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The Narrative Of The 1970s Boston Red Sox
by Dan Flaherty

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English

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Publication Date

March 23, 2017

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The culture of the Boston Red Sox changed starting with the 1968 season. The franchise was coming off a miracle pennant run—The Impossible Dream year of 1967. When those Red Sox fell just short of winning the World Series there were no recriminations and no talk of a jinx. It was through the ensuing decade, through the repeated frustrations of the 1970s Boston Red Sox, that the dynamic changed.<br /><br />Boston produced consistently good teams throughout the decade, the best sustained stretch of baseball New England had seen since the days when Babe Ruth still wore a Red Sox uniform. But they never won a World Series title and with the innocence of ‘67 in the rearview mirror, it wasn’t good enough.<br /><br />With each ensuing heartbreak the demands for the franchise to take the final step escalated, as did the willingness of pundits to come up with bizarre reasons for the failure to do so. The culture of Red Sox Nation that many of us grew up knowing and some us grew into loving—the futile pursuit of a title—was born.<br /><br />This blog compilation looks at each season in this era of 1968-80, The Heartbreak Decade of Boston Red Sox history. You’ll read about the following…<br /><br />*How Boston came off the 1967 pennant and established that they were no one-year wonder, continuing to play winning baseball, even if they were off the pace of the league’s elite. Those first four post-Impossible Dream years paved the way for the heartbreak of 1972 and the utter collapse of 1974.<br /><br />*The long-awaited return to postseason play in 1975, from winning the AL East with room to spare, to ending MLB’s great dynasty of the early 1970s to a heroic battle in the World Series that came up just one run short.<br /><br />*Injury-riddle disappointment in 1976 and losing a tough AL East race in 1977 set the stage for the worst heartbreak of all—blowing a big division lead against the Yankees and losing an epic one-game playoff in Fenway Park.<br /><br />*The gradual fade of 1979 and 1980. The Red Sox were still a winning team in those years, but it was apparent the window on winning a World Series had closed.<br /><br />Each of the following pieces is published on TheSportsNotebook.com and has been edited for this compilation to create a cohesive narrative about the Boston Red Sox of the 1970s. Read about all the key players, the biggest games—regular season and playoffs—that raised fans’ hopes and ultimately left them dashed. <br />
Fantasy Baseball for Smart People: How to Use Math and Psychology...
by Jonathan Bales

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English

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Publication Date

March 22, 2017

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There's been a shift in the DFS industry; more than ever, top players are utilizing game theory, psychology, and advanced modeling to predict player performance and ownership in order to find an edge.<br /><br />In <i>Fantasy Baseball for Smart People: How to Use Math and Psychology to Win at DFS</i>, you'll have access to all of the latest daily fantasy baseball data--performance analytics, ownership percentages, and more--as well as simple ways to implement the numbers and exploit public biases to make money.<br /><br />You'll learn how to:<br /><br /> - Predict ownership (with brand new ownership percentages)<br /> - Use new advanced batted ball data to find a huge untapped edge<br /> - Exploit Vegas lines<br /> - Benefit from others' mistakes<br /><br /><i>How to Use Math and Psychology to Win at DFS</i> is your guide to competing with daily fantasy baseball's elite.
Baseball in Buffalo (Images of Baseball)
by Paul Langendorfer

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English

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128

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March 20, 2017

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Since the time of the Civil War, baseball has played an important role in Buffalo, New York. Though most of the area’s baseball pioneers, including Ollie Carnegie and Luke Easter, are gone, they live on in the memories of fans, and some of their names have even graced the facades of facilities, like Offermann Stadium. In this book, Paul Langendorfer and the Buffalo History Museum have included each inning of the Queen City’s rich baseball heritage, from the 19th-century Niagaras and the 1913–1915 Federal League to the Buffalo Bisons.
Baseball in Northwest Iowa (Images of Baseball)
by Joan Wendl Thomas

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English

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128

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March 20, 2017

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While new railroad tracks cut through Northwestern Iowa in the mid-19th century, hardy pioneers cultivated the fertile soil, and the burgeoning sport of baseball took root and flourished. An integral element of the developing culture, it promoted community pride. Eight Northwestern Iowa towns supported professional teams by 1912, the first being Sioux City in 1888. Over time, that city’s clubs produced hall-of-fame shortstop Dave Bancroft and initiated the still-existing American League. Homegrown talent from an abundance of professional, semiprofessional, and amateur clubs throughout the area’s 19 counties yielded 38 major-league players before 1960 and more since.
Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son
by Paul Dickson

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English

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334

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March 21, 2017

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<b>From Paul Dickson, the Casey AwardÂ?winning author of <i>Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick</i>, the first full biography of Leo Durocher, one of the most colorful and important figures in baseball history.</b><br /><br />Leo Durocher (1906Â?1991) was baseball's all-time leading cocky, flamboyant, and galvanizing character, casting a shadow across several eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the Space Age Astrodome, from Prohibition through the Vietnam War. For more than forty years, he was at the forefront of the game, with a Zelig-like ability to be present as a player or manager for some of the greatest teams and defining baseball moments of the twentieth century. A rugged, combative shortstop and a three-time All-Star, he became a legendary manager, winning three pennants and a World Series in 1954. <br /><br />Durocher performed on three main stages: New York, Chicago, and Hollywood. He entered from the wings, strode to where the lights were brightest, and then took a poke at anyone who tried to upstage him. On occasion he would share the limelight, but only with Hollywood friends such as actor Danny Kaye, tough-guy and sometime roommate George Raft, Frank Sinatra, and his third wife, movie star Laraine Day.<br /><br />As he did with Bill Veeck, Dickson explores Durocher's life and times through primary source materials, interviews with those who knew him, and original newspaper files. A superb addition to baseball literature, <i>Leo Durocher</i> offers fascinating and fresh insights into the racial integration of baseball, Durocher's unprecedented suspension from the game, the two clubhouse revolts staged against him in Brooklyn and Chicago, and Durocher's vibrant life off the field.
The SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring (The SABR Digital Library 4...
by Larry Gerlach

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English

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March 18, 2017

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A collaboration of 34 SABR members. This book includes biographies of all the umpires in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, other notable arbiters, essays about professional female umpires, umpiring in the Negro Leagues, explorations of the baseball rules, umpire equipment, and much more.<br /><br />During the work on this book, we interviewed 56 major league umpires, former umpires, supervisors and umpire administrators, and others whose jobs cause them to interact with umpires. We hope to shed light on the umpiring profession past and present, the work involved on the field, and the arduous challenges and sacrifices it takes to become an umpire at the top of the profession. <br /><br />We have tried to look at the occupation from many different angles. No book can cover all facets of the job, but we hope to give readers a fuller appreciation of baseball and those charged with the integrity of the game. <br /><br />Contributions by David W. Anderson, Andy Andres, Mark Armour, Perry Barber, John Behrend, Dennis Bingham, Alan Cohen, Reynaldo Cruz, Kevin Cuddihy, Rob Edelman, Eric Frost, Larry Gerlach, Dennis Goodman, Leslie Heaphy, Harold R. Higham, Bob Hurte, Gil Imber, Rodney Johnson, Chuck Johnson, Stephen Johnson III, Bob LeMoine, Hank Levy, Bob Luke, Shaun McReady, Brian Mills, Bill Nowlin, Al Piacente, Bill Pruden, David Vincent, Bob Webster, Chris Williams, Herb Wilson.<br /><br />HALL OF FAME UMPIRES<br />Al Barlick<br />Nestor Chylak<br />Jocko Conlan<br />Tommy Connolly<br />Billy Evans<br />Doug Harvey<br />Cal Hubbard<br />Bill Klem<br />Bill McGowan<br />Hank O’Day<br /><br />OTHER NOTABLE UMPIRES<br />Emmett Ashford<br />Charlie Berry<br />Augie Donatelli<br />Tom Gorman<br />Steve Palermo<br />Babe Pinelli<br />Ernie Quigley<br />Beans Reardon<br />Rev. Dr. Crew Chief Ted Barrett<br />Chris Guccione<br /><br />HISTORICAL DATA<br />Retired Numbers (and un-retired) from the Umpires Media Guide <br />Honor Rolls of Baseball<br />Umpires who Played and/or Managed in the Major Leagues<br />Umpire Records<br />Umpires and No-Hitters<br />Historical Timeline of Major League Umpiring from the Umpires Media Guide <br />Umpires in Postseason<br /><br />OTHER UMPIRES, OTHER PLACES<br />Umpires in the Negro Leagues<br />Three Arizona League Umpires<br />Once Upon a Blue Moon: A Love Affair with Umpiring<br />Around the World of Umpiring by Clark G. “Red” Merchant<br />Larry Young and International Umpiring<br />Cuban Umpiring<br />Umpire Elber Ibarra<br />Umpiring in Korea<br /><br />PROFESSIONAL WOMAN UMPIRES<br />Amanda Clement: The Lady in Blue<br />The Stained Grass Window by Perry Barber<br />Yanet Moreno, the First Woman Umpire in Any Country’s Major League<br /><br />Umpire Schools: Training Grounds for the Guardians of the Game<br />An Umpire School Diary<br />A Visit to the Wendelstedt Umpire School in 2017<br /><br />The Evolution of Umpires’ Equipment and Uniforms<br />Ted Barrett’s Chest Protector and Plate Brush<br />What Do Umpires Do Exactly?<br />When the Rules Aren’t the Rules<br />Baseball Q & A - Applying the Rules <br />Umpire Mechanics<br />Umpire Changes During A Game<br />A History of Umpire Ejections<br />Throwing Out 17 Players In One Game<br /><br />Dave Mellor, Director of Grounds, Fenway Park <br />Dean Lewis, Umpires Room Attendant <br />Chris Cundiff, Batboy <br />Replay As An Umpiring Tool<br />Larry Vanover — the first umpire to make a call at the Replay Operations Center <br />Rich Rieker, Director of Umpire Development<br />Umpire Observer Kevin O’Connor<br />Ross Larson, Instant Replay Coordinator<br />Replay Behind the Scenes — At the Ballpark <br />Andy Andres, Field Timing Coordinator <br />Dan Fish, Replay Headset Coordinator <br />Jeremy Almazan, Replay Headset Coordinator <br />John Herrholz, Ballpark Camera Technician <br />Umpire Analytics<br /><br />The Chest Protector<br />What’s In the Water in Coldwater, Michigan?<br />One Umpire’s Schedule<br />Umpires and Health<br />Marc Letendre, Director, Umpire Medical Services<br />Kevin Gregg, Director of Media Relations, Boston Red Sox<br />“Batter Ump” — Basebrawls Involving Umpires<br />Death on the Diamond — The Cal Drummond Story<br />The Story of UMPS CARE Charities<br /><br />HISTORY<br />Disqualification of Umpire Dick Higham<br />Deadball Era Umpires<br />Umpires and Unionization<br /><br />and much more!
Il ritorno (Italian Edition)
by Joe Corso

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Italian

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187

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February 01, 2017

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Billy ha raggiunto l’apice del successo nel baseball, ma all’improvviso scopre di non essere più il campione che tutti ammiravano. <br />Billy Wagner si era ritirato dal baseball lo scorso anno, dopo aver realizzato un indimenticabile <i>perfect game</i>, ma i Mets lo convincono a tornare a giocare per una sola stagione offrendogli una fortuna, convinti che lui li condurrà dritti ai campionati mondiali. Vorrebbe finire la stagione in bellezza – ma un imprevisto potrebbe essergli d’intralcio. <br />Questa storia parla di amicizia, di coraggio, e della consapevolezza che nel momento in cui perdiamo una nostra certezza è possible trovare dentro di noi qualcosa di meglio con cui sostituirla.<br />
The Culture of Sports in the Harlem Renaissance
by Daniel Anderson

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English

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277

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May 16, 2017

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During the African American cultural resurgence of the 1920s and 1930s, professional athletes shared the spotlight with artists and intellectuals. Negro League baseball teams played in New York City's major-league stadiums and basketball clubs shared the bill with jazz bands at late night casinos. Yet sports remain conspicuously absent from much of the literature on the popular culture of the Harlem Renaissance.<br /> Although the black intelligentsia largely dismissed the popularity of sports, the press celebrated athletics as a means to participate in the debates of the day. A few prominent writers, such as Claude McKay and James Weldon Johnson, used sports in distinctive ways to communicate their vision of the Renaissance. Meanwhile, the writers of the Harlem press promoted sports with community consciousness, insightful analysis and a playful love of language, and argued for their importance in the fight for racial equality.
The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and B...
by Tom Verducci

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English

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384

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March 28, 2017

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<b>With inside access and reporting,<i> Sports Illustrated</i> senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.<br /><br /> </b>It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions. <br /><br /> How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Tom Verducci, twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, will have full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the players to tell the story of the Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. <br /><br /> Beginning with Epstein's first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking to turn around the franchise. Leading the organization with a manual called "The Cubs Way," he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics. <br /><br /> To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench.  A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge.  <br /><br /> <i>The Cubs Way</i> takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential. <br /><br /> Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team's repeated loses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty.  <br /><br /> <i>The Cubs Way </i>is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)
by Jim Bouton

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English

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March 20, 2012

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Ball Four: The Final Pitch is the original book plus all the updates, unlike the 20th Anniversary Edition paperback. <br /><br />When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.<br /><br />Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people--often wildly funny people. Many readers said it gave them strength to get through a difficult period in their lives. Serious critics called it an important document.<br /><br />David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in Harper’s that said of Bouton: “He has written… a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.”<br /><br />In 1999 Ball Four was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the “Books of the Century.” And Time magazine chose it as one of the “100 Greatest Non-Fiction” books.<br /><br />Besides changing the image of athletes, the book played a role in the economic revolution in pro sports. In 1975, Ball Four was accepted as legal evidence against the owners at the arbitration hearing, which lead to free agency in baseball and, by extension, to other sports.<br /><br />Today Ball Four has taken on another role--as a time capsule of life in the sixties. “It is not just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,” says sportswriter Jim Caple. “It's a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a “tell all book” is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California.”<br /><br />This ebook version of Ball Four includes the first edition, the 1980, 1990 and 2000 updates, and 138 photos.<br /><br />ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br /><br />Jim Bouton was born in Newark, NJ, in 1939. He grew up in Rochelle Park, a blue-collar town that was too small for Little League. The result was that kids learned to play baseball without uniforms, parents, coaches, or umpires.<br /><br />In high school, his nickname was “warm up Bouton” because he never got into the games. Advised that becoming a major league pitcher was “unrealistic,” Bouton wrote his Careers Week report on the life of a forest ranger. He got a C on his report and an A on the cover--a nice drawing of a squirrel in a tree.<br /><br />Bouton was an All-Star pitcher and won 20 games for the Yankees in 1963. The next year he won 18 games and beat the Cardinals twice in the World Series. Eventually a sore arm got him sold to the Seattle Pilots--for a bag of batting practice balls. That’s when he began taking notes for his diary Ball Four, published in 1970.<br /><br />In the 1970s he was a top-rated TV sportscaster in New York City, acted in a Robert Altman film called The Long Goodbye, and made a brief comeback with the Atlanta Braves.<br /><br />In 2003 Bouton wrote and self-published Foul Ball, a diary of his battle to save a historic ballpark in Pittsfied, MA. Bouton says he only writes when he’s bursting to say something. “Ball Four was a book I wanted to write,” he says. “Foul Ball was a book I had to write.<br /><br />Today Bouton lives in a forest in western Massachusetts.

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