I just recently did the Orioles Encyclopedia on this blog. So there is really no need to hash through all the details of what these team encyclopedias are about. I really just wanted everyone to see that there are options out there for their favorite teams and that there may be some difference in format from team to team.
The Dodgers Encyclopedia
By:William McNeil- 2012 Sports Publishing
This encyclopedia is very impressive and Dodgers fans should take note. It covers the full history of Dodgers baseball and covers both the L.A. and Brooklyn versions of the team. It even goes as far back to tracing the teams roots before they were formally known as the Dodgers, but still existed in Brooklyn. You are getting over 150 years of history in one package.
This book sticks to the standard format of team encyclopedias. It covers players, managers, executives, rosters, broadcasters, regular season, postseason and of course special moments in team history. It covers some of the most important moments in the teams history and accompanies it with some great pictures. If this is one of your favorite teams it is worth picking up because the information contained in here is invaluable.
As I said before, the only down side with these type of books is they become obsolete very quickly. When rosters turn over each year and new players come into the fold, you don’t have all the information on the team. Hopefully new editions come out every few years, so it is not long that the fan is out of date. I have several editions of various teams in my library and they are very helpful. Me recommendation is everyone should get at least one edition for their own bookcase.
You can get this book for the nice folks at Sports Publishing
Knowledge is power. Baseball history affords us the opportunity to gain greats amount of knowledge. If you appreciate the game as an entire institution or just an individual team holds your attention, the information available is endless. Todays book allows fans the ability to learn in-depth about their favorite team.
The Orioles Encyclopedia
By:Mike Gesker – 2009 The Johns Hopkins University Press
Fans of the Baltimore Orioles have a very valuable tool at their disposal. Whatever morsel of knowledge they want to acquire is now contained in one neat little package. From their roots deep in the transplanted St. Louis Browns, starting play in 1954 as the Baltimore Orioles through the date of the book’s publication, you get it all. Fifty plus years of information rolled in to one neat little 862 page package.
Readers get several interesting aspects of the teams history. The book is split into various sections. Seasons, all-time rosters, coaches, managers, ballparks, post season berths, award winners and broadcasters are all covered in here. One of the more interesting sections I found was first round draft choices. You get to see the successes and busts that have come through Baltimore’s farm system. Off the field is fun is not forgotten in this book either. You get some behind the scenes glimpses of what antics went on in the Baltimore locker rooms as well. This book is invaluable to Orioles fans that want to complete their team knowledge.
There have been several of types of these team encyclopedias published through the years for various teams. I think they are a very important piece in a fans personal library. You get the ability to sit down and browse through the book and relive some great memories of your favorite team. I know by reading through this I came across some players I didn’t even know played for the O’s. The only down side to these types of books is that they need to be updated every few years with new editions. Orioles fans, this should be on your must buy list because it will really be enjoyable to have the information at your finger tips and the ability to re-live some old memories.
You can get this book from the nice folks at The Johns Hopkins University Press