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Baseball players of the 1950s : a biographical dictionary of all 1,560 major leaguers
Marazzi, Richard.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2004]

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vi, 450 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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The playing and post-playing careers of all 1,560 players who appeared in a major league box score between 1950 and 1959 - the golden age, many say - are profiled in this exhaustive work. From Aaron to Zuverink: this treasure-trove of anecdotes, many gathered from personal interviews by the authors, are full of historical facts, controversy, and trivia. For example, readers will learn, or be reminded, that Humberto Robinson, a Milwaukee Braves pitcher, was approached by a gambler and asked to fix a game against the Phillies, that Joe Adcock chased Giants' pitcher Ruben Gomez with a bat around the field, Bob Turley reached the top of the corporate ladder after his playing days, Casey Wise became an orthodontist, Bobby Brown became a heart surgeon and president of the AL, and that Chuck Conners became an actor. All of this and much more can be found here.

Author Notes

SABR member Rich Marazzi is a columnist for Sports Collectors Digest and Baseball Digest. He lives in Ansonia, Connecticut
Len Fiorito (also a SABR member), currently with the Seattle Times, was a columnist for the Old Tyme Baseball News. He lives in Seattle, Washington

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Booklist Review

For many, the 1950s were the golden age of baseball. The names DiMaggio, Newcombe, Mantle, Berra, Larsen, or Robinson (whether it is Brooks or Frank or Jackie) or Teddy Ballgame (Ted Williams) conjure up rose-tinted memories of a game played and watched with passion. Authors Marazzi and Fiorito have gathered biographical information on each and every ballplayer who played in the major leagues in the 1950s, even if their major league careers were short. Bill Abernathie, for example, made a single big league appearance in 1951. He then spent the rest of his baseball life in the minor leagues. After baseball, he became a sheriff's detective in California. Red Hardy, born in North Dakota, had two major league appearances out of the bullpen for the 1951 National League champion New York Giants. He later owned a jewelry store in Phoenix. The length of the articles ranges from a very short paragraph to two pages depending on the length and strength of the player's professional career and the amount of information that the authors could gather. Statistics, the lifeblood of baseball, are included, but these are lifetime or career numbers, not year by year or team by team. Quotes and amusing anecdotes, as well as occasional black-and-white photographs, round out the biographies. The entries are in alphabetical order, and a general bibliography is included. There is no indexing. The specificity and price make this a reference book for larger libraries, but if you love the game, you gotta have it. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Rich MarazziLen Fiorito
Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Prefacep. 1
Prefacep. 2
Baseball Players of the 1950sp. 5
Selected Bibliographyp. 449