|The front page of the 1954-The Mutual Baseball Almanac|
Let's take a look at some pages:
The book had some cool sections on tips to watch the game from the different positions including umpires and managers:
|Tips on Watching the Batter by HOFer Stan Musial|
|The Cleveland Indians Al Rosen (left) and Brooklyn's Jackie Robinson (right)|
|This page shows the expenses of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952|
|The stadium layout of Griffith Stadium-home of the Washington Senators|
One of the major difference's was the players records as most of the players had their careers interrupted by military service. Can you imagine any of today's stars having to miss time due to military service. A lot of players had served in WWII or Korea and the military draft was still going on. By looking at the 40-man rosters on each team, I noticed that 19 players (about 2.5%) on the 40-man had spent their 1953 seasons "In Service" including stars Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Don Newcome of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- The oldest player on any 40-man roster was pitcher Alpha Brazle at 39 on the St.Louis Cardinals.
- There were ten teen-agers on the various 40-mans (including Hall of Famer Al Kaline at 19). With 18 being the youngest.
- That there were only 14 players born in Latin America. With Cuba leading the way with seven players.
- That only three others were born outside the United States-Scotland, Canada and Czechoslovakia.
- That there were four managers (out of 16) that became HOFers due their managing.
- That there were 31 future HOFers on the various 40-man rosters (including two-Tommy LaSorda and Dick Williams-both on the Brooklyn 40 man who became HOFers, not for playing but managing). Hank Aaron opened the season with the Milwaukee Braves but was not on the 40 man roster at press time
-Here is one I found funny. The editor of the book was a Brooklyn Dodger fan as the on the listing of the 40 man rosters he listed HOFer's Duke Snider (Edwin) and Pee Ree Reese (Harold) by their nicknames and hated the Yankees as he listed HOFer's Ed Ford (Whitey) and Larry Berra (Yogi) by their given names.
I loved the book and I seen it listed for $30.00 on various sites. Glad I got it for $.50.