Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Ruth McKoy Lowery and Laretta Henderson
The Fourth of July Encyclopedia by James R. Heintze
The HellraiserFilms and Their Legacy by Paul Kane
Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Ruth McKoy Lowery and Laretta Henderson
The Fourth of July Encyclopedia by James R. Heintze
The HellraiserFilms and Their Legacy by Paul Kane
Research presentations, player panels, and exhibits are underway at the 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference. Also on the agenda for attendees is an outing to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. A glance up at the ring of honor there will show Larry Doby, among others. Organized baseball hasn’t always paid attention to Doby’s accomplishments. Our friend Chris Robinson–Doby fan and former sales manager and baseball editor at McFarland–wrote very eloquently of Doby:
“A few weeks after Major League Baseball celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers, the folks in Camden, South Carolina, honored a hometown hero and baseball pioneer of their own. The ceremony wasn’t elaborate–no presidential speeches or testimonials from baseball’s hierarchy–but was instead a heartfelt salute to a man who had endured many of the same hardships as Robinson. Some opponents spit at him, others cursed him, and perhaps most painfully of all, some of his teammates simply ignored him. Some 50 years later however, Larry Doby, the first African American in the American League, was back home with his friends and neighbors.
That organized baseball paid little attention to Doby’s accomplishments was nothing new. Despite being a six-time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Doby was often overshadowed by others: Robinson, teammate Bob Feller, the legendary Satchel Paige, and even the team’s owner, Bill Veeck. Even when he was named manager of the White Sox in 1978, he was viewed as a footnote: the major league’s second second black manager.
But, back in Camden he was THE star. Townsfolk could quote his statistics: 253 home runs, 969 RBIs, and a .283 lifetime batting average. More importantly, they held him in esteem as a good man and a kind father. Like Jackie Robinson, he was a pioneer for a sport and a nation. The people in Camden haven’t forgotten; neither should the people in baseball.”
McFarland will be exhibiting at the 2013 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Newark, New Jersey, June 13-15.
Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo by Elsa A. Nystrom
The Shutout in Major League Baseball: A History by Warren N. Wilbert
Terms of Play: Essays on Words That Matter in Videogame Theory by Zach Waggoner
The San Francisco Seals, 1946–1957: Interviews with 25 Former Baseballers by Brent P. Kelley
The San Francisco Seals were members of baseball’s Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1958. Arguably the most successful minor league franchise ever, the Seals held the minor league attendance record from 1946 until it was broken by Louisville in the 1980s, and remained independently owned until 1956. The Seals were also Joe DiMaggio’s first team and many another major league star was on the team’s roster on his climb up the ranks.
This work is a collection of oral histories of players who took the field for the Seals from 1946 through 1957, just before the Giants came to San Francisco and when the Seals played their final game. Ferris Fain said of the 1946 Seals, “I just think that that was the best ballclub that I’ve ever played on, including major league. I mean, as a team.” Frank Seward, Don Trower, Jack Brewer, Roy Nicely, Neill Sheridan, Joe Brovia, Bill Werle, Con Dempsey, Dario Lodigiani, Lou Burdette, Ed Cereghino, Bill Bradford, Reno Cheso, Nini Tornay, Jerry Zuvela, Leo Righetti, Jim Westlake, Ted Beard, Chuck Stevens, Bob DiPietro, Don Lenhardt, Riverboat Smith, Jack Spring, and Bert Thiel also reminisce about their careers with the Seals.
The Star Shiner: Memoir of a Celebrity Make-Up Artist by Evan Richardson
The Star Shiner poses the question: Can a young man from a small rural Kentucky town—fleeing a domineering mother and an abusive, alcoholic father—find recognition and happiness in New York city, working with the high-powered fashion and cosmetic industries, and with some of the world’s most famous people—without losing his values and his soul?
After a notable career in fashion illustration and modeling in Paris, Richardson becomes a makeup artist, working with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and photographers Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Frecesco Scavullo. The book is more than a celebrity memoir in that it is particularly a narrative of the ’70s into the ’90s, a time in New York’s history of financial difficulties and corruption.
This was the golden era of fashion and cosmetics when Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, Charles Revson and Estee Lauder, the king and queen of cosmetics and Avedon, Penn and Scavullo ruled the industries. The reader is taken into wild nights at Studio 54 and into New York’s downtown after-hours dungeons, seething with sex, drugs and danger, where individuals are treated as sexual stepping stones.
The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925 examines transatlantic influences, early dirt track racing, and the birth of the twin-cam engine and the straight-eight. It also explores the origins of the Bennett and Vanderbilt races, the early career of “America’s Speed King” Barney Oldfield, the rise of the speedway specials from Marmon, Mercer, Stutz and Duesenberg, and developments from Peugeot, Delage, Ballot, Fiat, and Bugatti. This informative work provides welcome insight into a defining period in motorsports.
North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History by Douglas J. Butler
Throughout recorded history, monuments of stone and metal have honored victorious armies and successful leaders. Following the American Civil War this tradition expanded to include soldiers of the defeated Confederacy. By the early twentieth century, memorials to the dead and surviving veterans were regional icons, and men of the Confederate army ranked among history’s most honored troops.
This illustrated history details North Carolina’s commemorative response to a war in which more than 30,000 of its soldiers died in military service: 101 Confederate monuments—and eight Union memorials, including one honoring African American troops—were dedicated across the Tarheel State between 1865 and the Civil War centennial in 1961. The location, design, funding and dedication of these memorials reveal a society’s evolving grief and the forging of public memory. Committee minutes, financial records, legal documents, and contemporaneous accounts highlight the challenging and often contentious process through which these monuments were realized. Manufacturers’ catalogs and advertisements, as well as spirited editorial exchanges in newspapers and magazines, provide further insight into the sculptural, technological and cultural milieu.
Thurs June 6: Author Peter Ephross (Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of 23 Players) will speak about his work at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. More details may be found here: http://www.bergino.com/Articles.asp?ID=134.
The Society for American Baseball Research recently announced the winners of the 2013 SABR Baseball Research Awards, given annually for projects that have “significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball.” This year two of the three awards went to McFarland authors. Congratulations go out to Ron Keurajian for Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide and to the editorial team of Peter Morris, William Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin, and Richard Malatzky for Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1879: The Clubs and Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide.
Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer by Joe Niese
American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity by Lawrence J. Epstein
Willie Stargell: A Life in Baseball by Frank Garland
George Raft: The Films by Everett Aaker
Several Washington, DC, McFarland authors are participating in the International Day of the Book. The festival will be held April 21 in historic old town Kensington, Maryland.
Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland. Her books include: You and Your Doctor: A Guide to a Healing Relationship, with Physicians’ Insights, Overweight: A Handbook for Teens and Parents, Eating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families and Teachers and Pregnant! What Can I Do?: A Guide for Teenagers.
Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. His books include: Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington, D.C. and Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream.
Joe Sergi is a senior litigation counsel in a US government agency, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law. He writes regularly about the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. He is the editor of the graphic novel anthology Great Zombies in History and the author of the forthcoming Comic Book Law.
Coaching Myths: Fifteen Wrong Ideas in Youth Sports by Rick Albrecht
Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional by Jeffrey Michael Laing
Vietnam War Nurses: Personal Accounts of 18 Americans by Patricia Rushton
Extras of Early Hollywood: A History of the Crowd, 1913–1945 by Kerry Segrave
Women and Second Life: Essays on Virtual Identity, Work and Play by Dianna Baldwin
Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media by David William Foster
Mazes in Videogames: Meaning, Metaphor and Design by Alison Gazzard
The Pentathlon of the Ancient World by Frank Zarnowski
The Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace, 1600 to 1993 by Kerry Segrave
Billy Southworth: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Manager and Ballplayer by John C. Skipper
Television Network Daytime and Late-Night Programming, 1959–1989 by Mitchell E. Shapiro
Lots of papers being presented and books being bought at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference in DC. A big question on our minds…will “Zombie Apocalypse” get its own subject area and chair?!
Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels by Christopher Wayne Curry
See McFarland at the PCA/ACA National Conference at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C. March 27-30, 2013
Michael J. Tresca, author of The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, will be a speaker and conduct a signing at the general meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County on April 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River in Bergen County, New Jersey.
We are pleased to announce that we have three finalists for the 2013 Larry Ritter Award for the best book on baseball’s Deadball Era. These are Jimmy Collins: A Baseball Biography by Charlie Bevis, The Barnstorming Hawaiian Travelers: A Multiethnic Baseball Team Tours the Mainland, 1912–1916 by Joel S. Franks, and John Tortes “Chief” Meyers: A Baseball Biography by William A. Young.
The Margaret Mitchell Encyclopedia by Anita Price Davis
Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror by Aalya Ahmad
James F. Jaquess: Scholar, Soldier and Private Agent for President Lincoln by Patricia B. Burnette
Baseball Injuries: Case Studies, by Type, in the Major Leagues by W. Laurence Coker, M.D.
Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond by Scott Allen Nollen
Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight by Lew Freedman
Growing up in Greenville, Mississippi, George “Boomer” Scott Jr. lost his father in 1945, when he was a little over a year old. The 46-year-old George Scott Sr. died of heatstroke, and much of what his three children would eventually learn about him came from stories shared by family members and friends.
The same cannot be said for his youngest child, the former Boston Red Sox first baseman, whose life was the subject of a recent book, “Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George ‘Boomer’ Scott.” Penned by Ron Anderson, it details Scott’s humble beginnings in Mississippi to his 14-year career in Major League Baseball— for a period of which he lived in Falmouth—followed by his unsuccessful attempts to transition from a player to a manager.
“The authors are well-informed and reasonable, and they write clearly. If this text is not the best on the market, it is at least a contender for the number-one spot. Recommended”—Choice.
On March 18th, get 20% off The Sociology of Sports when you enter the coupon code SPORTS. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891–1946 by Ken Krsolovic
This is a comprehensive history of League Park, primary home field for Major League Baseball in Cleveland from 1891 to 1946, but with a significant history that includes the National Football League, Negro League baseball, college football and boxing, and an uncanny multitude of amazing events and people. This chronicle allows for these grounds to take their place among the more heralded parks of baseball’s past and present. The site has survived to this day as a baseball grounds; a groundbreaking for renovations took place in October 2012.
Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios by Frederic Lombardi
It could be said that the career of Canadian-born film director Allan Dwan (1885–1981) began at the dawn of the American motion picture industry. Originally a scriptwriter, Dwan became a director purely by accident. Even so, his creativity and problem-solving skills propelled him to the top of his profession. He achieved success with numerous silent film performers, most spectacularly with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Gloria Swanson, and later with such legendary stars as Shirley Temple and John Wayne.
“If Major League Baseball ever awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, it should go to Bill Gould for effectively ending baseball’s nuclear war, the strike of 1994-95, during his tenure as NLRB Chairman. In his new book, the distinguished law professor has chronicled the game’s history of labor and racial relations from his unique perspective.”—Joe Castiglione, broadcaster, Boston Red Sox
On March 13, get 20% off Bargaining with Baseball when you enter the coupon code Bargain. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
After decades of hard work, the efforts of Chris Cozzone and the late Jim Boggio have finally coalesced! Boxing in New Mexico, 1868–1940 is now shipping. To order a copy from McFarland, go to the book’s page in our online catalog.
For more about boxing from McFarland, browse a list of our boxing books.
“extremely well written and chronicled…painstakingly researched, by writers who show a heartfelt passion for their subjects…a must”—Ring Memorabilia
On March 8th, get 20% off The First Black Boxing Champions when you enter the coupon code BOXING. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Writings on Writing: A Compendium of 1209 Quotations from Authors on Their Craft by Thomas H. Brennan
Boxing in New Mexico, 1868–1940 by Chris Cozzone
Albert Beauregard Hodges: The Man Chess Made by John S. Hilbert
Encyclopedia of DNA and the United States Criminal Justice System by Louis J. Palmer, Jr.
Baseball Team Names: A Worldwide Dictionary, 1869–2011 by Richard Worth
Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937–2012 by Vincent Terrace
The Tudors on Film and Television by Sue Parrill
In 1960, Major League Baseball reached a crossroads in its history. Facing a challenge from the Continental Baseball League, the owners of the original 16 major league teams elected to admit new clubs. This in-depth look at that pivotal season—the last played with only the original 16 teams—follows the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates on their march to the 1960 World Series.
On March 1st, get 20% off Farewell to the Last Golden Era when you enter the coupon code 1960. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Oglethorpe and Colonial Georgia: A History, 1733–1783 by David Lee Russell
The Jerry Lewis Films: An Analytical Filmography of the Innovative Comic by James L. Neibaur
Woody Allen’s Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films by Sander H. Lee
Cauldron of Changes: Feminist Spirituality in Fantastic Fiction by Janice C. Crosby
Town and Gown Relations: A Handbook of Best Practices by Roger L. Kemp
Teaching with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Tom Worthington’s Civil War: Shiloh, Sherman, and the Search for Vindication by James D. Brewer
“impressive…definitive work on the Pacific Coast League…a welcome addition”—Booklist/RBB
On February 22, get 20% off The Greatest Minor League when you enter the coupon code PCL. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Harpo Marx as Trickster by Charlene Fix
Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories by Stephen Shoemaker
Toy Bulldog: The Fighting Life and Times of Mickey Walker by John Jarrett
The Salvadoran Officer Corps and the Final Offensive of 1981 by Brian J. Bosch
“a remarkable book…this book sets a standard for other Piedmont Civil War histories to strive toward”—The Washington Post
On February 18th, get 20% off Between Reb and Yank when you enter the coupon code LOUDOUN. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
“there may not be a huge audience out there for a biography of Harry Greb, but Bill Paxton has put together a good one”—The Ring
“the author deserves credit for the massive amount of research that went into his work”–www.secondsout.com.
On February 12th, get 20% off Fearless Harry Greb when you enter the coupon code GREB. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
“this book needed to be written and Ted Reed has done his homework”—Carl Erskine, Brooklyn Dodgers
“illuminating look into Furillo’s career”—Examiner.com
On February 6th, get 20% off Carl Furillo when you enter the coupon code CARL. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Funny You Should Ask: Oral Histories of Classic Sitcom Storytellers by Scott Lewellen
Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema by Gretchen Papazian
Screening Text: Critical Perspectives on Film Adaptation by Shannon Wells-Lassagne
Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia by Donald F. Glut
Erskine Caldwell: Selected Letters, 1929–1955 by Erskine Caldwell
Frantic Frank Lane: Baseball’s Ultimate Wheeler-Dealer by Bob Vanderberg
Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming by Matthew Wysocki
Fred Hutchinson, the popular manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was at the top of his profession when he was suddenly diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in December 1963. This is the story of Fred Hutchinson and his players as they completed his inspirational final season. In 1964, the Reds battled themselves, their opponents and their emotions to mount a late winning streak which, coupled with the historic collapse of the Phillies, allowed the team to enter the final day with a chance to win the pennant for their stricken manager.
On February 1st, get 20% off Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds when you enter the coupon code . This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Meyer London: A Biography of the Socialist New York Congressman, 1871–1926 by Gordon J. Goldberg
The 55th North Carolina in the Civil War: A History and Roster by Jeffrey M. Girvan
Thomas Frère and the Brotherhood of Chess: A History of 19th Century Chess in New York Cityby Martin Frère Hillyer
Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction: A Critical Study by Carlen Lavigne
The Negro Leagues, 1869–1960 by Leslie A. Heaphy
James Madison Hood: Lincoln’s Consul to the Court of Siam by George C. Kingston
The White House: An Illustrated Architectural History by Patrick Phillips-Schrock
Kathleen Lockwood will be discussing her book, Major League Bride: An Inside Look at Life Outside the Ballpark, on Thursday, January 24th at 7 pm at the Rye Public Library in Rye, NH.
“there are very few chess books published which have become classics…a masterpiece…you will marvel at [this book’s] excellence…scrupulously detailed…the book is simply wonderful”—Chess Life
On January 21st, get 20% off Capablanca when you enter the coupon code CAPABLANCA. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
“engagingly written…highly recommended”—Library Journal
“a thoughtful, spunky counterpoint of a book, sure to be panned by true believers”—Spitball
On January 16th, get 20% off The Beauty of Short Hops when you enter the coupon code HOPS. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Just in time for the Spring season, here is the latest Spring 2013 Catalog.
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2011–2012 by William M. Simons
The Science of the Fastball by William Blewett
Japanese Aesthetics and Anime: The Influence of Tradition by Dani Cavallaro
Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920–1960 by Nathan Vernon Madison
Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican by Alec Kirby and John F. Rothmann
The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in the Civil War by James C. Burke
Season of Ghosts: The ’86 Mets and the Red Sox by Howard Burman
East Harlem Remembered: Oral Histories of Community and Diversity by Christopher Bell
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Montreal Expos provided their fans with spectacular play produced by spectacular players. The team was able to reach the pinnacle of its lifetime popularity during that period. They were in fact even more popular than the beloved hockey-playing Canadiens in Montreal and the most popular sports team in Canada. The book depicts how the team reached that level of support from the whole country and also why they were not able to sustain that excellence.
The 466 men who have held the increasingly demanding and prestigious position of Head Coach in the National Football League and the two leagues that merged into it (the All America Football Conference of the 1940s and the American Football League of the 1960s) form an exclusive club. This book essentially answers three questions about every professional head coach since 1920: Who was he? What were his coaching approach and style, in terms of both leadership and gridiron tactics? How successful was he?
On December 13th, get 20% off NFL Head Coaches when you enter the coupon code NFL. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
In the years following the decline of the New York Yankees dynasty that ended in 1964, three American League teams endeavored to stake their claim to the Junior Circuit’s crown. From 1965 to 1975, the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics emerged as the most significant AL clubs, but this trio achieved varying degrees of success.
The Los Angeles Lakers Encyclopedia by Richard J. Shmelter
Football may be sport, but the National Football League is at heart a business—how else to account for the stratospheric salaries of the players and coaches? Yet most people are unaware of how that business developed. This book details the growth of an industry that generates billions of dollars in revenue and explains the intricacies of the league’s expansions and mergers, territories and relocations; the operation of franchises; the role of stadiums and markets; and the effect of the NFL on domestic and foreign affairs.
On November 21st, get 20% off Football Fortunes when you enter the coupon code FOOTBALL. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
When Baseball Isn’t White, Straight and Male: The Media and Difference in the National Pastime by Lisa Doris Alexander
“This book tells the story of the first year of their life together as New York City rivals. The emerging rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets was about more than just games won or money earned. As personified by Mets manager Casey Stengel and Yankees right-fielder Roger Maris, it was also a struggle over the future of the game.”
On November 14th, get 20% off New York Versus New York, 1962 when you enter the coupon code SUBWAY. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Just in time for the 2012 holiday season, here is the latest Sports Books Catalog.
Incredibly, Slater was the only African American in the entire NFL for most of the late 1920s, yet he was widely recognized as one of the League’s best linemen. But his pioneering influence extended beyond the gridiron. After retirement, he broke ground in the legal field as just the second black judge in Chicago history. On the field or on the bench, the inspirational life of Judge Duke Slater is a true American success story.
On November 7th get 20% off Duke Slater when you enter the coupon code DUKE. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Herman “Baron” Lamm, the Father of Modern Bank Robbery by Walter Mittelstaedt
Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide by Ron Keurajian
For experts and beginning collectors alike, here is a definitive guide to authentication of Baseball Hall of Fame autographs, one of the most sought-after forms of baseball memorabilia. In addition to discussing the ins and outs of collecting these autographs, and pitfalls to avoid, the book provides an entry on each Hall of Famer analyzing his signing style, the rarity of his autograph, the existence of known forgeries, and the current value of the autograph.
The Old West in Fact and Film: History Versus Hollywood by Jeremy Agnew
For many years, movie audiences have carried on a love affair with the American West, believing Westerns are escapist entertainment of the best kind, harkening back to the days of the frontier. This work compares the reality of the Old West to its portrayal in movies, taking an historical approach to its consideration of the cowboys, Indians, gunmen, lawmen and others who populated the Old West in real life and on the silver screen.
On Oct 26, get 20% off Eurogames when you enter the coupon code EURO. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
With the baseball playoffs under way, and the sound of Bruce Springsteen’s “Land of Hope and Dreams” (apparently the song of the 2012 postseason) ringing in our ears, we think the time is right to share this photo of Mathew Bartkowiak, author of Packaging Baseball, shown here with Chancellor Ray Cross (University of Wisconsin Colleges).
Kid Nichols: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Pitcher by Richard Bogovich
This is the first full-length biography of Kid Nichols (1869–1953), who won 30 or more games a record seven times and was the youngest pitcher to reach 300 career victories. Much new light is shed on Nichols’ early life in Madison, Wisconsin, along with important influences and experiences as a teenager living in Kansas City. His professional career is documented by drawing heavily from publications of the era and Nichols’ own words.
Big Klu: The Baseball Life of Ted Kluszewski by William A. Cook
During the mid–1950s, an unlikely star stood alongside baseball standouts Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays—a slugger with a funny name and muscles so bulging that he had to cut the sleeves off his uniform to swing freely. Ted Kluszewski played little baseball in his youth, making a name for himself instead as a hard-hitting football player at Indiana University before showing potential on the diamond and being signed by the Cincinnati Reds.
On October 18, get 20% off From Game Design when you enter the coupon code DESIGN. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Many aspiring game designers have crippling misconceptions about the process involved in creating a game from scratch, believing a “big idea” is all that is needed to get started. But game design requires action as well as thought, and proper training and practice to do so skillfully.
“During the month of September we visited 130 cemeteries in five states, taking photos of more than 400 gravesites of deceased major league baseball players, along with GPS readings and locations of their final resting place within the cemetery.”
The results of Bill Lee’s years of research and traveling can be found in the enormous The Baseball Necrology: The Post-Baseball Lives and Deaths of More Than 7,600 Major League Players and Others, with additional data on his personal website, BaseballUndertaker.com.
The American Novel of War: A Critical Analysis and Classification System by Wallis R. Sanborn, III
Making It in the Minors: A Team Owner’s Lessons in the Business of Baseball by Arthur P. Solomon
Correspondence Chess in America by Bryce D. Avery
The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History by John F. Schmutz
The Thought Reader Craze: Victorian Science at the Enchanted Boundary by Barry H. Wiley
Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter by Christopher Teale Howes
Players and Teams of the National Association, 1871–1875 by Paul Batesel
Although he was a good player in his prime, and a star with the great St. Louis Browns teams of the 1880s, Arlie Latham is remembered today primarily for his antics, recounted as easily as statistics are for less interesting, merely good players. Somersaults (to evade a tag), exploding firecrackers (to wake himself up, he explained), glove-kicking contests of will with umpires (no explanation needed, or possible), and sharp, often profane outbursts that reverberated in every corner and innocent ear in the ballpark—all ensured that the Freshest Man on Earth would be remembered long after his playing days. For more on this character, check out our new book, Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth, written by L.M. Sutter, two-time winner of the Sporting News–SABR Baseball Research Award.
Fantasy role-playing games, anyone? Come visit author Michael Tresca this weekend as he discusses the topic and signs copies of his book, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games. Check here for details: http://talienstower.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-first-book-signing.html
Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler: A Baseball Biography by Ronald T. Waldo
“One of the greatest outfielders of his generation, Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler (1898–1950) was working as a roof assembler in an auto plant in Michigan when he seized an opportunity to realize his dream of playing major league baseball. After toiling in the minor leagues for more than three years, he took the National League by storm and became a legitimate star during his 1924 rookie season with Pittsburgh.”
Author Neal Rozendaal (Duke Slater: Pioneering Black NFL Player and Judge) was recently interviewed on Sioux City Iowa’s KSCJ Talk Radio 1360—check it out here: http://www.kscj.com/sports-blog/2055-duke-slater-pioneering-black-nfl-player-and-judge.
The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois by Owen W. Muelder
Aron Nimzowitsch: On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886–1924 by Per Skjoldager was covered recently in John Elburg’s Chess Book reviews.
“Wonderfully written…the Nimzowitsch family has supported the two historians with unique photo material from their private photo albums…included is an impressive bibliography, index to games by opponent, and index to openings ECO codes.”—John Elburg’s Chess Book reviews.
Neal Rozendaal was interviewed by Dean and Don on 99.1 KMA Radio on his newly released title Duke Slater: Pioneering Black NFL Player and Judge. You can listen to the interview at http://kmaland.com/deananddon.asp. Click on Tuesday at 8:46-8:58.
This thought-provoking volume by a 35-year veteran of academic libraries identifies, diagnoses, and provides remedies to the damaging divisions in and between libraries and librarianship, arguing that the processes of teaching constitute the genuine context in which to steer librarianship into the future.
This book tells the story of the first year of their life together as New York City rivals. The emerging rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets was about more than just games won or money earned.
New books released today:
Soap Operas Worldwide: Cultural and Serial Realities by Marilyn J. Matelski.
The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne by Edward J. Rielly
Tris Speaker and the 1920 Indians: Tragedy to Glory by Gary Webster
20% off for the whole weekend!
On August 10 get 20% off any of Bill Mallon’s 7 Olympic Games history books when you enter the code OLYMPICS. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
On August 9 get 20% off American Women’s Track and Field, 1981-2000 when you enter the coupon code OLYMPICS. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
On August 8 get 20% off Skating on Air when you enter the coupon code OLYMPICS. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
On August 6 get 20% off Running Through the Ages when you enter the coupon code OLYMPICS. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Two new books, NFL Head Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary 1920-2011 by John Maxymux and Andrew Pickens: South Carolina Patriot in the Revolutionary War by William R. Reynolds, Jr.
Aron Nimzowitsch is a biography of one of the greatest chess legends ever, who played at the beginning of the 20th century. The book begins with a great quote from IM Jens Enevoldsen “Besides playing chess, there is nothing more delightful than reading about chess.” McFarland has a very large chess book line and Aron Nimzowitsch is another great biographical work filled with tables, charts and chess board illustrations to accompany the games being analyzed.
Check out the McFarland Chess Page to find other in depth and authoritative chess works.
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