From Library Journal
In this huge work, Solomon updates and expands his 1997 book of the same name. As in the earlier edition, baseball events are arranged chronologically, giving us a picture of the game from 1845 through the 2000 season. In addition to highlighting significant games and team and individual milestones, he peppers his work with boxes devoted to rules and equipment changes, historical anecdotes, trivia, and the like and places the game in its overall historical and cultural context. This is the ultimate coffee-table book for the consummate baseball fan, covering each day of the professional sport's existence. Scholars, however, might have a few bones to pick. The index is disappointing as, for instance, Bucky Dent's 1978 home run that broke the hearts of Red Sox fans is recounted in the text but (unlike Bobby Thomson's 1951 "shot heard 'round the world") cannot be located by using the index. The same is true of Carlton Fisk's historic blast that forced a game seven in the 1975 World Series. Still, it's enlightening to run across such tidbits as the fact that Duke Snider debuted with the Dodgers the same day as Jackie Robinson or to read Albert Spalding's 1881 quote: "Salaries must come down, or the interest of the public must be increased in some way. If one or the other does not happen, bankruptcy stares every team in the face." This is a fun, well-researched book, but most libraries can make do with Total Baseball (Total Sports, 2001. 7th ed.) or The Baseball Encyclopedia (Macmillan, 1996) for stats and The Ballplayers (LJ 4/1/90. o.p.) or Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia (LJ 7/15/00) for biographical sketches. This exciting sports chronology is recommended for larger public libraries. Jim Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA
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The Baseball Timeline
is a day-by-day historical account, with the focus on the most prominent events in baseball for each year. The reader can browse baseball history and read astute yet brief entries regarding all of baseball's essential players, teams, and events. This work could be enjoyed for its photography alone as it offers hundreds of color photographs, many page-sized. In addition to the photos and entries, each year's coverage features newsworthy and cultural happenings and has several sidebars containing trivia, rules, and other fun facts. Each year concludes with a "Best of" list that highlights the season's top performers. Fans of baseball history are likely to enjoy the books by reading it cover to cover. Reference collections extensively catering to baseball or professional sports history should consider it.Other libraries may find it more appropriate for circulation. REVWRCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved