Books Part 3: "Bill James Gold Mine," "Sweet Lou and
the Cubs," "The Fielding Bible," "Graphical Player" "Tim
McCarver's Diamond Gems"
This spring has once again seen the pub
of many different kinds of sports books and especially
baseball books with a statistical slant. For those into
that kind of thing, this is especially good news.
"Bill James Gold Mine," (Acta Sports,
$23.95, 271 pages. paper) is the latest publication from
the man who made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s and is
still going strong asking the right questions, asking
ways to measure players and aspects of the game. Stats,
charts, tables, essays if you are a Bill James fan
this is the book to grab hold of.
"Sweet Lou and the Cubs" by George Castle
(The Lyons Press, $16.95, 283 pages, paper) is all about
one of the nicest men in baseball public image for
some notwithstanding. Castle has been a coverer of the
Cubs since 1980 and for the past two seasons has seen
Piniella up close. This is a book filled with gossip,
inside scoops, new awarenesses. Must read for fans of
"The Fielding Bible, Volume II" by John
Dewan ($23.95, 400 pages, paper) is a mother lode of all
kinds of info on the area of fielding, an area that has
been largely overlooked in most analytical treatments on
the national pastime. There are defensive scouting
reports, defensive runs saved, a couple of interesting
essays by the one and only bill James. "The Fielding
Bible, Volume II" is a keeper.
"Graphical Player" with a host of
contributors featuring writers from "Heater" magazine (ActaSports,
$21.95, paper) is highly recommended fir veteran fantasy
players and all interested in new insights and ways to
look at major and minor leaguers. This sixth edition of
"Graphical Player" boasts dashboards revealing at a
glance much info.
"Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems"
(McGraw-Hill, $24.95, 270 pages) edited by is an
interesting kind of book showcasing as it does favorite
baseball stories from the multitude of celebrities who
have appeared on his show through the years. From
managers thru catchers to the rest of the lineup, the
book is a treasure chest of baseball legend, love, and
Backlist item: "Shooting the Pistol" (
Louisiana State University Press, $23.00, 120 pages) is
a picture book with images created by Danny Brown. It
showcases one of basketball's flashiest performers in
his glory days at LSU.