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Here's our newest book in the SABR Digital Library:

Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Carl Riechers and Len Levin  
 
ISBN (paperback):
978-1-943816-55-2, $21.95
ISBN (ebook):
978-1-943816-54-5, $9.99
8.5 x 11", 438 pages

This book was inspired by the last Negro League World Series ever played and presents biographies of the players on the two contending teams in 1948 — the Birmingham Black Barons and the Homestead Grays — as well as the managers, the owners, and articles on the ballparks the teams called home.  

Also included are articles that recap the season’s two East-West All-Star Games, the Negro National League and Negro American League playoff series, and the World Series itself. Additional context is provided in essays about the effects of Organized Baseball’s integration on the Negro Leagues, the exodus of Negro League players to Canada, and the signing away of top Negro League players, specifically Willie Mays.  

The lack of detailed press coverage of the Negro Leagues, the fact that not every player was a star with a lengthy career, and gaps in public records of the era (especially in regard to African Americans) present a situation in which it is not possible to detail the life of every single player as fully as in other SABR publications. In the face of such challenges, the SABR researchers who have contributed player biographies and feature articles to this book have done utmost diligence to uncover every possible nugget of information that is currently available and, in many instances, new discoveries have been made. Many of the players’ lives and careers have been presented to a much greater extent than previously.

This book represents the collaborative efforts of 49 authors and editors from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Contributors include: Niall Adler, Jack Anderson, Brian Baughan, Ralph Berger, Richard Bogovich, Frederick C. Bush, Ralph Carhart, Alan Cohen, William Dahlberg, Dennis D. Degenhardt, Amy Essington, Charles F. Faber, James Forr, Dave Forrester, Charlie Fouche, Joseph Gerard, Irv Goldfarb, Margaret M. Gripshover, Tom Hawthorn, Leslie Heaphy, Jay Hurd, Bill Johnson, Thomas E. Kern, Norm King, John Klima, Japheth Knopp, Bob LeMoine, Michael Mattsey, Brian McKenna, Jack Morris, Justin Murphy, Rob Neyer, Skip Nipper, Bill Nowlin, Will Osgood, Mark Panuthos, Richard J. Puerzer, Chris Rainey, John Saccoman, John Schleppi, Curt Smith, Jeb Stewart, J.W. Stewart, Rick Swaine, Clarence Watkins, Steve West, and Dave Wilkie.

 

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Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Edwin Fernandez
(released June 2017)
         
   

NO-HITTERS
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released May 2017)
       
The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Dan Desrochers
(released June 2017)
   

Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 2017)
       
The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring
Eds. Larry R. Gerlach, Bill Nowlin
(released March 2017)
   

Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
Eds. Steve Weingarden, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2016)
       
Overcoming Adversity: Baseball's Tony Conigliaro Award
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Clayton Trutor
(released January 2017)
   

Boston’s First Nine: The 1871-75 Boston Red Stockings
Eds. Bob LeMoine, Bill Nowlin
(released September 2016)
       
When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
Eds. Bill Nowlin, Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2016)
   

From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released June 2016)
       
Cuban Baseball Legends: Baseball's Alternative Universe
Eds. Peter C. Bjarkman, Bill Nowlin
(released July 2016)
   

Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos
Edited by Norm King
(released April 2016)
       
Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan & Trumbull
Edited by Scott Ferkovich
(released May 2016)
   

The 1986 New York Mets: There Was More Than Game Six
Eds. Leslie Heaphy and Bill Nowlin
(released March 2016)
       
The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy
(released March 2016)
   

The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants
Eds. Bill Nowlin and C. Paul Rogers III
(released December 2015)
       
Nuclear Powered Baseball: Articles Inspired by The Simpsons Episode "Homer At the Bat"
Eds. Emily Hawks and Bill Nowlin
(released January 2016)
   

Mustaches and Mayhem:
Charlie O's Three-Time Champions
The 1972-74 Oakland A's
Edited by Chip Greene
(released September 2015)
       
A Pennant for the Twin Cities:
The 1965 Minnesota Twins
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released October 2015)
   

Scandal on the South Side:
The 1919 Chicago White Sox
Edited by Jacob Pomrenke
(released June 2015)
       
Braves Field: Memorable Moments
at Boston's Lost Diamond

Eds. Bill Nowlin and Bob Brady
(released August 2015)
   

'75: The Red Sox Team:
That Saved Baseball
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan
(released April 2015)
       
Calling the Game:
Baseball Broadcasting From 1920 to the Present
By Stuart Shea
(released May 2015)
   

Winning on the North Side:
The 1929 Chicago Cubs
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released February 2015)
       
Who's On First:
Replacement Players in World War II
Eds. Marc Z. Aaron and Bill Nowlin
(released March 2015)
   

The National Pastime:
Premiere Issue (Replica Edition)
Edited by John Thorn
(released December 2014)
       
Detroit the Unconquerable:
The 1935 Detroit Tigers
Edited by Scott Ferkovich
(released December 2014)
   

The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals:
The World Champion Gas House Gang
Edited by Charles F. Faber
(released August 2014)
       
Van Lingle Mungo:
The Man, The Song, The Players
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released October 2014)
   

Thar's Joy in Braveland:
The 1957 Milwaukee Braves
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
(released May 2014)
       
Baseball: The Fan's Game
By Gordon S. (Mickey) Cochrane
(released June 2014)
   

The Miracle Braves of 1914
Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released February 2014)
       
Base-Ball: How to Become a Player
By John Montgomery Ward
(released February 2014)
   

The Fenway Project
Eds. Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan
(released September 2013)
       
New Century, New Team:
The 1901 Boston Americans

Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released December 2013)
   

The Year of the Blue Snow:
The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies

Eds. Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin
(released July 2013)
       
Inventing Baseball:
The 100 Greatest Games of
the 19th Century

Edited by Bill Felber
(released July 2013)
   

Memories of a Ballplayer:
Bill Werber and Baseball in the 1930s

By Bill Werber and C. Paul Rogers III
(released February 2013)
       
Sweet '60:
The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

Eds. Clifton Blue Parker, Bill Nowlin
(released April 2013)
   

Detroit Tigers 1984:
What A Start! What A Finish!

Eds. Mark Pattison, David Raglin
(released December 2012)
       
Batting
By F.C. Lane
(released January 2013)
   

Nineteenth Century Stars
Eds. Robert L. Tiemann, Mark Rucker
(released August 2012)
 
 
       
Red Sox Baseball in the Days of
Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox
of the 1950s

Eds. Mark Armour, Bill Nowlin
(released September 2012)
   

Great Hitting Pitchers
Edited by L. Robert Davids,
updated for 2012 by Mike Cook
(released March 2012)
       
Opening Fenway Park With Style:
The 1912 World Champion Red Sox

Edited by Bill Nowlin
(released May 2012)
   

CAN HE PLAY? A Look At
Baseball Scouts and Their Profession

Eds. Jim Sandoval, Bill Nowlin
(released December 2011)
 
       
RUN, RABBIT, RUN:
The Hilarious and Mostly True
Tales of Rabbit Maranville

By Walter "Rabbit" Maranville
(released February 2012)

 

About the SABR Digital Library

For more than 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program is shifting to take advantage of new methods of publishing. Not only will we continue to publish new books like Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts and Their Profession (released in December 2011); Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish! (December 2012); Sweet '60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (April 2013); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (July 2013); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (June 2015); The Team That Time Won't Forget: The 1951 New York Giants (December 2015); Nuclear Powered Baseball/The Simpsons (February 2016), Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (April 2016); Cuban Baseball Legends (July 2016), Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957 (December 2016); Dome Sweet Dome: History and Highlights from 35 Years of the Houston Astrodome (February 2017), and No-Hitters (May 2017), which showcase the best efforts of SABR's members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville (February 2012), Great Hitting Pitchers (March 2012), Nineteenth Century Stars (August 2012); Batting (January 2013); The Fenway Project (September 2013); and '75: The Red Sox Team That Saved Baseball (April 2015) back again.

Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by "print on demand" (POD).

SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. If you're not a member, click here to join SABR.

Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we'll be adding to the SABR Digital Library. To learn more about SABR Publications, contact Publications Editor Cecilia Tan at ctan@sabr.org.

 

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