Some of our Favorite Books about Baseball History

Some of our Favorite Books about Baseball History

Celebrate America's favorite pastime with a few of Sunbury Press's finest nonfiction books about baseball history

To celebrate the onset of Spring Training 2020, we're slipping away to our bookshelves to grab some of our favorite baseball books to get you excited about the hardball being played down in Clearwater, Florida.

Oil up that glove. Pull on your cap. It's time to talk baseball history.

Lou Gehrig fights ALS in his final championship season in Last Ride of the Iron Horse.

For much of the 1938 season, Gehrig -- dubbed the Iron Horse for his strength and reliability -- struggled with slumps and a mystifying loss of power. Fans booed and sportswriters called for him to be benched. Then, as the Yankees battled for the pennant in August, Lou began pounding home runs like his old self -- a turnaround that in retrospect looks truly miraculous.

Join Dan Joseph in Last Ride of the Iron Horse as he examines Lou Gehrig's resilient fight toward one final championship season in spite of his ALS.

About the Author

Dan Joseph is a journalist and author living in the Washington, D.C. area. He previously co-authored Inside Al-Shabaab and is a member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). He is also a lifelong baseball fan and one of the few living people under 50 to have attended a Pittsburgh Pirates World Series game.

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Follow the winningest left-handed pitcher in Philadelphia baseball history in Gettysburg Eddie.

"Gettysburg Eddie" Plank is a Pennsylvania sports legend. The mainstay of Connie Mack's early success with the Philadelphia Athletics, Plank used his unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control to throw more shutouts than any left-handed pitcher in baseball history.

Gettysburg Eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman--until dying prematurely in 1926.

About the Author

Lawrence Knorr has authored or co-authored over 20 books. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous other historical organizations. He enjoys most writing about the formerly famous and his beloved Pennsylvania Dutch culture. He is a lifetime Penn State alum.

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From humble beginnings to minor league glory, Baseball Under the Palms chronicles the rise of America's pastime in Miami.

Baseball Under the Palms: A History of Miami Minor League Baseball tells the fascinating story of the growth of hardball from its humble beginnings to the formation of the first minor league baseball team in Miami.

Featured in this book:

  • Satchel Paige
  • Chico Fernandez
  • Pepper Martin
  • Woody Smith
  • More!

For lovers of our national pastime, this book offers the richly varied and illustrious history of baseball in Miami, including the teams, leagues, and players once at the forefront of local baseball.

About the Authors

Sam Zygner is the author of The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins as well as Baseball Under the Palms.  His written articles have appeared in The Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and he was the sports and travel journalist for La Prensa de Miami Newspaper. 

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Barbra Cabrera was born into the baseball world. Her father, Emilio, played professional baseball in Cuba and the United States. As a youngster, she worked with “Los Cubanitos”, the first of its kind youth baseball organization. Founded for Cuban exile children by her dad in Miami, it promoted the love of baseball. At the tender age of five, Barbra became a radio star, the youngest announcer in South Florida. As a print journalist, she covered the gamut from interviewing Hollywood movie and television stars to securing exclusive interviews when covering true crime stories. On Spanish-language radio, she found her calling as an investigative reporter. A life-long Miamian and baseball devotee, Barbra has the knack of locating things and people that are otherwise impossible to find.

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Favorite books about baseball history? How about ANYTHING from Ronald A. Mayer!

At the outset of the Great Depression, as FDR campaigns to replace Herbert Hoover, a baseball season is played across America.

And at the top of it? The New York Yankees starring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. They pave their way to the top of the American League and provide solace and distraction to those struggling in the Depression.

Then, in a lopsided World Series, Babe Ruth calls his shot and the 1932 Yankees become one of the most notorious teams in baseball history.

Walk-off homeruns. Perfect games. The crisp and clean unassisted double play. Baseball is filled with memorable moments that make it America’s favorite pastime, but what about the weird stuff? What about the wild and zany events that major league baseball wants you to forget?

Poem topics include:

  • "The Craziest Trade Ever"
  • Lefty "El Goofo" Gomez
  • The Miracle of Coogan's Bluff
  • And much, much more

About the Author

New Jersey author Ronald A. Mayer has published a number of baseball books including The 1937 Newark Bears: A Baseball Legend; Perfect! 14 Pitchers of Perfect Games; Christy Mathewson: A Game-by-Game Profile of a Legendary Pitcher; and more. Listen to him talk baseball here.

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4 Engrossing Literary Books to Add to Your TBR List

Brown Posey Press publishes literary fiction and creative nonfiction to make you feel things.

Sunbury Press publishes both fiction and nonfiction through our various imprints, like Brown Posey Press. With this imprint, we focus on inertly human stories that make us feel something.

From Jane Austen to literary roller derby, we're thrilled to share these four engrossing books from the Summer and Fall 2019 seasons that are sure to be great additions to your to-be-read list.

Don't believe us? Well, check them out for yourself.

Here's "4 Engrossing Literary Books to Add to Your TBR List!"


 

Both darkly funny and poignantly heart-wrenching, The Court of Vintage Woods exposes suburbia's outward smiles and inner secrets.

Josh Penzone's debut, The Court of Vintage Woods, dissects the emotional cages suburbanites use to entrap themselves. Over the course of the year, follow the residents of Vintage Woods Court as they inadvertently influence one another to realize how sometimes acceptance of self is the only change we are capable of.

An aging woman off her meds abuses the privilege of being entrusted with her neighbor's key. A war veteran confronts the man who influenced him to enlist. A devoted husband hires a male escort to answer the question he's been afraid to ask himself. The HOA President seeks retribution after her school board campaign signs go missing. A teenage girl strips for strangers via webcam wishing to feel something, even humiliation. A couple, emotionally broken after the death of their baby, hopes the Vintage Woods cul-de-sac is their answer to a new start.

In these eleven linked stories, Penzone explores the self-imposed tragic quest to feel something beyond life’s dullness. Sometimes darkly funny, other times poignantly heart wrenching, suburbia’s setting showcases a place where people sport outward smiles to mask inner secrets. But are they really fooling anyone? Maybe this is why a cul-de-sac is shaped like a peephole. We want to see in.

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About the Author

Josh Penzone is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose stories have appeared in Eunoia Review, Junto Magazine, Five on the Fifth, Blue Lake Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter where he’s been a public educator for two decades. The Court of Vintage Woods is his first published book.

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Leo Rockas completes a first edition of Jane Austen's unfinished novel Catharine or the Bower.

When Catharine is disciplined by her affectionate aunt Percival, she retires to the bower in search of separation and connection. After becoming dubious friends with Camilla and meeting a dashing possible suitor in Edward, Catharine encounters various attachments and pairings between young people, some of them quite unexpected.

About the authors:

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.

Leo Rockas was a devoted professor of writing and literature at the University of Hartford, where he published several textbooks and essays on literary figures. In retirement as a widower, he keeps busy with playscripts, and studies in Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and other literary figures.

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Ride around the country with a reluctant wife and an excited husband in Gerri Almand's laugh-out-loud memoir The Reluctant RV Wife

Follow a reluctant wife and her excited husband through two humorously-conflicted years of RV travel. He wanted to go; she wanted to stay. They both learn, grow, and change as a new level of freedom evolves.

This book is light-hearted and humorous but at the same time serious. While not a How-To book, it gives lots of basic information about RVing. And while not a travelogue, it touches upon many travel destinations in the United States and Canada. On deeper levels, the book is about marital relationships, retiring and getting old, and finding a new kind of freedom through a minimalistic lifestyle.

After reading this book, you’ll never again look at one of those huge monstrosities driving down the road in quite the same way. The book answers questions for non-RVers and triggers chuckles of recognition from experienced RVers.

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About the Author

Gerri Almand is a retired social worker turned writer, storyteller, and speaker. Her husband’s retirement crisis, which included buying an RV and declaring they should see the world, has given her untold ammunition for writing material. With a permanent home address in Tampa, Florida, Gerri and her husband Michael Hamlin now switch off their reluctancies. She continues to feel quasi-reluctant on the road and he feels acutely-reluctant during their periods at home.

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Sometimes comic. Sometimes serious. Always surprising. Tough Girl in the Jam is an LGBTQ sports novel synced with the tensions of a fraught family drama.

Set in the fast and furious world of women's professional roller derby, Tough Girl in the Jam is a novel about sports, strength, and sacrifice. As the lead Jammer on the Philly Freedoms, Nina must prepare for the biggest season of her life alongside her biggest fan and girlfriend Rachel.

As Nina and Rachel move toward a deeper commitment and contemplate their lives together, Nina's estranged father falls ill, propelling her mother to pressure her to donate a kidney to save him.

When her father's life-threatening crisis falls on the day of the Freedoms' championship, Nina is forced to make the toughest play of her life.

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About the Author

Larry Loebell is a writer best known for his plays La Tempestad and House Divided and for having been one of the EMMY-winning writers on Rugrats season one. He has published two previous books of fiction, The Abundance League and Seven Steps Ahead. This is his first novel. Learn more about him at LarryLoebell-Writer.com

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Stay tuned for more from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these literary books from our catalog! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "3 Fascinating Literary Novels About Puerto Rico" or browse our virtual bookstore.

4 Terrifying Horror Novels to Make You Keep the Lights On

4 Terrifying Horror Novels to Make You Keep the Lights On

4 tales of terror from Sunbury Press

You're reading by the light of the fire, and you hear a sound behind you. But when you turn around, no one is there. Then when you return to your book, you see this:

  • A vampire with a thirst for the Virgin Mary
  • The haunting of an ancient burial ground
  • An intelligent, elusive serial killer in your backyard
  • Mutant pig people watching you

If you're ready to be spooked, check out 4 of Sunbury Press's most terrifying horror novels.


About these Horror Novels

About the Book

Join author JB Toner in this creepy, spine-tingling paranormal horror novel.

What if the Virgin Mary was bitten by a vampire? Danyaela Morrigan is an ex-Catholic, ex-college student, and ex-human seeking to share her eternal curse with the Mother of God.

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An evil serial killer hell-bent on accomplishing his brutal agenda unleashes his venom on the citizens of Boston. Ruthless, methodical, and with a taste for the ancient ways, this killer eludes Boston's finest and feels like he'll never be caught.

But The Watchmaker, a man guided by naturalistic methodology, must stretch boundaries and stop the villain before it's too late.

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About the Book

When Stephanie Wright and her family inherit a luxurious rural farmette in Schuylkill County, she believes all of her worries are over. Then, her husband stumbles upon an ancient family burial site, destroys it, and sends the dead knocking at their door.

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Pig

About the Book

In a small college town nestled at the foot of a strange mountain, a sinister group of mutant pig people are said to steal women in the night.

Carrie Owens has heard the story, but she doesn't believe it. She knows terror has other faces, for she volunteers at the local battered women's shelter, but she refuses to give credence to the boogeyman.

Until one night it becomes her reality.

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Stay tuned for more from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these terrifying horror novels from our catalog! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "4 Thrilling Murder Mysteries by Sherry Knowlton" or browse our virtual bookstore.

Linda Schwab and Todd Mealy’s “Displaced” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for January

Linda Schwab and Todd Mealy’s “Displaced” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for January

SUNBURY PRESS / DISTELFINK PRESS / OXFORD SOUTHERN – Bestsellers for January 2020 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Displaced Linda Schwab Holocaust Memoir
2 17 Do You, Without Them Calvin Richardson Musical Memoir
3 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
4 My War and Welcome to It Tom Copeland Vietnam Memoir
5 2 The Last Ride of the Iron Horse Dan Joseph Baseball
6 22 What Springs of Rain Lindsay Lough Nature
7 4 Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath Barbara Mancini Memoir
8 Surviving: A Kent State Memoir Paula Tucker Memoir
9 25 Wrestling with George Miles Richards History
10 5 I Made a Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It? Clarissa Jacobson Self-Help
11 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
12 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
13 11 The Most Hated Man in America Mark Pendergrast True Crime
14 7 The 1932 Yankees Ronald Januaryer Baseball
15 27 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
16 8 The Journalist Oxana Lapchuk Holocaust Memoir
17 Keeping the Lights on for Ike Rebecca Daniels History
18 24 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
19 Ingrid Newkirk Jon Hochschartner Biography
20 21 Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Scott Hendrix Science
21 30 Bandstandland Larry Lehmer History
22 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
23 19 Collission Course William Cook Basketball
24 The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Mark Singel History
25 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
26 6 The Foreman’s Boys William Marcum History
27 NEW The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Edward Hocker Biography
28 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
29 15 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
30 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman History
Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz’s “The Weathermaker” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz’s “The Weathermaker” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS  – Bestsellers for January 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW The Weathermaker Glenn Schwartz Climate Fiction
2 Sage Bob Wood Western
3 2 Secrets of the Galapagos Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
4 NEW Summer Squall Sarah Jones Murder Mystery
5 15 Magic Diary Pat LaMarche YA
6 Dying for Vengeance J M West Murder Mystery
7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports
8 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
9 3 The Vatican’s Vault Barry Libin Murder Mystery
10 8 The Road to Lattimer Virginia Rafferty Historical
11 Darkness at First Light J M West Murder Mystery
12 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Murder Mystery
13 6 The Ghosts of Saratoga Ossont & Dampf Historical YA
14 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
15 Miss Feezenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee YA
Chris Fenwick takes the top spot at Hellbender Books / Verboten Books for January with “Wolf”

Chris Fenwick takes the top spot at Hellbender Books / Verboten Books for January with “Wolf”

HELLBENDER BOOKS  – Bestsellers for January 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Wolf Chris Fenwick Supernatural Thriller
2 2 When the Sky Goes Dark Oliver Seneca Techno Thriller
3 5 Pig Nancy Williams Supernatural Thriller
4 4 Whisper Music JB Toner Supernatural Thriller
5 The Devil Tree II: The Calling Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
Michele Livingston’s “Spiritual Treasures” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for January

Michele Livingston’s “Spiritual Treasures” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for January

ARS METAPHYSICA  – Bestsellers for January 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Spritual Treasures Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
3 NEW The Three Supreme Gifts Lisa Hromada Spirituality
4 4 Der Lange Verborgene Freund J G Homan Powwow
5 The ABCs of Narcissism Michelle Hoffer Self-Help
Maia Williamson’s “Where the Tree Frogs Took Me” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for January

Maia Williamson’s “Where the Tree Frogs Took Me” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for January

BROWN POSEY PRESS  – Bestsellers for January 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Where the Tree Frogs Took Me Maia Williamson Travel Memoir
2 NEW Only You Eileen Obser Memoir
3 5 The Indigo Scarf PJ Piccirillo Literary Fiction
4 4 Rainwalkers Matt Ritter Climate Fiction
5 3 The Reluctant RV Wife Gerri Almand Travel Memoir
4 Great Nonfiction Books from Our Winter Catalog

4 Great Nonfiction Books from Our Winter Catalog

Looking for a little real-life reading? Check out these four new nonfiction books from our Winter catalog!

Always searching for the best in both fiction and nonfiction, we are proud to announce four new releases that span a variety of nonfiction categories. Whether you're searching for a travel memoir or a guide to caring for your loved ones, we've got you covered.

  1. WHERE THE TREE FROGS TOOK ME: Travel the world in a fascinating memoir by Maia Williamson about experiencing new places and meeting new people.
  2. WHAT TO DO ABOUT MAMA?: Discover the realities of caregiving and learn firsthand tips for how to succeed if you're caring for those you love.
  3. DISPLACED: A HOLOCAUST MEMOIR: Six-year-old Linda Schwab sees atrocities no child (or adult) should ever see.
  4. CRUEL DEATH, HEARTLESS AFTERMATH: Barbara Mancini explores a real-life, widely publicized scenario about the "right-to-die"  law.

More about our recent releases 

#1. Where the tree Frogs Took Me

About the Book

One woman. Twenty years of travel. A lifetime of change.

Where the Tree Frogs Took Me is an inspirational read to help you find the significance of each encounter and the truth of where they lead you.

#2. What to Do About Mama?

About the Book

What to Do About Mama? is a book of the challenges, heartaches, and joys you could experience while caregiving. Including down-to-Earth guidance for present and future caregivers, this is a refreshing "regular person" book about caring for those you love.

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#3. Displaced: A Holocaust Memoir

About the Book

In the Holocaust, six-year-old Linda Schwab saw atrocities no one should never see.

After escaping a massacre, she disappeared to a cave with her family for 18 months, where they hid from Nazi officers, from the blistering cold, and from the danger of taking one wrong step.
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#2. Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath

About the Book

Part memoir, part detective story, and part social commentary, Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath is the compelling narrative of a daughter following a father's orders for a peaceful death, only to be caught in a whirlwind of national media about the notion of "right to die."

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Stay tuned for more from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these great nonfiction books we published this winter! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "3 Fascinating Literary Novels about Puerto Rico" or browse our virtual bookstore.

3 Fascinating Literary Novels about Puerto Rico

Former New York Daily News reporter Robert Friedman pens three fascinating literary novels about Puerto Rico 

Ready for a trip to the Caribbean?

Crime, corruption, colonialism, and compassion. The Puerto Rico Trilogy by Robert Friedman consists of three separate character-driven novels that focus on this Caribbean island and its complex political and social relationship with the US.

Whether you want to see what it's like to live in Puerto Rico or you're in the mood for a well-written literary fiction series, former New York Daily News reporter Robert Friedman's got you covered


Praise for the Puerto Rico Trilogy

Book 1

"Well-written, well-paced, and thoroughly satisfying."

Book 2

"A gripping account of lost love, the temptations of the drug trade, and the struggle to survive in a difficult world."

Book 3

"A wonderful novel that gives you an inside look at what it was like in [1980s] Puerto Rico."

The Odyssey of Pablo Camino

About the Book

The Odyssey of Pablo Camino was inspired by a real-life incident when a stateside doctor, sent to the island for research, claimed in a letter that he purposely killed eight of his patients because of his disgust with the "natives."

In this first novel, the doctor's fictional son, a well-known but troubled Puerto Rican artist, goes on a search for the truth of his father's possibly murderous past.

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The Defining Sea

About the Book

The Defining Sea was also sparked by US-Puerto Rico history. Its plot is derived from the US Navy's decades-long fire and bombing exercises on the inhabited offshore Puerto Rico island of Vieques, which caused death and serious illness.

This story concerns a 20-year-old University of Puerto Rico student who delivers drugs between the island and the states to raise money for a scholarship that will be named after his girlfriend, killed by police during a protest.

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Ulysses in San Juan

About the Book

The year is 1980, and Wolf, a survivor of Auschwitz, is trying once again to build a new life, this time in Puerto Rico. As the final novel in the trilogy, Ulysses in San Juan tells of a captivating relationship between a Jewish concentration camp survivor and a Puerto Rican female drug addict.
It takes the reader on a trip into the San Juan underworld, as well as to other island sites to meet crooked, poignant, and colorful characters.

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Stay tuned for more great books from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these fascinating novels about Puerto Rico!  Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "4 Thrilling Murder Mysteries Set in Pennsylvania" or browse our virtual bookstore.