The Bookshelf Conversation: Walter Friedman

March 17, 2015

There are a handful of publishing houses that are known for their baseball titles. A few that come to mind immediately are Triumph, University of Nebraska Press, and McFarland. But none of these are exclusively engaged in baseball.

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I spoke with Freidman recently about the challenges of starting up such a project.

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