College Baseball: The Book

by Greg in

college-baseball.jpgA little pricey ($65), but this book is a must if you love college baseball. College Baseball by SABR Collegiate Baseball Committee chair Rick Benner is now available on a variety of websites. This book is the real deal. The story of college baseball opens on July 1, 1859 when college baseball officially began with a game between Williams and Amherst. (Early evidence of the old Massachusetts Game.) This book is reportedly the first complete college baseball history.

The author is as interesting to me as the book itself.

Banner is the longtime chair of the Collegiate Baseball Committee, a research committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He is also a member of the Historical Committee of the College Baseball Foundation, and a voting member for the College Baseball Hall of Fame. His research to determine which major league baseball players played at which college has contributed greatly to the advancement of interest in college baseball history. He has been contacted by media sources across the country for information, including ESPN and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

His book, College Baseball: Essential Facts About All Division I Teams was published by McFarland Publishing. He currently lives in Kansas and works as a paralegal for a law firm in Kansas City.