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 As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns,  by David Alan Heller


World War II threatened to ruin Major League Baseball.  By 1945, over 500 major leaguers and 3,000 minor league prospects had been enlisted for the war effort, leaving a dearth of talent for the Big Leagues.  The St. Louis Browns, like other AL and NL clubs, were forced to fill holes in their roster with scrubs---retired major leaguers, 4-F players (those dismissed from the military due to physical ailments), and youngsters not yet ready to leave the minors.  But there were still some top level players to be had, and 1944 Browns manager Luke Sewell assembled the franchise's most successful team ever, taking the St. Louis ball club to its first and only Fall Classic.  Author David Heller champions the '44 Browns as legitimate pennant winners, worthy of the same respect given to the '43 Yankees and '45 Cubs.  Along with a wealth of biographical info on the team's colorful cast of characters, he recounts the entire season---from spring training woes, through one of the most exciting pennant races of any decade, to the all-St. Louis World Series versus the cross-town rival Cardinals.  Over 50 vintage photographs highlight the book.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     

Price: $21.00


The Boston Braves,  by Richard A. John


On March 13, 1953, the Boston Braves left their hometown after playing 76 seasons of baseball in Boston.  They ended up in Atlanta via Milwaukee, but their rich history was already made in New England, where they captured ten pennants and one world championship.  The 1914 World Series, a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics, was considered by the Associated Press to be the greatest sports upset of the first half of the twentieth century.  In The Boston Braves, author Richard Johnson tells the story of this beloved team.  Thirty-eight Braves represent their team in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame, including players as famous as Rabbit Maranville and Babe Ruth and as colorful as Kid Nichols and Warren Spahn.  The Braves left more than just a baseball legacy in Boston.  In 1947, Braves' management founded the Jimmy Fund, now an internationally known organization, to raise funds for cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  In 1950, outfielder Sam Jethroe made history as Boston's first African-American major leaguer. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price: $21.00


The Boston Red Sox: From CY to the Kid,  by Mark Rucker and Bernard M. Corbett


Boston and the American League have shared a history since the circuit's debut in 1901.  The Boston Americans outdrew their established National League counterparts the first year of their existence and never looked back.  The century-long love affair between Boston and the team that soon became known as the Red Sox began to blossom in 1903 as the Americans captured the first-ever World Series.  This book depicts the early history of the American League franchise from Boston, beginning with pitching legend Cy Young, center fielder Tris Speaker, and a young phenomenon named Babe Ruth, who defined the team's era of dominance that culminated with the 1918 World Series.  The franchise's descent in the 1920s is chronicled, followed by the arrival of the game's greatest hitter, Ted Williams, the most significant of several additions that made the Red Sox one of baseball's premier teams of the postwar era. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
Price:   $21.00


Brooklyn Dodgers,  by Mark Rucker 


If there ever was a place in America where a city and its baseball team were as close as family, it was Brooklyn.  The legacy of this relationship comes down to us in stories of childhoods spent at Ebbets Field and in the stories of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, whose courage changed the face of America.  Baseball in Brooklyn goes back to the beginning of the sport, when a young city embraced a new game and, like missionaries, carried it to the nation.  Brooklyn Dodgers carries us from the birth of baseball in the streets of Brooklyn through the decades in Flatbush when Ebbets Field was the center of the Brooklyn community.  That was a time when the players lived in the neighborhoods not far from the ballpark, side by side with their followers.  Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, and Johnny Podres all make appearances in this book that tells the story of a great team’s beginning and concludes with the heart-wrenching move of the franchise to the West Coast after the 1957 season.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.      
Price: S21.00


Chicago Cubs: 1926-1940,  by Art Ahrens 


The Chicago Cubs of the mid-1920s through 1940 were one of the most talented and exciting ball clubs the city ever produced.  North Side fans enjoyed 14 consecutive winning seasons as their team claimed the National League pennant four times (1929, 1932, 1935, and 1938), but fell to a dominant American League club in each World Series appearance.  Four legendary baseball names led the Cub teams during this amazing stretch.  Three eventually landed in Cooperstown (McCarthy, Hornsby, Hartnett), and many believe the fourth (Grimm) should have joined them.  This was also the era when Cubs Park was transformed into Wrigley Field, with its trademark bricks and ivy, hand-operated scoreboard, and outfield bleachers.  Art Ahrens revisits this unforgettable era with all the aplomb of a master storyteller and the passion of a lifelong Cub fan. 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
Price: $19.95



Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley,  by Dan Campana and Rob Carroll


The Cubs have called Wrigley Field home since 1916 and have treated their loyal fans with memories that have lasted for generations.  From the legend of Babe Ruth’s called shot to Kerry Wood’s dominant 20-strikeout performance, great games, notable names and a multitude of memorable moments have played out at Clark and Addison to create baseball’s most recognizable relationship: the Cubs and Wrigley Field.  In Cubs 100, the authors celebrate this grand anniversary with a collection of baseball tales, including highlights from the exciting 2015 season, from storytellers such as Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Len Kasper and many others who know the symbiotic connection between the historic franchise and its iconic home.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 208 pgs.

Price: $21.00


Chicago Cubs: Tinker to Evers to Chance,  by Art Ahrens 


It has been a long time.  Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance—that “trio of bear cubs” immortalized in poem and enshrined as a unit in Cooperstown—formed the core of a ball club that brought Chicago baseball fans back-to-back World Series championships 100 years ago.  And fans are still waiting for victory number three.  Art Ahrens, who was featured in HBO’s “Wait ‘til Next Year,” knows the meaning of that phrase as well as any Cubs fan.  Here he takes the reader back to the not-so-halcyon days of spitball pitchers, inside-the-park home runs, and an era when raucous fans lined the foul lines, often a little too close for comfort for the visiting ballplayers. Beginning in 1898 with the acquisition of a green Frank Chance and following the team’s exploits through the 1916 season, the last for Joe Tinker in a Cubs uniform, this is the story of Wrigleyville’s favorite tenants, before there was a Wrigleyville.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price: $19.95

Chicago Sluggers: The First 75 Years,  by John Freyer and Mark Rucker 


The Chicago White Stockings—later renamed the Cubs—won the inaugural National League Pennant in 1876 with a barrage of offensive numbers.  Ross Barnes led the league at a .421 clip, and three other Chicago batters finished among the league’s top five hitters.  Even pitcher Al Spalding hit an impressive .312.  Thus began the "Northsiders" tradition of producing some of the major leagues’ greatest sluggers—including "Cap" Anson, "Gabby" Hartnett, and "Hack" Wilson. Fielded for the first time with a name that stuck, the Chicago White Sox won the inaugural American League Pennant in 1901, led by Fielder Jones’ .311 average.  Built more around pitching than hitting, the team won its first World Series title in 1906 with the nickname "The Hitless Wonders."  But the "Southsiders" also put up some lofty offensive numbers with the likes of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins.  For Chicago baseball fans, this is a unique visual-historical tour of the city’s rich baseball heritage from the first 75 years.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price: $21.00


100 Things White Sox Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,

by Bob Vanderburg


Most Chicago White Sox fans have taken in games at old Comiskey Park and U.S. Cellular Field, have seen highlights of a young Frank Thomas and remember the glory of the 2005 World Series.  But only real fans know how Larry Himes changed franchise history, remember the exploits of Nellie Fox and the 1959 Go-Go White Sox or have visited the Sox's spring training home at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  This is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Chicago White Sox.  Bob Vanderburg grew up in Chicago and attended his first Sox game--a brutal 9th-inning loss to the Yankees--in 1954.  The long-time Chicago Tribune sports writer has collected every essential piece of White Sox knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an easy-to-follow checklist for devoted fans.


Softcover, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 288 pgs.

Price:  $14.95


Chicago White Sox: 1959 and Beyond, by Dan Helpingstine


The Chicago White Sox are a charter member of the American League. Through a little over a century of baseball, they have accumulated a history of triumphs, scandals, and heartbreaking setbacks. The photographs in this book come from the collections of Leo Labau, Mark Fletcher, and Gerry Bilek, three lifelong White Sox fans. The images show dramatic, emotional, and light moments that could only happen in a baseball game played on the south side of Chicago. In these pages you will find showmen Bill Veeck and Harry Carey, the 1959 World Series, sluggers like Allen, Melton, Zisk, Gamble, and Kittle, and great pitchers like Peters, Horlen, and Wood. There are no world championships in this story, just the great moments of a team that hasgiven its fans great memories.  


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs. 

Price: $21.00


Chicago Cubs: Baseball on Catalina Island,  by Jim Vitti


It's not like today's spring training: one might find a rookie ballplayer (nicknamed Hack) uprooting trees with his bare hands or a future president of the United States getting into a barroom brawl with some grizzled sportswriters.  The team was the Chicago Cubs, and the place was Santa Catalina Island-through the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, and World War II. William Wrigley owned both island and ballclub; from 1921 to 1951, they came together.  There were movie stars, like Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe.  There were grand steamships, big bands, hopes and dreams, and World Series rings.  It's Chicago Cubs: Baseball on Catalina Island, and it's a trip like no other.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price:  $21.00


The Cincinnati Reds: 1900-1950,  by Kevin Grace


In the first half of the twentieth century, the Cincinnati Reds—though only rarely dominant on the field—exerted considerable influence over the world of organized baseball.  The creation of the World Series, baseball’s first “de facto” commissioner, nighttime baseball beneath the lights, radio broadcasts, and modern groundskeeping—all innovations in major league baseball that can be attributed to the Cincinnati Reds.  The 1919 Reds played in one of the most infamous sporting events ever, winning the World Series over the scandal-ridden Chicago “Black Sox.”  They returned to the Fall Classic in 1939 and 1940 without controversy, winning the championship in ‘40.  This is the era of The Palace of the Fans and Crosley Field, of a 15-year-old pitcher turned Cincinnati legend, and of Hall of Famers Ed Roush, Eppa Rixey, and Ernie Lombardi.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.      

Price: $21.00



The Cleveland Indians: The Cleveland Press Years, 1920-1982,  by David Borsvold


The Cleveland Indians came into existence along with the American League in 1901, and their rich and fascinating history has been well documented in photographs.  Many prints from the Cleveland Press archive, dating from 1920 until the newspaper's closure in 1982, are reproduced in this book, along with a brief history of the team's successes and failures in each decade.  Most of these classic photographs, which include great Indians players like Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller and slugger Rocky Colavito, a fan favorite, have not been seen in print for decades.  You will also see baseball legends Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg, and Joe DiMaggio as they compete with the Tribe.   


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.      
Price: $21.00


The Cubs Win the Pennant!  by John C. Skipper
Charlie Grimm, the Billy Goat Curse, and the 1945 World Series Run

On September 29, 1945, the Chicago Cubs’ fireball pitcher Paul Erickson threw a curve ball to Tommy O’Brien of the Pittsburgh Pirates with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. O’Brien’s knees buckled, as any hitter’s knees would when he expects a fastball but gets a curve instead. O’Brien had reason to be surprised—it was Erickson’s first curveball of the game--and some claim that it was his first of the year. The ball crossed home plate for strike three. The Cubs won 4-3 and captured the National League championship.
John Skipper, a career newsman and former general manager of a minor league team, interviewed nine surviving members of the 1945 Cubs for this book. Pitchers Erickson, Hank Borowy, Hank Wyse and Claude Passeau, second baseman Don Johnson, shortstop Lenny Merullo, backup catcher Dewey Williams, first baseman Phil Cavaretta, and outfielder Andy Pafko share their recollections of that magical Cubs season and the thrilling journey to a Cubs National League pennant.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 211 pgs., photos, bibliography     

Price: $34.95
Detroit Sluggers: The First 75 Years,  by Mark Rucker
Ever since the city was granted its first major-league team, the Wolverines in 1881, Detroit baseball fans have packed the parks to loyally cheer for their favorite sluggers at the plate.  Big Dan Brouthers helped the Detroit ball club win its first National League pennant with 12 home runs, 101 RBIs, and a league-leading 153 runs scored in 1887.  Twenty years later, a rookie named Ty Cobb, at the start of a hall-of-fame career, led the league in batting and the Tigers to three successive American League pennants.  Hank Greenberg, Rudy York, and Al Kaline joined the ranks of Motor City sluggers in the coming decades who thrilled fans with the long ball in pennant race after exciting pennant race.  Written from the perspective of an old-time fan, this is a fun read for any Motor City baseball enthusiast. 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
Price: $21.00

New York Giants: A Baseball Album,  by Richard Bak


The New York Giants have sent more men to the Baseball Hall of Fame than any other team, a distinction that only begins to hint at the place this storied franchise holds in the long history of America’s national pastime.  Between 1883 and 1957, a span of 75 summers, the Giants were one of professional sports’ great dynasties.  Besides 17 National League pennants and 8 world pennants the team won during this period, there were the unique personalities and imperishable moments that remain so much a part of the lore of the game: John McGraw’s pugnacity, Christy Mathewson’s fadeaway, Fred Snodgrass’s muff, Mel Ott’s leg kick, Carl Hubbell’s scroogie, Bobby Thomson’s home run, and Willie Mays’ catch.   Sports historian Richard Bak tells the story of this historic team with an illustrated chronicle using nearly 190 vintage photographs, period advertisements, and historic scorecards. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.   

Price: $21.00 

New York Yankees: The First 25 Years,  by Vincent Luisi


Two years after the establishment of the American Baseball League in 1901, New Yorkers Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the American League Baltimore Orioles for $18,000 and moved the franchise to New York.  This was the humble beginning of the legendary New York Yankees.  With photos from the Yankees archives, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and several private collections, this fascinating history of the Yankees chronicles the evolution of the team between 1903 and 1928.  Featured are rare and spectacular photos of players, managers, the early spring training sites, and the early Hilltop Park.  Highlights include the team's rivalry with John McGraw's New York Giants; the story of pitcher Jack Chesbro, who despite his record forty-one wins, lost the pennant because of a wild pitch in the last game of the season; the construction of Yankee Stadium, completed in 1923; and the development by 1927 of one of the Yankees' greatest teams, which included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
Price: $21.00



Yankees Baseball: The Golden Age,  by Richard Bak

Between 1920 and 1964, the Bronx Bombers dominated the game of baseball.  The Yankees won 29 American League pennants and 20 World Series during this golden era, their diamond exploits thrilling generations of fans and their statistical achievements becoming familiar numbers in the lore of the game: Babe Ruth’s 714 home runs; Lou Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive games played; Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak; Casey Stengel’s 5 straight world championships; Mickey Mantle’s 565-foot home run; and Roger Maris’s 61 round-trippers.  The tradition of excellence began in the 1920s with the Murderers’ Row teams, named for their “killer” batting lineups, and continued through the early 1960s, by which time the team had established itself as the most successful franchise in sports history.  In this striking and nostalgic volume featuring many rarely seen photographs, we meet the heroes that were the New York Yankees.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.

Price: $21.00



The Philadelphia Athletics,  by William C. Kashatus


In October 1954, the Philadelphia Athletics relocated to Kansas City, ending more than a half-century of American League baseball in the City of Brotherly Love.  But of all the professional sports teams ever to play in the city, Connie Mack's Athletics remain the most successful---and frustrating.  Their five World Series titles and nine pennants were balanced with seventeen last-place finishes.  Mack's 3,776 victories as a manager were only exceeded by the 4,025 defeats he suffered---still a record for most losses by a single manager.  Eighteen Philadelphia Athletics are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including players as famous as Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx, and Lefty Grove and as colorful as Rube Waddell, Chief Bender, and Al Simmons.  From the early days of the American League, when the Athletics were ridiculed as the "White Elephants," through the glory years and their final decade in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Athletics tells the poignant story of a manager and team who were among the greatest---and most comedic---of all time.  


Softcover, 6 x 9, 96 pgs.     

Price: $21.00 


The Philadelphia Phillies, by Seamus Kearney and Dick Rosen


The Philadelphia Phillies, one of the oldest teams in major league baseball, have maintained a strong, loyal fan base for over 125 years.  Despite historic set backs, the franchise has proven resilient and evolved into a perennial contender with consistently large attendance figures.  In fact, the Phillies claim 37 Hall of Famers, two World Series championships, seven National League pennants, and nine division titles.  The Philadelphia Phillies chronicles the greatness of Grover Cleveland Alexander, the remarkable career of Richie Ashburn, the perfection of Jim Bunning, and the teams of success and luster as well as those shining stars of the less successful eras.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price: $21.00





The Pittsburgh Pirates,  by David Finoli


The Pittsburgh Pirates have thrilled their fans for more than 120 years.  Beginning as the Allegheny's, the Pirates boast 35 hall of famers, five world champions, nine National League pennants, and nine division titles.  Treasured memories, from Honus Wagner's all-around excellence and Mazeroski's remarkable 1960 World Series blast to Roberto Clemente's grace on and off the field, are captured in this book by a loyal fan who has penned two previous books on the Pirates. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price: $21.00



Women's Baseball,  by John M. Kovach

In 1866, just one year after the end of the Civil War, the first documented female baseball players took to the field at Vassar College.  Those early pioneers paved the way for women who would play baseball both as amateurs and professionals up to the present day.  Some were headlining stars on barnstorming teams.  Others organized and operated their own teams.  From the 1890s through the 1930s they were known as Bloomer Girls, due to the baggy pants created by Amelia Bloomer.  In 1988, the American Women’s Baseball Association began play in the Chicago area.  With play starting in 1990, the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Women’s Baseball League is now the oldest operating women’s amateur baseball league in the country.  In 2001, a true baseball World Series was held in Toronto, Canada, with women’s baseball teams from the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia.  That event will celebrate its eighth season in 2008.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.   
Price: $19.95

Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years,  by Dan Campana and Rob Carroll  


Charge through the turnstiles and get your program.  This collection of personal stories celebrates baseball's greatest ballpark and the sacred space it occupies in the hearts of Cubs fans and the soul of Wrigleyville.  With contributors like Bob Costas, Rick Sutcliffe and Steve Stone, this informal oral history salutes the legacy that has made Wrigley such an unforgettable part of baseball and Chicago for the last century.  These 100 stories reflect the variety of millions of Cubs fans around the world, from those whose relationship with the "friendly confines" has lasted a lifetime to those who are taking their seats up close to the ivy for the very first time

Introduction by WGN-TV's Dan Roan, Featuring a special story by Kerry Wood.


Softcover, 6 x 9

Price: $19.50



Wrigley Field's Last World Series,  by Charles N. Billington

Between 1900 and 1945, the Chicago Cubs won ten National League pennants and finished last only once.  In 1945, their fielding, hitting and pitching were in top form.  Yet they lost the World Series to the Detroit Tigers, a team with one of the most mediocre records in pennant history.  With inning-by-inning accounts of critical games, the author discusses how and why the team fell apart--and still struggles to put itself back together.  Includes 25 photos by acclaimed photographer George Brace. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 321 pgs.

Price: $16.95