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Total baseball : the official encyclopedia of major league baseball
Thorn, John, 1947-
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Total Sports, [1999]

Physical Description:
vi, 2538 pages ; 29 cm
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GV863.A1 T68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Total Baseball VI is a complete baseball library in a single book. World famous for its originality and comprehensive reference value, this encyclopedia inspired the formation of Total Sports, Inc., and the publication of Total Hockey and Total Football. Now updated with the latest stats, records, rosters, registers, histories, and insightful essays, it makes a great gift for any baseball fan. This latest edition includes Bob Creamer's special commemorative tribute to Casey Stengle and a special section on the history of the home run.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The eighth edition of Total Baseball lives up to even the highest expectations. By continuing to supplement, amend, and expand, this publication reminds us how hard work and dedication can result in a reference book that significantly improves with each edition. John Thorn, chief editor, has masterfully integrated previous editions with much new content from many new and old contributors. Covering major league baseball in wondrous detail, this is, as the new subtitle proclaims, truly the ultimate baseball encyclopedia. Improvements and enhancements since the seventh edition include the introduction of new statistical measures, a new organizational structure, and detailed table of contents. The important and well-written essays (many new to this edition, others revised from previous editions) that appear here set this volume apart from other comprehensive baseball reference works. These essays are sprinkled throughout the volume and cover ideas such as a discussion of the secret behind the recent success of the Oakland Athletics (Moneyball ), a ranking of the greatest teams of all time (the '39 Yankees rank first), and an overview of recent research that uncovered the appearance of William Edward White in an 1879 Providence Grays game. White was the first black man, and only former slave, ever to appear in major league game, predating Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier by a full 68 years. Sections 2 through 5 highlight another new feature in this edition, year-by-year essays covering every single year of major league baseball from 1873 to 2003. As in previous editions and other sections of the encyclopedia, statistics supplement the knowledgeable prose. The reader will also find some wonderful historical essays that originally appeared in the pages of SPORT magazine. About half of the volume is made up of detailed statistics for every player ever to appear in a major league game. Other statistical sections, including records, awards, and MVP and Hall of Fame voting results, help round out this tribute to the statistical minutiae that fascinates many baseball fans. For anyone who wants to know all about baseball statistics, the detailed Glossary of Statistical Terms will delight (and perhaps overwhelm). If your library can only afford one book about baseball, this is it. Supercedes the seventh and all previous editions. --Jeff Kosokoff Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

A remarkable compilation of essays, statistics, and rosters. The book presents an impressive array of player and team statistics as well as records and lists of players, umpires, managers, owners, and officials. Most of the statistical and roster information focuses on major league baseball, but there is a roster of Negro Leagues players too. What sets Total Baseball apart from other statistical sources is its collection of more than 40 essays written by experts. Essay titles suggest the variety of topics, such as "Ballparks," "Japanese Baseball," "Baseball in the Caribbean," "Women in Baseball," and "The Business of Baseball." Inevitably, Total Baseball will be compared to the MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia (9th ed., 1993; 3rd ed., CH, Jan'77). In terms of statistical and roster information, Total Baseball matches or exceeds that encyclopedia in most categories. Total Baseball, however, does not include information on baseball trades or season-by-season comparisons of home-game versus road-game performances of teams. On balance, though, Total Baseball offers a wider range of information than The Baseball Encyclopedia and probably will prove more useful to reference librarians. Highly recommended. W. Wilson; Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles