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Baseball Cyclopedia (McFarland Historical Baseball Library) Paperback – 31 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc (31 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786418680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786418688
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 19 cm

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Disappointed with the presentation 27 April 2011
By Gary Dunaier - Published on
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This is a reprint of a classic piece of baseball literature, so this review is based only on the presentation of the material and not on the content itself.

In that sense I was disappointed. I'm not familiar with "The McFarland Historical Baseball Library" so I thought this would be a facsimile reproduction of the original work. It's not - the type has been entirely re-set. In most cases, where the work is straight text, that's not a problem. But here, since there are charts and statistics and such, I thought it would look better if presented as a facsimile as the original.

One major problem with the re-setting of the type is that cross-references to other pages don't match. The format of the book is as follows: 1) the original 1922 edition, which makes up most of the book, followed by the yearly supplements (each of which are 8-9 pages). So, if you turn to page 335, which is part of the supplement covering the 1927 season, you'll find a list of the league leaders in various categories. Home run leaders (or "Demon Home Runnists," as it's presented in the book" include a reference to page 55, which means the information is supposed to be added to the original 1922 list of home run leaders - but if you turn to page 55 of the present volume, you'll see a page of the history of the Baltimore ballclub. The home run leaders can actually be found on page 88, and the reference should have been changed to indicate that.

Once you get over stuff like that - and if the above is not a big deal for you, you'll probably get over it real quick (if you haven't already) - you'll find this an interesting perspective. Basebal history up until 1922 - the Yankees were not yet the powerhouse they would soon be (in fact, they still shared the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants, and there's a line stating "Yankees will have new park by 1923") - so much was different back then, no Hall of Fame, radio broadcasts of games were embryonic (if that) - and this is a window back into those days.
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