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"Scott has amazing things to reveal to us about the game we love—a game we thought we were pretty knowledgable about, until now...Simkus’ book is a major step in rediscovering the talents and accomplishments of an entire class of ball players ignored and forgotten until now. This book will inspire further histories and fuel many a Hot Stove League debate. Outside Baseball is a great story, a collection of amazing, previously unknown statistics, and a first peak at a whole new universe of baseball." —Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine"This book is a total joy to read, and is breezy despite the focu on stats. Simkus clearly loves his subject and it shows. If you have any interest in old-time baseball at all, run, don't walk, to get this book..." —The Book Stew
“A must-read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the national pastime. This careful, provocative examination of baseball’s history and mystery challenges much of the conventional wisdom surrounding the sport, forcing us to see the game in a different light.” —Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
"Simkus is at his best when presenting the wild and wacky leagues and players. He respects the game and its statistics, but he also strikes a balance with his breezy prose that number geeks and casual fans should find appealing." —The Tampa Tribune
“The obsessive author takes you into the world of semipro teams, independent clubs, minor league sides and barnstorming outfits. Think you know the history of the game? Simkus will open your eyes to whole new worlds.” —Newsday
"...the amount of research he's done—not to mention his number-crunching—is heroic. Just for that, Outisder Basebell deserves to be read by every baseball history junkie." —ChicagoReader.com
Scott Simkus is the founder and editor of the Outsider Baseball Bulletin. He is the winner of a research award from the Society of American Baseball Research for his work on the Negro League Database.
My grandfather (born 1886) told me many stories about local and minor league baseball, some around his brother who played professional and semi-professional ball for forty years,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles Corbin
A so so rehash of early baseball. I found nothing revealing or a revelation regarding the book.Published 13 months ago by D. W. Nolan
I thought this was a perfect book as a baseball fan. The author introduced me to all these wonderful players both from a personality perspective with these great stories and also... Read morePublished 19 months ago by dogfish
Highly enjoyable read thanks to Simkus's lively presentation of a huge amount of research. It is difficult to make baseball history really come alive, but this book pulls it off. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Aaron W. Stilley