Total Baseball

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HarperPerennial, 1993 - Sports & Recreation - 2362 pages
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The universally acclaimed, comprehensive and up-to-date baseball reference is back with more than 2,300 pages of statistics and history for every player, team, and major league from the beginning of organized baseball to the present. Includes new statistics for analyzing player performance as well as diagrams for every major league ballpark.

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User Review  - POvidiusNaso - LibraryThing

A fine compendium, though the author's own evaluation system, especially for defense, has since been torn apart by Bill James in his Win Shares. Many good essays and almost every possible stat you'd want. Goes through the 1998 season. Read full review

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User Review  - Smiley - LibraryThing

Not as good as the title implies. Long on statistics and short on narrative and even some of the narratives run to forgettable musty corners of the sport, not necessarily interesting ones. I'm going back to the McMillian Encyclopedia of Baseball. Read full review


The History 1 The True Father of Baseball John Thorn
The History of Major League Baseball David Q Voigt

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About the author (1993)

JOHN THORN wrote his first baseball book twenty-five years ago.    Since then he has written and edited a great many more, among them The Hidden Game of Baseball, The Game for All America, and The Armchair Book of Baseball    With statistician Pete Palmer, he created the official encyclopedia of the game, Total Baseball, now in its fifth edition.    He was senior creative consultant to the Ken Burns film Baseball.
John Thorn is the publisher of Total Sports, a cross-platform sports-information company.    He lives in Kingston, New York.

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.

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