Gene Carney has been writing about baseball since 1989. He is the author of two well-received books: Romancing the Horsehide: Baseball Poems on Players and the Game(McFarland, 1993) and Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded (Potomac, 2006), winner of the SABR Ritter Award for top book of the year on the deadball era, and a finalist for the Dave Moore Award (Elysian Field Quarterly) as the Most Important Baseball Book of 2006.
Gene has written Notes from the Shadows of Cooperstown since 1993 and has appeared online since 1999. He also has written for USA Today's Baseball Weekly plus the baseball literary magazines Spitball, Fan, and Elysian Field Quarterly. He currently is applying the finishing touches to a book on Cooperstown, a collection of fiction, a novella and a full-length musical. Burying the Black Sox is available in paperback. Gene is busy planning it's sequel, which he hopes to turn into a screenplay. He has been a SABR member since 1991.
Over the past 25 years, Richard Lally, our hard-eyed editor-in-chief and the author of nine popular baseball books, has interviewed over 400 baseball personalities while gathering material for nine books on the national pastime including the best-selling The Wrong Stuff(coauthored with Bill Lee) and Bombers, an oral history of the New York Yankees. In 2002, Princeton University named Bombers to its prestigious Dixon Collection, a collection of books reflecting contemporary American thought. In this exclusive column, he will share portions of his past and most recent conversations with many of baseball's leading figures, his musings over the current baseball scene and he will present the occasional special Baseball Library feature from other contributors, including material from our archives.
BaseballLibrary.com is happy to have John Shiffert contributing his column.
Most baseball fans love numbers, from the traditional "counting" stats like RBI and home runs, to the more complex sabermetric calculations, such as OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) and Runs Created. In this section of the library, we will present various lists from our own analysts, various baseball periodicals past and present, other topflight baseball sites and our readers