Craig Wright, the dean of baseball storytellers, offers 52 intriguing stories from baseball's storied history, along with his own insightful and meticulous research into the details and veracity of those stories.
In this second collection of recent articles (the first was Solid Fool's Gold), groundbreaking sabermetrician and baseball historian Bill James takes his unique way of looking at the world and applies it to topics as diverse as the major league players who went out on top, whether ground ball pitchers are as good (or as bad) as people think, do hitters like Yasiel Puig have hot hand streaks (they do) and why (that's a different question), and do teams have tough stretches and soft patches in their schedules (they do) and how to mention them. Along the way, James takes several detours to discuss his views on classical music, fiction versus non-fiction, keeping will animals in captivity, conservatives and liberals, and several other things that interest or offend him. He even includes a couple of his favorite old baseball stories and a new way to summarize something's or someone's history in exactly 10-25-50-100-200-500 words.
The first, best, most complete annual baseball reference guide available. Full of exclusive stats, this book is the most comprehensive resource on every hit, pitch, and catch in Major League Baseball's 2014 season--and includes player projections for 2015.
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Three years ago, the authors of The Fielding Bible released research strongly advocating for the increased usage of shift defenses across baseball. Since then, defensive shifting in Major League Baseball has increased over 500 percent and has shown no sign of slowing down! What are the next frontiers for fielding analysis? Find out here.
A father’s impossible quest to return to his family. A son’s magical journey. A single mother’s heroic efforts to protect her son. And fate’s sleight of hand bringing together baseball’s past legends and today’s major league stars in a game for the ages.
Full of hope, drama, humor and non-stop action, Wild Cards is a novel of striking narrative and power. It investigates the mysteries of faith, fatherhood, re-incarnation, and a belief that even baseball plays a hand in our destinies. The perfect gift for the young at heart.
2014 Lumen Award for Nonfiction
Less a history of players, The Men Who Made the Yankees focuses on a handful of powerful club owners and the political and financial pressures that dramatically shaped the arrival of an American League team in New York City.
2012 Literary Classics Award for Historical Fiction
In W. Nikola-Lisa’s work of historical fiction set in Boston in the waning days of World War I, you can learn about the war relief efforts in the Boston area, the politics behind the war-shortened baseball season, as well as the rising fortunes of the Boston Red Sox, including their World Series win behind the hard-throwing and hard-hitting Babe Ruth over the National League’s Chicago Cubs.
Using an epistolary format, W. Nikola-Lisa creates a piece of historical fiction based on letters from younger brother Andrew to Frank, his older brother serving in the trenches in Europe. We learn about the vagaries of war, about the politics of baseball, and about one family’s struggle to endure it all, especially in the absence of their oldest son.