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The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 2006 Paperback – February 7, 2006

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Statistics are to baseball as nails are to carpentry: they define, inform, and hold the game together. When the teams fly south for spring training, fans, eager to sort through and argue over the numbers, flock to the sports shelves for the statistics. The Sports Encyclopedia has what baseball aficionados want. From 1901 through 1997, the reference supplies updated and revised lifetime numbers for every player, plus seasonal summaries of each team's performance. In addition, there are details of every playoff and World Series game ever played, profiles of every no-hitter since 1901, updated stats on RBIs, on-base percentages, and fielding, plus classic baseball legends and intriguing trivia. As salaries and sports politics get murky, it's refreshing to surround yourself with pages and pages of solid, quantitative information. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"One of the handiest and most reliable baseball reference books around."
-- The San Diego Union Tribune
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Product Details

  • Series: Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball
  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312350015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312350017
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Chernick on February 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I published a review for the 2000 edition of this book not 2001 or 2002. Many of the reviews listed under this edition are for earlier editions and some comments may not pertain. Books like this one can change dramatically from year to year. Errors could be corrected, new errors introduced and there is always a whole new season of statistics that has an effect on the flavor of the book. For instance 2002 was the year that Bonds broke McGwire's home run record, so I am sure that there is coverage of that. These books are not worth buying every year. But these authors do a credible job and I would expect this to be of similar quality to the one I own. I would suggest buying a copy once every 5 years if you are a baseball enthusiast and only every year if you are a fanatic. However for sports statistic fanatics it may be that Total Baseball has more information.
now with the revelations about steroid use many of the records of the late 1990s and the 21st century are tainted.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rob T. on February 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought the 2003 edition of The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball today, & as usual am overall pleased with the wealth of information in this very valuable book. However, there are a few problems which the editors need to resolve for future editions.This series has always been plagued by poor editing & typos, & the 2003 edition is no exception. In fact, there is one HUGE error that should never have gotten past whoever edited this edition. Turn to page 700 & you'll see it: instead of the statistics for the 2002 NL Championship Series between St. Louis & San Francisco the ones for the 2001 NLCS between Arizona & Atlanta have been reprinted. Someone should have caught this major blunder.Since this annual series does have typos & errors (what book with so much info doesn't?) the editors should provide their readers with an e-mail or snail mail address to notify them of mistakes so they can be corrected. I was able to do so in the 1980s & several errors were corrected. I hope the editors will be open to input from their readers once again, for that only strengthens the factual integrity of the book.I'm sure there are other mistakes but the one above is the reason I give The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 2003 a rating of 4 instead of 5. It will make a good addition to your baseball reference library, but it's probably a good idea to have another encylopedia handy to doublecheck the info. Trust, but verify, with all these huge statistical books, I say.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rob T. on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
St. Martin's Press's Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 2000, the 20th edition of this inexpensive but handy reference, is full of statistics & summaries of every baseball season since 1901. Arranged in a team format it allows you to see who played for what team in any given year. Starting with the 1999 edition & continuing this year a separate playoff & World Series summary has been added.The book does have a flaw that has persisted since its beginning, however, & that is poor editing. Every year there are numerous typos that make it less than a definitive reference. The editors need to proofread their work a little closer. It would help if they would put back contact info, as they did in the early editions, so the readers can tell them about any mistakes found. (No work this large is going to be without mistakes).Despite the sometimes glaring typos this book, for its price, is a useful addition to any baseball fans library. But, you need to check other sources to verify the accuracy of some of the info due to the typos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward W. Trieste on March 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a reasonably-priced, excellent reference book.

The encyclopedia has a half-page essay for each year from 1901-2005, individual stats grouped by year and team, career stats, annual leaders, active leaders as of 2006, and much more. This is the 25rd edition of a classic which provides all the essentials of 20th and 21st century baseball in a managable size and easy-to-use format.

Here are some things I particularly liked:

* Article summaries of each season.

* Separate articles for the postseason starting in 1998

* The player statistics are organized by year and team, a very useful alternative to Total Baseball.

* Reasonable price.

Here are some things I wish were different:

* The 19th century is barely acknowledged.

* On-base average is not included, a major omission.

* The All-star Game are not included.

This book is not nearly as comprehesive as Total Baseball, but delivers the essentials at less than half the cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Larson on May 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
i was in the bookstore one day looking for a baseball book that i get every year-- the sporting news 2001 baseball guide (which by the way is very good)but it wasnt there. Then I came across this book, I read the back and discovered that the Sporting News had named it a must for every baseball fan, so it must be good. I got home and took it out of the plastic and discovered it was great! It has every baseball player from 1900 to 2000. Every statistic possible. This is a must have for every baseball fan!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a true blue BB fan and regular reader of this fine encyclopedia I once again give it 5 stars. It will give you any season stat and biographical info on any player since 1900. Only drawback I can find is they completely omit the old Negro League players,seasons and stats. Other than this it deserves two thumbs way up!
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