Re-introducing “This day in Baseball Books”

April 24, 2014

There are a few really good books that track the history of baseball in a day-by-day format. Obviously, some are better than others. My go-to is The Baseball Timeline: The Day-By-Day History of Baseball, from Valley Forge to the Present Day by Burt Solomon, originally published as a paperback by Avon in 1997.  It was reprinted as, simply, The Baseball Timeline, in 2001 under the DK banner. This is a much more polished job, nicely illustrated, and well worth even the full price, but available for –amazingly — less than a buck used on Amazon.

Anyway, this all serves as a premise to saying that if there’s an event — major or minor — worthy of inclusion in such a timeline, there’s probably a book about it somewhere.

Another good source is Baseball-Reference’s Bullpen, which lists, among other things, events, births, deaths, etc. So today, for example, we have:

You get the idea. This won’t work every day, but it’s still fun to go through the “almanac” and see what has been deemed book-worthy.

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