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The Organization of Baseball

As baseball became more popular and spread across the country, there needed to be a means of collecting and archiving organizational materials.

Leagues formed and teams transacted with each other, buying/selling/trading players, as they also dealt with independent minor league clubs.  Eventually, Branch Rickey developed the idea of a farm system of clubs, designed to route top prospects to his big league club.

All along, another kind of organizational system was being developed by Louis Heilbroner, who was a former minor league manager.  Heilbroner had established the Heilbroner Baseball Bureau back in 1909, in Ft. Wayne, IN.

From there, Heilbroner coordinated and published organizational material, based upon the information that would be made available to him.

By the 1940's, the Heilbroner Year & Note Book had become a staple of baseball front offices, along with the Baseball Blue Book, a softback book (I posted a couple of pictures of one, back on page 2 of this thread).

Heilbroner also put out other publications, such as the Inter-Club Organization guide, which documented the various clubs' minor league networks.

The Year & Note Books were designed in binder format, so that supplements could be added during the year.

The first pic shows the eight volumes I have found thus far on eBay.  Several of these volumes have multiple years collected.  One has 1949-51-52, while another contains the 1958, '59, and '60 volumes.

You'll note the cover style (vertical/horizontal) is different on some.  Both formats were evidently available each year.  From what I've seen, the difference being where the printing was done.

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The Organization of Baseball, Pt. 2

Looking to the interiors, the dates refer to what year the volume was published (for instance, the 1959 volume contains all of the player records from the '58 season).  So far, I have the 1946, '47, '49, '51, '52, '53, '56, '57, '58, '59, and '60 publications.

I actually have two of the '49 books.  I bought one as a single purchase, and later lucked upon the combined '49-'51-'52 volume.

Here are a few interior shots, starting with the contents page.  I have also included a few pages showing how the player pages are organized (sorted by league, pitchers, then position pages, who are grouped by position), and one page that shows entries for players acquired from a minor league club during that year.

The page of acquired players I am showing is from the 1952 volume, which features Mickey Mantle (acquired from Kansas City) and Willie Mays (acquired from Minneapolis).

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The Organization of Baseball, Pt. 3

Here's a look at some of the other publications produced by Heilbroner's firm, with a close-up shot of one page in the volume Leagues and League Cities of Professional Baseball 1910-1941:

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One last (for now) entry into the news poster category, in a lighter vein.

The first, from the Associated News Services, depicts former Major League hurler Al Mamaux celebrating after winning his 20th game (and collecting a bonus) for the Newark Bears.  It's either 1927 or '29.

Mamaux, who last pitched in the Major Leagues with the 1924 New York Giants, won 19, 25, 15 and 20 games for the Bears, from 1926-29.

The second is a Latest Photo News Flashes montage of umpires squaring off against various players and managers, including Leo Durocher and Dolph Camilli in the first photo, and Casey Stengel in the second pic.

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I just lucked into some more great Heilbroner pubs, and at least one has a bit of provenance attached to it.

I picked up three Minor League Digest volumes from a seller on eBay.  The volumes are 1946, 1947, and one which contains the complete run from 1936-'40.

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On the '47-'48 edition, handwritten, is the name "Sidney Gautreaux."

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Gautreaux was a catcher, from 1933-'52.  He spent most of his career toiling in the minor leagues, though he did get some time in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the '36 and '37 seasons.

Years after returning to the Minors, he became a player-manager.

I'm guessing this volume, at least, was his personal working copy.



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I'm really excited about what this seller has.

One other item I am looking at is a personal copy of the 1952 Heilbroner Year & Note Book that belonged to Ray Nemec, one of the founding members of SABR!

Wish me luck. wink



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seajaw wrote:

I'm really excited about what this seller has.

One other item I am looking at is a personal copy of the 1952 Heilbroner Year & Note Book that belonged to Ray Nemec, one of the founding members of SABR!

Wish me luck. wink


 Do you know if Nemec signed it anywhere?



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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:

I'm really excited about what this seller has.

One other item I am looking at is a personal copy of the 1952 Heilbroner Year & Note Book that belonged to Ray Nemec, one of the founding members of SABR!

Wish me luck. wink


 Do you know if Nemec signed it anywhere?


I didn't notice a signature, but it has a nameplate in it. 



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