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:
- “Casey Stengel records his 3,000th victory as a manager as the Mets beat the Giants, 7 – 6.” This is a natural segue to several biographies about the Ol’ Perfessor including Stengel: His Life and Times, by Robert Creamer and Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel, by Steven Goldman.
- Omar Vizquel turns 44 today. He published Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field in 2003.
- Sibby Sisti passed away on this date in 2006. How does he fit on the Bookshelf? He played the manager of the Pirates in the film version of The Natural .
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.