Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth

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Legend has it that famed novelist W. He never came to bat in the game. After that one game in the show, Graham never again got a shot in the Bigs, and was seemingly lost to the baseball ages. As thick as a Manhattan telephone book remember phone books? The stat lines and bio lines were straightforward and simple -- this was long before the invention of abstract analytics such as WHIP or WAR -- and the lines were easy to read.

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Readers were left to their own imaginations as to how a ballplayer got his nickname. Ken Samelson and I had the distinct privilege and pleasure to have worked on three editions of The Baseball Encyclopedia together. We took on this editorial task with extreme respect and the utmost responsibility as we knew that all baseball fans everywhere viewed the book as the Bible of the National Pastime.

When we discovered there were mistakes in our data base, we corrected them. For example, for several early editions of The Baseball Encyclopedia , there was a fellow named Lou Proctor listed in the book. Louis Browns in But thanks to careful research, it was discovered that Proctor was actually not a big leaguer, but a telegraph operator who somehow inserted his name into a Browns-Red Sox box score.

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Over the years, we had other unusual requests. The great Yankees pitcher, Allie Reynolds, called Ken one day out of the blue when Allie was in his 70s. Then there was a notable pitcher who had pitched for several years in the show, and who called me one morning to complain how disappointed he was that we had left his name and pitching records out of the book.

I had to sheepishly explain to him that The Baseball Encyclopedia was divided into two sections: Players and Pitchers. He had apparently searched in vain for his name in the Players section, somehow not realizing that there was a separate section for Pitchers. And of course, his name and stats were indeed all there.

The pitcher may have been embarrassed by his call, but he was clearly grateful and happy that his long career had not been overlooked in the book. You may be thinking that perhaps it was Ted Williams or Ty Cobb? But no. John Paciorek went 3-for-3 with two walks in the only major league game he played in for the Houston Colt.

John -- one of three Paciorek brothers with an entry in The Baseball Encyclopedia Tom Paciorek played 18 major league seasons with six teams between and , the same year that Jim played in 68 games for the Milwaukee Brewers -- finished with a lifetime batting average of 1. And nobody ever has since.

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There were, of course, a few critics of The Baseball Encyclopedia. I assume the nickname Doc comes from his late start. He debuts in the majors at age 28, but holds on long enough to still be an everyday regular at age He leads the league with 45 appearances in , including 30 relief appearances. That year and in he tops the league in shutouts, and in is selected to the All-Star squad.

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He immediately orders the club disbanded. In , he led the league in caught steals.

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In , he hit more homers in the World Series two than in the entire regular season one with the Dodgers. At one point he was the all-time White Sox leader in homers. Louis ever since. Her deal had been voided by the New York-Pennsylvania League six days after signing a contract without a reason given. Finley is trying to grapple with having a small payroll in the era of free agency by loading up on young talent.

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