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Baseball State by State: Major and Negro League Players, Ballparks, Museums and Historical Sites Paperback – July 26, 2012
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"it's the kind of book you could open to any page and learn 10 fascinating things"--Baseball America; "there are many fine baseball resource books to keep close at hand and Chris Jensen has added another...the breadth of information is impressive"--Seamheads.com; "Jensen's new book is one of the most thorough compilations of lists you'll ever see. The result is a truly remarkable compilation of baseball knowledge, ranging from the well-known to incredibly obscure"--Brew Crew Ball; "very well done"--ARBA.
About the Author
A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Chris Jensen regularly contributes baseball articles to Seamheads.com and has been published in Elysian Fields Quarterly and the Yankees 2011 Annual Yearbook.
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The amount of time and research that went into making this book is astounding. Thanks to the author Chris Jensen for pulling all this info into one place.
But the real meat and potatoes lie in the text in which Jensen explains his selections while examining the careers and achievements of the men who made each state's roster. These parts alone are worthy of a book, especially when Jensen includes players who didn't make a roster, such as catchers Bill and Marty Bergen of Massachusetts who both gained notoriety, the former for being historically poor offensively and the latter for killing his family with an axe before slitting his own throat with a razor. That's just one of many stories you'll find in this wonderfully researched and well-written book. If you already miss baseball season and have some time on your hands, I encourage you to grab a copy, dig in and let it sate you until spring returns.