BASEBALL HISTORY RESOURCE GUIDE

Copyright 1997-2000, by Peter L. de Rosa. All rights reserved.

BOOKS

General Histories

Charles C. Alexander, Our Game: An American Baseball History
Daniel Okrent and Harris Lewine, eds., The Ultimate Baseball Book
Benjamin G. Rader, American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports
Ibid., Baseball: A History of America's Game
Harold Seymour, Baseball: The Early Years
Ibid., Baseball: The Golden Age
Ibid., Baseball: The People's Game
David Q. Voigt, American Baseball, 3 vols.
Ibid., Baseball: An Illustrated History
Douglass Wallop, Baseball: An Informal History
Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, Baseball: An Illustrated History

Reference Works

The Baseball Encyclopedia: The Complete and Definitive Record of Major League Baseball
Dick Clark and Larry Lester, eds., The Negro Leagues Book
Bill James, The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, eds., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball
David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen, The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball
Myron J. Smith, Jr., comp., Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography
John Thorn and Pete Palmer, The Hidden Game of Baseball
John Thorn and Pete Palmer, eds., Total Baseball

Anthologies and Collections

Roger Angell, The Summer Game
Ibid., Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion
Ibid., Late Innings: A Baseball Companion
Ibid., Season Ticket: A Baseball Companion
Ibid., Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader
Ibid., Game Time: A Baseball Companion
Thomas Boswell, Why Time Begins on Opening Day
Ibid., How Life Imitates the World Series: An Inquiry into the Game
Ibid., The Heart of the Order
Charles Einstein, ed., The Fireside Book of Baseball, 4 vols.
Dan Riley, ed., The Red Sox Reader
John Thorn, ed., The Armchair Book of Baseball, 2 vols.

Biographies

Charles C. Alexander, Ty Cobb
Ibid., John McGraw
Ibid., Rogers Hornsby: A Biography
Robert W. Creamer, Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
Ibid., Stengel: His Life and Times
Donald Gropman, Say It Ain't So, Joe!
Dick Johnson and Glenn Stout, DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life
Peter Levine, A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball: The Promise of American Sport
David L. Porter, ed., Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: Baseball
Michael Y. Sokolove, Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose
Jules Tygiel, Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

Memoirs and Oral Histories

Jim Bouton, Ball Four
Jim Brosnan, The Long Season
Ibid., Pennant Race
Peter Golenbock, Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Donald Honig, A Donald Honig Reader
Pat Jordan, A False Spring
Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer
Lawrence S. Ritter, The Glory of Their Times
Bill Veeck, Veeck as in Wreck
Ibid., The Hustler's Handbook

Season and Team Histories

Eliot Asinof, Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
Peter C. Bjarkman, ed., Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Team Histories. 2 vols.
Janet Bruce, The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of Black Baseball
Robert W. Creamer, Baseball in '41
G. H. Fleming, The Unforgettable Season
Peter Gammons, Beyond the Sixth Game
David Halberstam, Summer of '49
Roger Kahn, Good Enough to Dream
Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, eds., '75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball
Bill Reynolds, Lost Summer: The '67 Red Sox and the Impossible Dream
Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson, Red Sox Century
Leo Trachtenberg, The Wonder Team: The True Story of the Incomparable 1927 New York Yankees

Novels and Related Works

William Brashler, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
Tristram P. Coffin, The Old Ball Game: Baseball in Folklore and Fiction
Robert Coover, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.: J. Henry Waugh, Prop.
Barbara Gregorich, She's on First
W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe
Bernard Malamud, The Natural
Luke Salisbury, The Cleveland Indian
Mike Shannon, ed., The Best of Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine
Troy Soos, Murder at Fenway Park

Specialized Works

Peter C. Bjarkman, Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game
Michael Gershman, Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark
Barbara Gregorich, Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball
Alvin L. Hall, series ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 1989-
John Helyar, Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball
Michael Lewis, Moneyball
Philip J. Lowry, Green Cathedrals
Robert Peterson, Only the Ball was White
Curt Smith, Voices of the Game
Charles Whiting, The Chrysanthemum and the Bat

PERIODICALS

Baseball America
Baseball Research Journal
Boston Baseball
Diehard
Elysian Fields Quarterly
Journal of Sport History
The National Pastime
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives
Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine
USA Today Sports Weekly

In addition, many historical journals, especially those devoted to popular culture or local history, often carry baseball history articles. For example, see Charles Brian Goslow, "Fairground Days: When Worcester was a National League City (1880-1882)," Historical Journal of Massachusetts 19 (Summer 1991):133-54; and David Q. Voigt, "The Boston Red Stockings: The Birth of Major League Baseball," New England Quarterly 43 (December 1970):531-49.

SIMULATIONS AND GAMES

1876 Centennial Baseball
APBA Baseball for Windows
APBA Professional Baseball Game
Baseball Strategy
Dynasty League Baseball
Extra Innings
Pennant Race
Pursue the Pennant
Statis Pro Baseball
Strat-O-Matic Baseball
Strat-O-Matic CD-ROM Baseball
Strat-O-Matic Computer Baseball

MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES

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Bang the Drum Slowly
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
The Boys of Summer
Bull Durham
Eight Men Out
Field of Dreams
Forever Fenway: 75 Years of Red Sox Baseball
A League of Their Own
The Natural
Only the Ball Was White

WEBSITES

Ballparks
Baseball-links
Baseball-Reference.com
Boston Braves Historical Association
Japanese Baseball
Minor League Baseball History
North American Professional Sports Teams
Society for American Baseball Research


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