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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Society for American Baseball Research; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933599022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933599021
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on August 12, 2006
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This thin book was published by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in conjunction with their 2006 convention here in Seattle. It's an interesting and entertaining collection of vignettes about baseball in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia -- and not what I was sort of expecting it to be, which was a comprehensive look at, well, "baseball in the Pacific Northwest."

The book is divided into 22 chapters which read, and are generally formatted like, articles from the sports page. This is probably appropriate, since many of the contributors seem to be sports journalists. After a slow beginning (largely a sad chronicle of one failed league after another in the early 1900s), the book really gets to work with profiles of many key players, managers, owners, or teams who enlivened Northwest baseball over the seasons.

Of these, the ones I found most interesting were Steve Steinberg's tale of Spokane Indians pitcher Stan Coveleski; Dan Raley's look at Emil Sick, "the savior of baseball in Seattle" (the first of many?); and Jim Price's tragic story of the bus crash that killed nine Indians players in 1946. Also noteworthy is Mark Armour's piece about Jim Bouton and the hugely influential Ball Four, his memoirs of the 1969 Seattle Pilots. Appropriately, this is followed up by a contribution by Bouton himself about his mid-'70s Portland Mavericks. (It's perhaps "ironic" -- as people would say these days -- that Bouton's piece, probably the best-written chapter in the book, wasn't written for this book at all. It's a reprint of an article he wrote for The Portland Oregonian in 2001. Nevertheless, it's right at home in these pages, and definitely worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Nelson on August 29, 2006
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I have read a number of SABR publications and am convinced of their solid research. They have a great reputation for the work they have done. If you do not know SABR, it is the Society of American Baseball Research. "Rain Check," an apt title for Northwest baseball is full of pictures, great stories and auhtoritive history about baseball in the PNW dating back to the turn of the twentieth century.

As usual with a SABR book I learned things about the history of baseball I did not know and was throughly entertained by the stories.

My only complaint is that I wanted more. I wished they could have written a larger book, but I am still grateful for "Rain Check" as I am unaware of any other books devoted to the history of professional baseball in the Northwest.
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By Jason Davies on June 2, 2013
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Great history of baseball in the PacNW, an under-told baseball history. Good info about the Seattle Pilots, the Rainiers and others.
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Good book! It was a gift for a relative.
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