Monday, September 26, 2016

Another new book.  I knew almost nothing at all about this team -- even though they were the team the Red Sox were eventually named after.   Until I worked on this book.  It was a really great learning experience. Thanks to Bob LeMoine for suggesting it.

What a game!  Not to mention Pedroia's play, which words fail to describe.

The win was the 11th in a row for Boston, and at one point as the game progressed, Sox pitchers struck out 11 consecutive Rays, establishing a new major-league record. Eduardo Rodriguez had already struck out the side in the third, the fourth, and the fifth – but not all of those were included in the run of 11. He walked the second batter he faced in the fourth. Then he struck out the next two. Add in the three batters from the fifth, and the first of the sixth, and we're up to six in a row retired with a K. He was whiffing the Rays at a pace he could have blown past the 20-K record, but his pitch count was already up to 113 and not only were the Red Sox not about to endanger their young pitcher. They also wanted to win the AL East. Heath Hembree came on in relief – and he faced five batters (two in the sixth and three in the seventh), and struck out every one of them. Matt Barnes later struck out one and Joe Kelly two, giving the Red Sox staff 21 Ks in nine innings, a new major-league record. The game did go to extra innings, and Kelly struck out two more in the 10th, for a team total of 23 Ks in 10 innings. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

...and just in case you wanted to see the Spanish language edition...

here it is....

Cuban Baseball Legends - new SABR publication

Of interest beyond just Boston baseball, this was published by SABR today.  Available via SABR or on Amazon.

See also the Spanish edition -- SABR's first Spanish publication. Thanks to Reynaldo Cruz for the translations. Reynaldo is a SABE member from Holguin, Cuba.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ted Williams Cheers A Young Amputee

Ted Williams cheers up a young amputee. That's the name of the story I have posted:

It's a pretty fascinating story (to me, anyhow) -- one that took me years to "crack."

I will be chatting online about it Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

former Negro Leagues ballplayer "brought back to life"

Here is the remarkable story of former Negro Leagues ballplayer Jim Zapp, who was effectively comatose and thought to be lost to his family. Fortunately, his son James Jr. questioned the medical diagnosis, took him medication, and saw his father “come back to life.”  There is a potential lesson here which may help other families going forward.

See the article at the National Pastime Museum.

The original, full article will still appear sometime in the future in the SABR book on the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons and Homestead Grays, which Rick Bush and I are editing.

There is also a "Baseball Banter" on the National Pastime Museum site at 1:00 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, July 12 where I will have an online conversation with people who wish to join in. If you’re free at that time, please check in.

Bill Nowlin

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Now available! After a 9-year wait, the new edition....

Now available!   After a 9-year wait, the new edition....RED SOX BY THE NUMBERS.

Friday, May 27, 2016

With Wade Boggs' number retirement yesterday, it's a good time to mention the forthcoming (June 21) publication of the new edition of RED SOX BY THE NUMBERS by Matthew Silverman and myself. We put out the original volume back in 2010. The publisher asked us to create a new edition, and we've packed a LOT of new material in there. The Red Sox, among other things, won another World Series in the interim -- 2013.

The book is available for pre-orders now (just thought I'd mention that!)  :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Brand new book on the 1986 Boston Red Sox

SABR has simultaneously published two new books, one on the 1986 Mets and one on the 1986 Red Sox. Leslie Heaphy and I edited both books. The fact of the joint publication gives fans of both teams the chance to compete once more -- which fans will order the most books?

SABR members get both books free, but they're both available to the general public, too. Search on "There Was More Than Game Six" at Amazon or other online sites.

Here's the Red Sox book!
We're going to run a friendly competition between now and April 15 to see which fans order the most books -- Mets, or Red Sox!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

my biography of Homer Simpson

OK, it's not exactly Red Sox baseball -- though the book does have a biography of Wade Boggs in it.

See my latest book:

Monday, January 11, 2016

Who is Ira Flagstead?

OK, we know who Jason Varitek is, and Tim Wakefield, and Larry Lucchino. Joining them all in this year's Red Sox Hall of Fame induction is Ira Flagstead?

Be well-prepared, when all your friends inevitably ask you: Who is Ira Flagstead?

Here's a link to Flagstead's bio:

(You can also just look it up at