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Reflecting the dominance of the New York Yankees’ infamous “Murderers’ Row” in the 1920s, the University of Nebraska Press has become a baseball book publishing powerhouse.

Regularly winning national accolades—sometimes pulling out broomsticks to sweep annual honors—the University of Nebraska Press’ catalog of books on the national hobby serves as an important resource for fans and scholars looking for dives. in baseball history.

“The University of Nebraska Press tops or nears any list of publishers of major baseball books,” said Rosemary Sekora, publicity manager for UNP. “And the really cool part is the breadth of subject matter. We cover all kinds of baseball history – from the Negro leagues to the Phillies teams in the 1970s. We also have memoirs from players, coaches and umpires .

“You really can find something for anyone on our list.”

In the last decade, UNP The books have won the Society for American Baseball Research’s annual Seymour Medal — a top national award for a book about baseball history or biography — six times. This includes loading bases with three UNP publications named the 2022 finalists and knocked him out of the park when Steven Treder’s biography of New York/San Francisco Giants owner Horace Stoneham won the Seymour Prize.

SABR is home to the nation’s largest group of baseball scholars and historians,” said Rob Taylor, UNPacquisitions editor in charge of sports. “When they recognize your books, you know you’ve published something important to those who know baseball history.

“And we were lucky that our books won several of their awards.”

The University of Nebraska Press’s baseball expertise began in the 1990s when then-director Dan Ross reprinted several books that had been discontinued by commercial publishers. The success of these books – which included Ty Cobb’s autobiography “My Life in Baseball” – helped build a new list in baseball history. From the 2000s, UNP published original baseball books and cemented its national reputation.

Along with books, UNP publishes Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture and distributes SABRJournal of Baseball Research. Both publications feature statistical studies and in-depth reviews of baseball, the game on the field, related business trends, and the societal and cultural implications of the game.

“Success in baseball started a trend to spill over into other areas of sports history,” Taylor said. “We started to get more submissions related to other sports, which led us to develop this part of our catalog.

“Since then, we’ve become a well-known publisher not only for books on baseball, but also on sports in general and related fields.”

Today, Taylor receives a few hundred sports-related submissions each year. Of these, an average of 20 are published, with as many as eight to 10 focusing on baseball.

The overall success of UNPSports Catalog relies on its status as a not-for-profit publisher, allowing it to take risks on authors and topics that large commercial publishers may ignore.

“For us, it’s not just if a book sells well,” Taylor said. “It’s more about whether a book helps us fulfill our larger mission, which is to publish worthwhile scholarly books in a number of fields.

“Our baseball roster does this by expanding our understanding of the game, how it has evolved, and how it reflects — and can influence — our culture. And, most importantly, it does so in a way that is very accessible to anyone who loves this game.”

University of Nebraska Press Hall of Fame Baseball Titles

Recent critically acclaimed baseball titles:

SABR Seymour Medals
  • 2022 – Steven Treder, “Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham”
  • 2020 – Jeremy Beer, “Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player”
SABR Baseball Research Award
  • 2022 – Lawrence Baldassaro, “Tony Lazzeri: Yankees legend and baseball pioneer”
  • 2022 – Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg, “Returning Pitchers: The Notable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn”
  • 2021 – Robert K. Fitts, “Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Baseball Players”
  • 2020 – Roberta J. Newman, “Here’s the Field: The Amazing, True, New, and Better Story of Baseball and Advertising”
  • 2020 — César Brioso, “Last seasons in Havana: the Castro revolution and the end of professional baseball in Cuba”
  • 2019 – Bill Nowlin, “Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox”
  • 2018 — Jim Leeke, “From Dugouts to Trenches: Baseball in the Great War”; Steve Steinberg, “Urban Shocker: Silent Heroes of Baseball’s Golden Age”
SABR Larry Ritter Book Prize
  • 2020 – Jeremy Beer, “Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player”
  • 2020 – Charles DeMotte, “James T. Farrell and Baseball: Chicago’s South Side Dreams and Realism”
  • 2018 — Jim Leeke, “From Dugouts to Trenches: Baseball in the Great War”
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  • Brad Balukjian, “The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife,” Los Angeles Times Monthly Bestseller List and NPR‘s Book Concierge Best Reads of 2020.
  • Jeremy Beer, “Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player,” 2019 CASEY Baseball Book of the Year Award
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