In recent days, I’ve notice that a number of new baseball titles have “updated” nostalgia. By that I mean the subjects of these books are more recent than they used to be. Case in point, Scott Turbow’s Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s. When did the 1970s become the “new” 1950s?
Dickson’s contribution to baseball literature is immeasurable. Among his oeuvre:
- Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, the recipient of numerous awards.
- The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition)
- The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball
- Baseball’s Greatest Quotations: An Illustrated Treasury of Baseball Quotations and Historical Lore
He has also been honored with the Baseball Reliquary’s Tony Salin Award from the Baseball Reliquary (2011) for his work in preserving baseball history. And SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award (2012) which honors baseball researchers “for their invaluable contributions to making baseball the game that links America’s present with its past.”
I spoke with Dickson recently about Durocher’s legacy and why he chose to take on this project.