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This is a TOP TEN book in my baseball library.Availability. OOP – Many editions can be found at reasonable prices.Type. DATA&STATSUse. BROWSE/REFERENCE _explanation_The first author cited for the book, David Neft, “is an American writer and historian best known for his groundbreaking work in creating sports encyclopedias” (Wiki). Neft started the Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball in 1974. It was updated almost yearly after that, the last edition in 2007. The edition I actually have is that of 1994.Depending on one’s reasons for having the book, it may not make much difference what edition you have. As far as I know, each edition was basically the same as the previous with new data for the most recent season or seasons. (I suppose there could have been some changes in presentation of the data from the early editions to the last few editions.)The book’s Preface talks about the unusual presentation format of the book. Instead of presenting the statistics of baseball’s batters and pitchers in two giant sections, organized alphabetically, this book concentrates more on telling the story of baseball’s history in a year-by-year sequence, starting in 1901 and continuing up through the most recent season. So, for each season, there’s a four page section, which expands to five for the 1961 season (when the AL expanded to 10 teams), then six (1970, when both leagues expanded to two 6-team divisions), then 8 (1977, AL expands to 7 teams in each division), finally 9 (1985, no new teams but an additional page of data for each year).Within each year, after an introductory ~1/2 page essay on highlights of the season, the American League teams are shown first, in order of their finish in the League (prior to Divisions) or their Division; then the National League teams. And for each team, taking up a couple vertical inches and the width of the page, there’s information for batters on the left half, pitchers on the right.I won’t enumerate the columns of data for the players, but I will give an example of which players are shown for each team. Let’s take the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers (winners of the AL East) as an example. For the batters/fielders, the first players listed are always those who played most games at (in this order) 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, the three OF positions, C, and DH (for AL teams starting in 1973). For the Brewers, these players are Cecil Cooper 1B, Jim Gantner 2B, Robin Yount SS, Paul Molitor 3B, Charlie Moore, Gorman Thomas, and Ben Oglivie OF, Ted Simmons C, and Roy Howell DH. Then below the regulars the other players are listed, in decreasing order of games played: from Don Money (96 games) down to Bob Skube (4 games).Over on the pitchers’ side of the page, in decreasing order of games won (a rather idiosyncratic choice), is the list of the teams pitchers. For the Brewers, the first several pitchers listed are Pete Vukovich (18 wins), Mike Caldwell (17), Bob McClure (12), Moose Haas (11), Jim Slaton (10), Randy Lerch (8), Doc Medich (5), and Rollie Fingers (5) – the Brewers’ closer. Last pitcher listed in Jamie Easterly (0 wins, 2 losses).Having listed all the teams in both leagues, and all? (most?) of their players and stats, the remaining data shown for the season is primarily post season results. The line scores for all post-season games are shown, together with the composite batting and pitching stats for playoff teams. In 1982 there were three post-season series: Milwaukee vs. California (AL championship), St. Louis vs. Atlanta (NL championship) and St. Louis vs. Milwaukee (World Series).Now, the baseball fan will say, are there no career stats for the players anywhere? Well, there are. There are combined stats for batters and pitchers (alphabetically arranged) for five different periods: 1901-1919, 1920-1945, 1946-1960, 1961-1972, and 1973-1993. But of course many players will have played in more than one period. For example, Ted Williams played in both the second and third of these periods. He isn’t mentioned with the second period batters, because he played more in the third period. That’s where his career stat totals appear. Finally, at the back of my edition, there are about fifty pages of additional “Leaders and Features”. If you really want to know what they all are, (view spoiler)[ Hall of fame members, Pennant Winners, Yearly Batting and Pitching Leaders, Single Season Leaders, Lifetime Leaders, No-Hitters, Team Leaders, Awards, World Series, Non-Playing Managers, and Active Leaders for Batting and Pitching (hide spoiler)]
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