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The History of Nippon Professional Baseball (1934 – 2004)

by on Mar.13, 2009 @ 8:26 am, under NPB

An old co-worker of mine dropped an AMAZING present on me. I still can't believe it. This is a book that I have wanted buy for quite some time now but either a) couldn't find it, or b) couldn't afford to buy when I did manage to find it. It is simply a treasure trove of Japanese baseball history and I am extremely grateful to her.

Here are a few pictures of the 2-book set.

I wish it had more detailed stats for individual players, but I can't complain. As is, it contains roster information and day-to-day team record information. This is, without a doubt, THE most comprehensive compendium of NPB information I have ever laid my eyes on.

Incidentally, this set weighs in at a hefty 5.4kg and the two volumes contain over 1,500 pages (combined) of NPB goodness (the History Volume - 751 pages; the Stats Volume - 781 pages).

0 comments on “The History of Nippon Professional Baseball (1934 – 2004)

  1. Gwynar

    No kidding. This is seriously the most awesome set of baseball books I have ever laid my eyes on. There’s just so much information here.

  2. emath

    Nice. Something like that would fit well in my collection of baseball history books.

    It’s funny how a book with nothing but baseball stats, and info can keep you from getting anything else done. I have one with all kinds of pitching info (pitches thrown for most players in history, and things like that) from Bill James, and Rob Neyer. 484 pages of good stuff.

    The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues (952 pages), with TONS of info, stories, stats, and comparisons to White Major league players at the time (very helpful when creating a negro league team, or roster set for a video game). Those are the two I use most, but I have another couple I got for roster making purposes.

    I’ll sit and read these things for hours at a time when I first get them. Then read them again (player by player, or section by section) when I am looking up something about a certain player for creation in my rosters.

  3. thebishop

    daaaaaaaaamn, that’s sweet! I love finding things like that, so someone giving it to you is golden.