THE BASEBALL ENCYCLOPEDIA
and Other Reading Treats About the National Pastime
Frommer on Sports
How wonderful it is to have "The Baseball Encyclopedia" edited by Pete
Palmer and Gary Gillette (Barnes and Noble Books, $24.95, 1,692 pages)
back on the scene. The book was and is a mother lode of information,
stats, oddities, arcane knowledge, charts - just about everything anyone
would want to know about the reference points of the game of baseball.
There is former and current ballpark info, complete awards and Hall of
Fame info, stats complete for every player, manger and team, a list of
blown saves, 1969-2003, fielding range and catcher defense. I don't know
if Pete Palmer is the real guru of Sabermetrics as Peter Gammons claims.
But Pete is way up there atop the heap as is "The Baseball Encyclopedia.
Red Sox Nation is in all its glory as April turns into May. All kinds of
exciting things have been happening with the franchise. There are even a
few books out with the old warhorse Johnny Pesky as the focus. The best
of the bunch is "Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story" by Bill Nowlin
(Rounder Books, $24.95, 282 pages). Nowlin has been writing about things
Red Sox since he was 12 years old in 1957 so he knows his way around the
subject. He spins a lively narrative about the kid in his phrase, "said
to bleed Red Sox crimson, who was born to Croatian immigrants" who is
now in his eighth decade in baseball. It is a highly insightful and
From Sports Publishing comes three books focused on very different major
league franchises: "Tales From the Royals Dugout" by Denny Matthews with
Matt Fulks, ($19.95, 239 pages), "Tales From the 1962 Mets" by Janet
Paskin ($19.95, 202 pages) and "Tales From the Dodger Dugout Extra
Innings" by Carl Erskine ($19.95, 219 pages). All carefully edited and
packaged with zeal, each book has special appeal for fans of the
specific franchise and much to offer, too, for general fans of the
national pastime. All three books definitely belong on your sports
bookshelf containing as they do so many tales that have never appeared
in print before.
The sports book publishing phenomenon of the 2003 season is now
available for the 2004 campaign. "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis (Norton,
$13.95, 288 pages) is out in paperback. The book is a chronicle of the
business model of the Oakland A's - and shows how the biggest payroll
doesn't guarantee a Word Series winner. Highly recommended reading for
baseball and business fans.
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STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
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