Yet the book is a primer on Negro Leagues baseball during Gibson’s playing days and a knowledgeable look at a complex figure. “The Power and Darkness” is an apt title and Ribowsky is an authority on his subject. The author did a fine job with research. The book is worth your time.
“The Pitch That Killed.” Mike Sowell’s
retelling of the story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman
and the 1920 season is a without question a classic. The only thing I am shocked by is the fact that it took me so long to discover it.
An exhaustively researched book and a well-crafted story, this book is a fantastic tale of something bad happening to a good guy at the hand of a man with suspect character and questionable motives.
does a brilliant job of weaving the players’ life stories into a narrative that taught me something new on nearly every page. Learning the history of 1920 season all by itself is enough reason to read Sowell’s work.
This is one of the best baseball books I have read in recent memory. If you haven’t yet discovered it, don’t waste time.
“The 2003 Baseball Prospectus.” By now you likely are either a believer or a non-believer in the work of Baseball Prospectus team, which includes Chris Kahrl, Dave Pease and Gary Huckabay, among other baseball experts. I bought the prospectus for the first time last year. Now I can’t imagine prepping for another season of baseball enjoyment and roto management without it.
The book, which was just released in time for the 2003 season, provides performance analysis of more than 1,600 players — from today’s stars all the way down to rookie ball and 2002 draft picks. The 2003 edition includes essays on every team, with evaluations of at least 50 players per organization. There is also a top 40 prospects section that alone is worth the price of admission.
There are several new and improved features this season, including a new format that presents both actual data and performance analysis for every player covered, and adjustments for performances across leagues and ballparks to give fans as accurate analysis of hitters and pitchers as possible. Also new is the unique PECOTA projection system, a wrap-up of baseball’s labor situation and a primer on baseball injuries and recovery.
Every year the prospectus experts make startling projections that amazingly play out on the diamond. The hefty book is a successor to Bill James’
historical abstract — with many fewer errors. If you haven’t ordered one yet, I can’t understand why.