The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia

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Pete Palmer, Gary Gillette, Stuart Shea, Matthew Silverman, Greg Spira
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., Feb 1, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 1742 pages
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From ESPN, the sports experts, comes the most informative baseball compilation ever created—and the next best thing to watching the home team win!


A baseball lover’s ultimate guide, based on a remarkable database compiled by the award-winning godfather of statistical baseball analysis, Pete Palmer, and edited by respected baseball historian and commentator Gary Gillette. Featuring totally revised and up-to-date statistics, this all-star encyclopedia is the most complete and accurate baseball database ever compiled. Brought to fans at an unbeatable price, it’s brimming with illuminating essays and information. There’s comprehensive year-by-year and team-by-team batting and pitching statistics for all players in major league history; all-time leaders in 150 categories; all-inclusive coverage of career interruptions due to wartime military service; and loads more stats and facts on teams, managers, and ballparks.


“I want a bumper sticker: You can have my Baseball Encyclopedia when you tear it from my cold, dead hands.” –Bill James, Author of the Historical Baseball Abstract


“Baseball fans haven’t been able to get this much for so little since baseball cards were a quarter a pack.”—Mat Olkin, writer and editor for USA Today and Sports Weekly


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About the author (2006)

Pete Palmer is the coauthor of The Hidden Game of Baseball and coeditor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and ESPN Football Encyclopedia. He introduced on-base average as an official statistic for the American League and invented on-base plus slugging (OPS), now universally used as a good measure of batting strength. He lives in Hollis, New Hampshire.

Gary Gillette is a lifelong Tigers fan and the president of 24-7 Baseball, LLC. He is also a columnist for "ESPN Insider" and the coeditor of the "ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia" and "ESPN Football Encyclopedia". He lives in Detroit.

Stuart Shea is the author of Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography. A former baseball columnist for Total Sports and America Online and coauthor of two editions of the USA Today Baseball Insider, he lives twenty-four blocks north of Wrigley Field.

Matthew Silverman is co-author of "Mets by the Numbers" (with John Springer), "Cubs by the Numbers" (with Al Yellon and Kasey Ignarski), "Red Sox by the Numbers" (with Bill Nowlin), and "Shea Goodbye" (with Keith Hernandez) and the author of "Mets Essential, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die", and "Baseball Miscellany". He also served as the associate publisher at Total Sports Publishing, editing titles such as "Total Baseball" and "Total Football". He lives in High Falls, New York.

Matthew Silverman has been a professional writer and editor for over twenty years. He is the managing editor of the "ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia", an associate editor for the "ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia", and the author of "Mets Essential". He lives in High Falls, New York. Greg Spira is a writer, editor, and researcher. He co-edited the "USA Today Sports Weekly??'s Best Baseball Writing 2005" and is an associate editor for the "ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia" and "ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia". He lives in Kingston, New York.

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