Baseball Summer: The Story of the 1937 Smiths Falls Beavers
OK, here's what happened. About 15 years ago I became interested in a local rumour/story about a professional baseball team that played in my home town a long time ago. I was a history teacher so I knew a bit about research. I spent over 3 years researching & writing the story of the minor league team that operated for only one year a long time ago. I made several visits to the library at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, the National Archives in Ottawa, libraries in Barre Vermont, Ogdensburg NY and several in Eastern Ontario. I visited one of the players outside Marcellus NY and made contact with many other players and/or their families/friends/teammates/acquaintances. In the process I learned a lot about my community, the late 1930's, the sport of baseball and a wonderful group of American athletes. I had a great time!
When I submitted my Ms. to a few regional publishers, the response was generally similar - well-written, interesting BUT too local AND a book about baseball AND all the players were American. I DID have an offer from one publisher, but I decided not to accept the terms. So my Ms. sat in a box until I read a favourable article about Lulu.com several months ago. Lulu.com is a self-publishing site/service that offers print-on-demand and other optional services. I updated my story & have recently made it available. Obviously it is not a traditional publishing house but I have been pleased with the results. Lulu makes money by selling books. The quality of the final product is quite good.
Baseball Summer focuses on the American players who spent one summer in a small town in Eastern Ontario a long time ago and includes 12+ pages of vintage photos and several pages of statistics. I also follow what happened to the players after their summer in Smiths Falls Ontario in 1937. Two made it to the major leagues - Xavier Rescigno with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1943-45 and Walter Lanfranconi with the Chicago Cubs in 1940 and the Boston Braves in 1947.
A major surprise was discovering that Matt Christopher, the well-regarded author of sports books for younger readers, was an original members of the 1937 Smiths Falls Beavers. I enjoyed a personal correspondence with Matt for over a year & was saddened by his death.
I had a great time researching & writing this book. I don't expect (m)any people might be reading this to be interested in purchasing a copy, but here is a link to a description on Lulu :
If you are interested in this book and want an autographed copy, contact me. Do not purchase via Lulu.