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SABR is the Society for American Baseball Research, a group of over 6,000 enthusiasts about the game of baseball whose research interests range from the game's history to statistical analysis, records, cultural impact, and more.
A thorough and thoroughly entertaining, as well as meticulously researched, volume of tales from the front lines of the baseball diamond, where umpires are seen but meant to be invisible, where we are expected to have the heart of a warrior but are charged with refraining from engaging in battle, and where perfection is the standard that umpires, but not ballplayers, must attain in order to be judged merely competent. Chapters range in topic from biographies of both professional and amateur umpires and first-person accounts of what it's like to umpire or go to umpire school, to fascinating examinations of the inner satisfaction gained by learning basic umpiring precepts and applying them to daily life. Full disclosure: I am one of the authors whose chapter, "The Stained Grass Window," appears on pages 225-230. My participation in this massive project does not preclude my objective critique of the book as one of the most significant contributions to the knowledge of and about umpiring ever compiled. Editors Bill Nowlin and Larry Gerlach of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have performed a great service by making all this information about umpires and umpiring available in one gorgeous publication. Highly recommended, and it would be even without my contribution!