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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Thanks for checking out these books about baseball history! 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.

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The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

Adams County native was one of the stars of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – April 10, 2018 — Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie Plank grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer. By his early twenties, he was a local star on the town ball team and enrolled in the Gettysburg Academy in order to pitch for the Gettysburg College team. Soon after, Connie Mack from the Philadelphia Athletics in the newly-formed American League came calling and the rest is history.

Eddie Plank was the mainstay of Connie Mack’s early success from 1901 through 1914. Plank’s unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control brought him consistent results. While others out-pitched him during individual seasons, “Steady-Eddie”provided Mack excellence year after year while others came and went.

Gettysburg Eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman. Upon hearing of Eddie’s premature death in 1926, Mack remarked, “I feel like a father must feel who has lost a son.”

“P is for Plank
The arm of the A’s;
When he tangled with Matty
Games lasted for days.”

– “Lineup for Yesterday” by Ogden Nash

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr has authored or co-authored over 20 books, mostly on history or biography. 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.

By Lawrence Knorr
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620061701
424 Pages indexed
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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William Cook's "Diamond Madness" recounts some of the strangest incidents in baseball history

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released best-selling author William A. Cook’s baseball history compilation “Diamond Madness: The Strange, Rowdy, Violent and sometimes Racist Relationship between Major League Fans and Players.”

dm_fcAbout the Book:
For more than one hundred and thirty-five years baseball has been considered America’s game. Major league baseball was the first sport in the country to be played before large crowds in enclosed stadiums. Also it was the first sport to have its games broadcast daily on powerhouse 50,000 watt radio stations from the east coast to the Great Plains.

For as long as the “Grand Old Game” of baseball has existed there has been a close relationship between the fans and players. Generally that relationship has amounted to harmless hero worship; fathers passing stories of the grandstand heroes of their youth on to future generations of fans. However, at times a dark side has come to the fore in the relationship between fans and players; one that has been rowdy, sometimes racist, sometimes violent and in some cases deadly. Episodes of rowdyism and violence involving fans and players in major league baseball tend to attract wider media coverage and tend to be more controversial than those in other professional sports because baseball is an environment considered to be family oriented and one deeply rooted in American culture through legends, song and verse.

Contents:
Mugging The Umpire
Ty Cobb Attacks Fan
Troubles for John McGraw
Babe Ruth booed, wants to fight fans
Memorable Incidents of Post Season Fan Rowdyism
Eddie Waitkus shot By Deranged Admirer
Mystery Bullet Kills Fan at the Polo Grounds
The Duke of Flatbush fights Fan in the Queen City
Personal Troublers and Death Threats for Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin
Jim Piersall vs. the Fans
Henry Aaron, Racism, Death Threats and 715
Steel City Melodrama
Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland
Lyman Bostock shot and killed in Gary, Indiana
Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park
Joe Morgan illegally arrested at Los Angeles International Airport
The Steve Bartman Affair
Giants Fan Is Beaten Senseless at Dodger Stadium
Major Leaguers as Crime Victims
Latin Players: Big Contracts and Security Risks
Appendices:
True Bill – Indictment of Ruth Ann Steinhagen
Petition filed on behalf of Ruth Ann Steinhagen

Diamond Madness
Authored by William A. Cook
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
270 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062258
ISBN-10: 1620062259
BISAC: Sports/Baseball/History

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Diamond-Madness-97816200…

Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook