April 2014 Issue

Baseball History Books

If you enjoy learning about the fascinating history of baseball, check out the books below.

A's Bad As It Gets: Connie Mack's Pathetic Athletics of 1916

By: John G. Robertson and Andy Saunders
This work is a game-by-game account of the Philadelphia Athletics' pitiful 1916 season, in which they won just 36 of 154 games. It starts with a brief biography of the team's living symbol--A's manager and co-owner Connie Mack--and moves through the birth of the franchise and into its first era of glory in which the A's won world championships in 1910, 1911, and 1913. Following the A's stunning defeat in the 1914 World Series to the underdog Boston Braves, Mack dismantled his championship club and finished last in the American League for seven straight seasons. The 1916 campaign was the nadir. The team's few solid veterans had a supporting cast of underachievers, college boys, raw rookies, no-hopers, and sub-par pitching. The book chronicles the daily grind of a team that had no chance to begin with and quickly became the laughingstock of the AL. Many humorous anecdotes, needless to say!
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Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year

By: Glenn Stout
In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of America's most beloved ballpark, the untold story of how Fenway Park was born and the remarkable first season ever played there.

For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story of its birth, construction, and tumultuous yet glorious first season - 1912. While the paint was still drying and the infield still turning green, the Red Sox embarked on an unlikely season that would culminate in a World Series battle against John McGraw's mighty Giants that stands as one of the greatest ever played. Fenway Park made all the difference, helping to turn an average team into the greatest in Red Sox history.

Fenway 1912 tells the incredible story--and stories--of Fenway, from the architect whose creativity has helped Fenway Park remain relevant, to the long winter when local laborers poured concrete and erected history, to the notorious fixers who then ruled the game, to the ragtag team who delivered a world championship, Fenway's first.

Drawing on extensive new research, featuring never before seen blueprints, esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers a remarkable story of innovation, desperation, and perspiration, capturing Fenway Park as no other author ever has.

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