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Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia Hardcover – May 1, 2000
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Baseball wonks rejoice! Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia is here with information about the men behind the magic numbers 755, 70, 56, 1.12, and 4,256. This weighty tome presents 2,000 capsule biographies of players, Negro Leaguers, umpires, executives, minor leaguers, owners, and broadcasters. All the big names--Aaron to Zisk--are included in this treasure trove, as are some lesser-known figures such as D.L. Adams (who has a pretty strong claim as "the father of baseball"), Bill Klem ("the Babe Ruth of umpires"), Branch Rickey (who signed Jackie Robinson to the major leagues), and Charles "Victory" Faust (the New York Giants' good luck charm and occasional pitcher, with no wins, losses, saves, walks, or strikeouts, and an ERA of 4.50, in two innings pitched). Each entry includes cumulative statistics, dates and places of birth and death, and a picture of the subject. The descriptions are warm, if not effusive, celebrating the achievements of the game's greats as well as highlighting the positive contributions of some less fondly remembered by history. Fred Merkle, for example, best known for the "Merkle Boner," is described as a fine player who performed well in six World Series. An excellent addition to any baseball fan's library, destined to be shelved alongside Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. --M. Stein
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This compendium of 2000 baseball-related biographies, from Aaron to Zisk, comes from the editors of Total Baseball. It is no surprise that a multicontributor work this huge has some problems, as when the Smoky Burgess article declares that Burgess ?erased Red Lucas! career pinch hit mark of 114? while the Lucas bio states that ?Lucas! total of 114 lifetime pinch hits was?broken?by Jerry Lynch.? Likewise, some will wonder why Ken Griffey Sr. gets more space than Ken Griffey Jr. and why Phil Linz, best known for playing his harmonica at an inopportune time, is included when over 13,000 other major leaguers are not. But baseball thrives on such arguments. This pleasingly presented and written reference might not supplant The Ballplayers (LJ 4/1/90), with its 6000 entries, as the gold standard for baseball biographical encyclopedias, but with longer bios and an eye for the entertaining story, it belongs next to it on all comprehensive baseball reference shelves.?Jim Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This 1,300-page book, featuring essays on 2,000 players, managers, umpires, and front-office figures, includes great stories on both the famous and the obscure. You can learn new things about players from the level of Nap Lajoie, Craig Biggio, and Ewell Blackwell as well as such long-ago names as Walt Wilmot, Negro Leagues pioneer Gus Greenlee, and Hub Pruett.
Even the most obsessive baseball bug can learn something from every page in this book. Having so much well-written and researched information in one source is invaluable to any baseball fan.
Any book with a scope this big will have a few typos. Bud Black's essay, for instance, is paired with a photo most definitively not of Bud Black. However, it takes some searching to find photo errors, and the quality of research in this tome is quite impressive.
I would have gotten more pleasure out of longer articles on some players, like the enigmatic and doomed Don Wilson, rather than four paragraphs on Babe Ruth's "called shot," but that's just a personal preference.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. This is the best, most complete book of baseball biographies ever produced. Congratulations to those involved.