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Monday, February 07, 2022

Hall of Merit Book Club

Several Hall of Merit participants have written books. This thread will be for discussion / promotion of those books.

My book “Black Stats Matter” is now available for pre-order from McFarland:
“Player Won-Lost Records in Baseball: Measuring Performance in Context”
Baseball Player Won-Lost Records
150 Players, 50 Years

DL from MN Posted: February 07, 2022 at 01:02 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: February 07, 2022 at 02:11 PM (#6064107)
By request. If there are more HoM participants who have published a relevant book let me know and I'll add it to the list.
   2. progrockfan Posted: February 08, 2022 at 09:57 AM (#6064196)
Thanks for starting this thread, DL.

Please excuse the following blatant self-promotion. McFarland signed me as an independent; my agent and promoter is me, and I'm doing my best to spread the word.

From the back cover:
For over half a century, Black baseball players, barred from the Major Leagues by systemic racism, competed in leagues of their own. Black Stats Matter re-interprets the history of race in baseball from the ground up, telling the story of how the Major Leagues became the “Caucasian Leagues,” and naming the person most responsible for their segregation; showing how Major League owners and executives tried to delay and even prevent integration; and proving, using a broad range of methods, that Negro League players were every inch the equals of their Major League counterparts. Cherished records held by white players since the days of segregation are shown to belong rightfully to Negro League superstars. Black Stats Matter takes a fresh look at a subject that’s both straight from today’s headlines and as old as baseball itself.
   3. progrockfan Posted: February 08, 2022 at 04:59 PM (#6064326)

For those of you who don't already know this, I quote a number of HoM posters in the book. Some of you will agree with my conclusions, some won't. I look forward to the discussion.
   4. Kiko Sakata Posted: February 14, 2022 at 01:57 PM (#6065117)
Thanks for putting this together. And especially thanks for referencing my books!
   5. progrockfan Posted: June 27, 2022 at 12:59 PM (#6084093)
News: Author and pioneering Black baseball historian Larry Lester has just completed a foreword for my book.

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   6. progrockfan Posted: June 28, 2022 at 12:45 PM (#6084275)
Advance notices:
"One of the best baseball books ever...Right up there with [The Bill James] Historical Abstract and [Scott Simkus’s] Outsider Baseball on my personal list...Covers almost all of what I would consider the important topics that have been neglected in most Negro League writing.”
– Seamheads co-founder and Fay Vincent Award winner Kevin Johnson
“Master Lee brilliantly gives credentials to the Black inhabitants of the baseball planet, [taking] us on a connect-the-dots journey never published before…Lee’s body of work will forever be a topic of conversation and debate as sports fans evolve their thought processes in the acceptance of Negro League players as Major League talents.”
– From the Foreword by author and historian Larry Lester

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