly -- he was a "cross-handed" hitter.

One last baseball book I grabbed was on a lark, but should still provide a few good chuckles: More Than 100 Problems With the Official Baseball Rules, by Rick Roder.

Roder has sifted through the rules of the game, and found quite a few things that aren't quite explained in detail.

Some of these oddities would be among the rarest of rare plays.  But, what would happen if a runner missed a base on a play where the ball is thrown out of play (into the dugout, or the stands)?  How can it be appealed?

There is a rule that states a base coach may not physically assist a baserunner's advance.  What would happen if a runner tripped and fell, (or slipped) and a trail runner helped him up?

Ya never know what could happen...

Along with all the baseball, I also picked up one basketball book: John Taylor's The Rivalry - Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball.

All in all, another great haul.  Sixteen books for $16.  Then, there's the $4 for the autographed copy of Al Franken's book, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them - A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.

But that's one for another column, somewhere else. biggrin



-- Edited by seajaw on Sunday 17th of April 2011 02:38:30 PM

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Check out the books that some Strat-O-Matic fans, that met through the social medias, got at the Seattle Public Library sale! The following is an excerp from Seajaws thread about the fun we had getting some Strat gamers together for the day:

Welcome to the first, unofficial, Northwest Strat-O-Matic Gamers Convention!  We'll call it the SOMersCon Northwest.

I had the incredible opportunity to meet up with fellow SOMers TerryB, stratfan70, atmosneal, and Hendu42 this past Friday, for a day of fun, food, and baseball (the best kind of day).

One other local member (Heyblue) wasn't able to make it.  I think we can assure him that there will definitely be other opportunities.

TerryB and stratfan70 showed up at my place a little before noon.  We hung out for a bit, then went out for lunch (fish and chips) and talked some more (yes, I even let them get a few words in).  When we realized it had already been several hours lost in the best of conversations, we returned to my place to wait for atmosneal to arrive.

TerryB and stratfan70 have been to my house before, so they've seen my "Stratcave" gaming set-up, my stacks of boxes, and the Baseball Library.  When atmosneal arrived, I gave him the nickel tour, then we all took off for the Friends of the Seattle Public Library Spring Book Sale, where we met up with Hendu42.

We all had a chance to exchange introductions, and chat a bit more, before the doors opened.

The sale takes place twice a year in an old Navy airplane hanger.  The sale fills the entire hanger.  Rows and rows of books in almost any category you can think of, at $1 each.  There is also a section of "Better Books," that features rare editions, autographed books, and other items.  Last year, I found an autographed copy of Zim, Don Zimmer's autobiography, for TerryB.

We spent more than two hours combing through the books, and we each came out with a great haul of between 14-23 books.

After that, we went back over to my place, where I got my wife to take a picture of the group, and our haul:

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(from l-r: Hendu42, stratfan70, me, atmosneal, and TerryB)

I showed Hendu42 the Stratcave, and we all went out for a late dinner at the local Five Guys burger joint.  Imagine that: five guys hanging out at Five Guys, talking baseball and SOM until they literally had to tell us it was time to close.

I can't tell you what a great time we had, exchanging details of our various Strat projects, and just talking baseball!  And it definitely highlighted the theme of TerryB's next video blog for the SOM website: social networking among gamers.

We have our various sites, and some people are able to hook up through them, as we did.  But there is a great potential for bringing local gaming communities together through the various avenues, such as facebook and twitter.

Each of us expressed surprise that there were so many of us (and certainly others) in our local area.  Having the SOMers site has enabled that.  I know I went for years, thinking I was the only one around.  I just never ran into anyone else until I got involved in several SOM sites.

I can certainly say there will be more gatherings (the Fall Book Sale  in September, for sure), maybe even a ballgame or two at the Safe.  We're not big enough for group discounts yet, but maybe some day.



-- Edited by TerryB on Monday 18th of April 2011 04:31:51 PM

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I had the best time spending the day with everyone. I felt like I made some new friends. Here Is a list of the books that I picked up at the sale (Seajaw picked up Deadball Stars of the National League for me at Half Price books) :


Deadball Stars of the National League: by Tom Simon.

The First Fall Classic: By Mike Vaccaro

Praying For Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Families Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Thomas Oliphant.

Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present: By Josh Leventhal.

Baseball America: By Donald Honig.

The Black Prince of Baseball: Hal Chase and the Mythology of the Game by Donald Dewey and Nicholas Acocella

The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock.

Baseball : A Literary Anthology by Nicholos Dawidoff

Baseball Then and Now by Eric Enders

Red Sox Century by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson

Stengel: His Life and Times: By Robert W. Creamer

David Wells: Perfect I’M Not by David Wells and Chris Kreski

Top of the Order by Sean Manning

The Perfect Season by Tim McCarver with Danny Peary

Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame? By Bill James

Sadahara Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball by Sadahara Oh and David Falkner

The Old Ballgame: Frank Deford

Mind Game by Steven Goldman of Baseball Prospectus

Baseball Anecdotes by Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf



-- Edited by TerryB on Monday 25th of April 2011 12:39:37 AM



-- Edited by TerryB on Monday 25th of April 2011 12:41:20 AM

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I grabbed another one at Half Price Books Monday: Barnstorming to Heaven - Syd Pollack and his Great Black Teams.

The book was written by Pollack's son, Alan J. Pollack, and edited by James A. Riley, the noted author of numerous books about the Negro Leagues and Black baseball, including The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues and The All-Time All-Stars of Black Baseball.

Pollack's father owned the Indianapolis Clowns, a touring Black club, whose roster at one time included the young Henry Aaron, as well as Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, Connie Morgan and Toni Stone, women playing with men.

The Clowns were one of a number of teams that used outlandish gimmicks to draw crowds to the ballpark. They donned grass skirts and wore warpaint, whooped it up, and generally gave a show that was as much entertainment as it was solid baseball.



-- Edited by seajaw on Thursday 26th of May 2011 04:16:32 AM

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A great list of books .Just got done The Boys Of Summer a great book,also Ball Four is a classic.Right now am reading The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst he had a real tough upbringing

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That's a book that has received rave reviews from several members here.

I'll have to grab it some day.

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I have been on a mission lately to learn all that I can about players from the Negro Baseball Leagues.  I now have a total of a dozen books on the subject. Below are the five books that I just recently picked up:

 

 

The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley. This book contains bios for more than four thousand players. This is the most complete set of bios of players from the Negro Baseball Leagues.  

Black Baseball: A History of African-Americans & the National Game by Kyle McNary. This book contains a history of the Negro Leagues with some player profiles and has a section detailing the history of the Negro League World Series. It also covers black players up through the 1990s.


Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues:-Revised Edition by John Holway. This book contains the stories of eighteen stars of the Negro Baseball Leagues in their own words. Similar to “”The Glory of Their Times” except with black players from before integration.  

Blackball Stars: Negro League Pioneers by John Holway. This book contains whole chapters on twenty five Negro League ballplayers.

Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues
by Donn Rogosin. This book is a history of the Negro Leagues and the men who played in them.  

 



-- Edited by TerryB on Thursday 26th of May 2011 03:48:25 AM

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TerryB wrote:
 

The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley. This book contains bios for more than four thousand players. This is the most complete set of bios of players from the Negro Baseball Leagues.  


 This is the one I have as well in hopes of learning more about the players before doing a project with the Negro League Allstar set. Mine is a disgarded library book so  the price was right!



-- Edited by whitesoxstrat on Saturday 28th of May 2011 08:42:07 PM

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Blackball Stars: Negro League Pioneers by John Holway has a lot of info on indiviual players rather than a history of the leagues. There are several books that cover the history fairly well, not many that have a lot of info about more than a dozen players.



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In preparation of my next project i picked up a few books on the 1912-1920 Red Sox .

When the Red Sox Ruled : Baseball's first Dynasty 1912-1918 by Thomas Whalen

The Babe in Red Stockings : An in Depth Chronicle of Babe Ruth With the Red Sox 1914-1919 by Kerry Keene

The Boston Red Sox from Cy to the Kid by Mark Rucker and Bernard Corbett

When Boston Still had the Babe : The 1918 World Series Champion Red Sox by Bill Nowlin

The Original Curse : Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth's Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal  ? by Sean Deveney


I find it very interesting to think what might have been had some injuries and a sale of a few players not happened .



-- Edited by stargell8 on Thursday 2nd of June 2011 10:31:22 AM

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One only needs to take a look at those pennant-winning Yankee ballclubs of the '20's, especially the pitching staff.

For all the talk of the old Kansas City-to-New York pipeline in the 1950's, the Boston-to-New York talent migration was far more damaging. And it altered the way we think about the game.

Up until that time, the Red Sox were the most dominant team of the 20th Century, having won five pennants and World Series in 19 years, prior to the Ruth sale.

The Cubs also won five pennants between 1901-'19, but lost three of the World Series they played, including the '18 tilt against the Red Sox.

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I was at the Orland Park IL Half Priced books today and was disapointed there were no baseball in the under 3 bucks shelves like I used to find. I saw plenty in the sports section though that could be obtained much cheaper on Amazon. Many of the titles listed above as well.

You guys should check amazons used book selections from private sellers, you'll find a ton of good stuff for just the price of postage in most cases.



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