Baseball: A History of America’s Game (Illinois History of Sports)

In this third edition of his lively history of America's game–widely recognized as the best of its kind–Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on Major League Baseball through the 2006 season: record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.… Read the rest

In this third edition of his lively history of America's game–widely recognized as the best of its kind–Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on Major League Baseball through the 2006 season: record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.… Read the rest

Baseball America 2017 Almanac: Comprehensive Review of the 2016 Season

The Baseball America Almanac has always been the best baseball annual, and now it's the only book on the market that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2016, including the Cubs' amazing run to a World Series title.… Read the rest

The Baseball America Almanac has always been the best baseball annual, and now it's the only book on the market that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2016, including the Cubs' amazing run to a World Series title.… Read the rest

2017 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanalytics

The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the 2017 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact—reverse engineering those skills back into batting average.… Read the rest

The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the 2017 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact—reverse engineering those skills back into batting average.… Read the rest