Baseball Bookshelf Almanac, Jan. 30

January 30, 2013

A new feature whereby I account for things pertaining to a general theme of “Today in Baseball Books.” (Source:

BatsLiterary birthday greetings:

Davey Johnson, infielder, manager; All-Star (1943)

Bats, by Davey Johnson and Peter Golenbock, Putnam, 1986.

Also on this date:

1936 – The new owners of the Boston Braves conduct a survey of newspaper reporters, asking them to come up with a new nickname for the franchise. The reporters select the Bees, which will be used through the 1940 season. The new name fails to catch on, and the team will decide to switch back to “Braves.”

Baseball Team Names: A Dictionary of the Major, Minor and Negro Leagues, 1869-2011, by Richard Worth, McFarland, 2013

1953 – Peter J. McGovern becomes the Little League’s first full time president and the league’s office is moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball, by Lance Van Auken and Robin Van Auken, Penn State University, 2001

1964 – The United States Senate Subcommittee on Monopolies begins hearings on baseball.

The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption, by Stuart Banner, Oxford University Press, 2013

Baseball Team Names: A Dictionary of the Major, Minor and Negro Leagues, 1869-2011 Play Ball! The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption
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