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The Fall 2012 edition of the American Association Almanac, Vol. 10, No. 2 was released one week ago; extra copies are available. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you be interested in purchasing a copy. The cost is $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
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Title: A Chronicle of the 1912 American Association Championship Season • Three Baseball Lives
Sub-title: Cutting Short the Mortal Coil: When Death and Loss Pervade the Elysian Fields
Number of Pages: 60
Format: Paper; Page size 5.5" x 8.5"
Font: New Times Roman in 10 pt.
Issued: October 10, 2012
Overview: Covers the theme of the American Association's 1912 season on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. A summary of each team's progress throughout the year is covered. Milwaukee and Columbus receive an in-depth look courtesy of guest authors Dennis Pajot and Chris Gallutia. This covers pages 1-42. Following each team summary is a listing of their club leaders in hitting and pitching.
A survey of three baseball lives is next. First is a look at the life of Milwaukee Brewers' owner Otto Borchert for whom Borchert Field is named. Next is an article on Milwaukee's second female owner, Florence Killilea who passed away in 1931. Both articles are written by award-winning author Dennis Pajot. Finally, a summary of the career of Doc Buckner, Milwaukee's African American trainer during the 1920s and '30s, is provided, courtesy of collector and researcher Paul Tenpenny.
The back cover features color photos of the grave site of Ed Kenna, pitcher for the Louisville Colonels during the early 1900s, and St. Paul pitcher Hank Gehring who pitched during the first decade of the 20th century. Both died within one month of each other during the spring of 1912.
The inside back cover features color photos of Gehring and Kenna, plus Florence Killilea and her father Henry (one of the founders of the American League), as well as Doc Buckner and Charles Havenor, the Brewers' first owner.
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Volume 10, Number 2 of the
American Association Almanac: DUE OUT OCTOBER 1
Among the variety of topics coming up in the Almanac's next issue, you'll read about the 1912 Columbus Senators. In an article written by Chris Gallutia, one of the foremost experts in the history of Columbus (OHIO) baseball history, the story of the Senators' 1912 campaign comes to light. A young and hard-nosed bunch, Bill Friel's 1912 Columbus Senators had five of the league’s Top Ten position players in games played and the Association’s youngest pitching staff. With that combination they kept their eye on the top spot all season long, never remotely out of the rear view mirror of the Minneapolis Millers.
Appearing in a second-ranked 168 games, Ray Miller’s dedication and steadfastness at the first sack was a tribute to the club’s tenacity, but Skeeter Shelton (OF - 167 g), Wally Gerber (ss - 166 g), George Perring (3b - 164 g) and Bill Hinchman (OF - 161 g) were nearly his equal in the “iron man” category.
But perhaps more importantly, the Senator’s perennial backstop, 28-year-old Sydney Smith from Smithville, South Carolina, was one of the club’s most vital assets. Smith had the longest string of consecutive games played in American Association history during the course of the 1912 season while catching in 155 games, more than any former Association catcher in one season.
Arrange now to receive your copy of the Fall issue of the American Association Almanac, the most comprehensive publication available with respect to minor league baseball history. Get your box seat to baseball history and subscribe today! Contact the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org and see what special offers apply on current subscription rates. Standard rates are published on this website.
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to view the ongoing series I started several weeks ago to commemorate key anniversaries of player deaths. For example, today is the 100th anniversary of the death of Edward Benninghaus Kenna, son of a West Virginia statesman, who had the unique distinction of being known as "the Pitching Poet." You will read about Kenna and his accomplishments at the "Almanac Park" blogsite, as well as those of several others, dating from roughly mid-February of this year. Please leave a comment and "follow" me on my blogsite. And enjoy baseball history!
Two weeks ago I released Vol. 10, No. 1 of the Almanac on the subject of the 1903 championship season of the St. Paul Saints. This 56-page edition contains the following principal sections:
1. An overview on the formation of the American Association dating back to its organizational meeting in November of 1901;
2. A section dealing with the queston of the relevance of major league experience on the part of the players of the 1903 St. Paul Saints, esp. in comparison with its upriver rival, the Minneapolis Millers;
3. A description of St. Paul's Downtown Park, a freshly constructed baseball facility which earned the ignominious nickname of "Pillbox Park" owing to its limited dimensions and its impact on the pennant drive of the Saints that year;
4. An overview of the St. Paul pitching staff in 1903;
5. An overview of the St. Paul position players of 1903;
6. A detailed chronology of games played by the Saints in 1903;
7. St. Paul's head-to-head results vs. the seven other entrants of the American Association;
8. A listing of general patterns comparing home vs. road performance statistics such as longest winning streaks, most runs allowed, runs scored, scoring differentials, etc.
9. A necrology of players from the American Association through 1952.
The text is accompanied by a small sampling of tables and selections from Sporting Life, a national magazine which covered the 1903 American Association campaign in 1903. Endnotes are supplied. References for this edition are contained on this website. Total length of content roughly 28,000 words.
Copies are available for $10 plus $2 shipping; contact Rex Hamann at email@example.com for information on senior and group discounts.
Another issue of the American Association Almanac is out. It deals with the 34 former American Association players who passed away in roughly the last year. This issue is Vol. 9, No. 2 of the Almanac and is entitled, "Gone With the Great Majority: An American Association Necrology, Part I."
Because over 65 players who performed in the American Association at one time or another within the last 15 months (roughly), I had to decide to break the issue into two parts in order to adequately cover each player's career in pro ball as it related to the American Association, and so I decided to break it down between two distinct groups, position players and pitchers. Interestingly, the split was nearly even. Pitchers will be examined in the next issue.
This 56-pageissue (over 21,000 words) combines a variety of internet and traditional resources to compile a clear look at each player's career, noting highs and lows, military intervention, key injuries, career after baseball, and much more. In addition, each player's American Association batting line is presented.
There are over a dozen player photos (including one of former Milwaukee Brewer George "Bingo" Binks in Brewers uniform, circa 1944, from the tremendous snapshot collection of Milwaukeean Paul Tenpenny whose website, Welcome To Borchert Field (www.borchertfield.com) presents an ongoing look at the old Brewers and their home for 51 seasons in Milwaukee, Borchert Field) and a variety of other graphic elements.
Among the more prominent players included in this issue are George Crowe, Don Lang, Roy Hartsfield, Walt Dropo and of course, Ron Santo. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how you can receive an issue of the Almanac or how you can subscribe.
The most recent issue of the American Association Almanac is now available to the general public. This issue deals with Louisville's Parkway Field, home of the Louisville Colonels from 1923-56. Focussing on the early history of the stadium, the narrative begins as club President William F. Knebelkamp must deal with the effects of losing Eclipse Park to fire in November 1922.
A discussion of the various plans brought forth via the club's general manager, Cap Neal, and architect Leslie Abbott emerges as a central aspect of the Parkway Field story, and the construction process resulted in unexpected challenges which caused President Knebelkamp serious concerns. The Almanac deals with questions surrounding the Eclipse Park fire and examines possible motives for why the fire may have been intentionally set.
As in past issues of the series on American Association Ballparks, this Almanac presents a close look at the opening game as the Colonels hosted the Toledo Mud Hens on May 1, 1923. The Almanac extracts a variety of topics from local reports reflecting on the home opener with a spotlight on the local reaction to the Colonels new playground.
You'll read about Earle Combs, the Kentucky Colonel, who cut his teeth on American Association baseball, first at Eclipse Park and then at Parkway Field. You'll learn about the five future Hall of Famers on the field during the home opener, representing a collision of fate in the extreme, the sort of irony adored by baseball historians no matter the color of their flag. Other pearls line the walls of this issue, as well.
A detailed description of the Parkway Field physical plant and playing follows. Subsequent sections examine key dates of the 1923 season with a focus on events which involved action on the field; the post-1923 season is covered as well, including the first night game, and the four no-hitters tossed there.
Finally, a focus on attendance patterns during the park's lifetime is presented, first by looking at general attendance patterns during the first season, followed by a homestand-to-homestand look at daily attendance patterns at Parkway Field, and finally attendance patterns by season through 1956.
A colorful sampling of graphics enhances the content of this issue. Using photos and graphs, the reader will be well acquainted with the history of Parkway Field as these devices help bring out the highlights and reinforce general concepts regarding quantitative aspects of the park's history.
In all, this issue represents the culmination of hundreds of hours of work, distilled into a highly readable format containing over 25,000 words in this 48-page edition. The Almanac continues to bring out the best of the history of the American Association through original research and collaboration with local baseball historians.
You won't want to miss out on this one. Contact me at email@example.com for details on how to order a copy for yourself or as a gift.
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Dedicated to Preserving the History of a Premier Midwestern Minor League, 1902- 1952
The Complete Milwaukee Brewers Roster Book
August 30, 2009
Hot off the presses! The new and revised third edition of the complete rosters of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1902-52 is now available and may be purchased through me for $14.99 including postage. This edition includes a host of new entries and a smattering of corrections. It contains numerous entries not available through online sources. This is your singular source for the most complete record of Brewers rosters available anywhere.
CONTENTS OF EACH ROSTER PAGE:
1. Year/Class/Win-Loss Record/Final Place in Standings
2. Position Players
b. number of games at position
c. total number of game appearances
d. batting average
i. league leaders highlighted
a. win/loss record
b. games appeared/games pitched
c. number of innings pitched
5. Miscellaneous Player Notes
a. cumulative records
b. birth information
c. death information
2. Comprehensive Index to Names
3. Supplementary Player Data (nicknames, etc.)
4. Tap House Trivia contest
Be sure to order yours today by contacting me at Pureout@msn.com with your ordering information.