The Tenth Inning

Books & Reviews

This section contains information about books I have written or contributed to.  Also included in  are reviews of my work by external media.

Who's on First: Replacement Players in World War II

This book released in March 2015 by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) profiles forty-eight players whose careers in major league baseball were tied to the shortage of players during the war. Because of the large number of unknown, unproven players who ascended to big league rosters during the war years, it was the proverbial case of needing a scorecard to know who was in the starting lineup, hence the book title, “Who’s on First.”

I wrote the biography of one of the players featured in the book, John “Fats” Dantonio. He was from New Orleans and played in 50 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and 1945, his only major league seasons.

The book had contributions from over 50 members from SABR who provided the detailed biographies of the 48 players included, as well as interesting pieces about the state of baseball during the war. The primary editors of the book were Marc Aaron and Bill Nowlin.

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Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball's Relatives

The game of baseball has more family relationships than any other professional sport. Family Ties contains a wide-ranging compilation of information about the many relatives who have participated in major league baseball. Find out which major league players had roots in the Negro Leagues or the Latin American leagues. Discover which baseball families were the most prolific on the field. Learn about major league brothers’ achievements as teammates and opponents. Family Ties introduces such topics as the “First Family of Baseball” and the “Sons of the Big Red Machine.” These are just a few of the many dimensions of baseball’s relatives organized in this book. Baseball trivia buffs will be re-stocked with new tidbits of information. Baseball researchers and journalists will have new reference material for biographical projects. All readers will be amazed at the vastness of the research represented in this book.

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Reviews of My Work

Delta Magazine listed Family Ties in its "Hot Topics" feature in the March/April 2013 issue.  Click here to read.

Tom Bartsch, editor of Sports Collectors Digest, reviewed Family Ties in its November 2, 2012 issue.  Click here  to read.

The West Bank Beacon published an article about Family Ties in its November 2102 issue.  Click here to read.

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