Praise for Images of Baseball Series - 05/20/2005 Baseball Almanac
Arcadia Publishing offered Baseball Almanac the opportunity to review Baseball in Toledo by John Husman earlier this year. To be completely honest, we were not that excited about the opportunity, but a free book is a free book. When the one-hundred twenty-eight page book arrived, we were at least happy that it would not take long to complete the review.
Baseball Almanac was as wrong as wrong could be. Virtually every single page of this well written guide told the rich history of baseball in Toledo through pictures — each of which has detailed captions. Here is a tiny sampling of items found in this book:
Images of ball parks in Toledo as far back as 1889.
Images of former Toledo players who hold major league records including Earl Webb (doubles), Hack Wilson (runs batted in) and Jim Marshall (games pitched).
All fifteen Hall of Famers who were associated with Toledo.
None of the images we saw were stock type photos, but instead we found spectacular photographs not found in any other baseball books — anywhere. Since that date we have added the following Images of Baseball books to our collection: Tiger Stadium by Irwin J. Cohen, Baseball in Columbus by James R. Tootle, Baseball in Indianapolis by W.C. Madden, Bridgeport Baseball by Michael J. Bielawa, The Philadelphia Athletics by William C. Kashatus, Brooklyn Dodgers by Mark Rucker & Baseball in San Diego : From the Padres to Petco by Bill Swank.
Bottom line? No better series of baseball guides has probably ever been written. The publisher's slogan is Preserving America's heritage, one community at a time and they have succeeded in putting together a captivating / historically significant series of books. The reason we gave the Images of Baseball series 4½ stars out of a possible 5, is due to the cost. At $20 each they are not cheap or easy to assemble (our series lacks at least another dozen guides), but they are a set that belongs in your baseball library.
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