When I was growing up, I always had a couple of shelves filled with reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauruses, quotation anthologies, and the like. I often needed those things for school projects and it was nice to have them at hand so I didn’t have to rely solely on the local library for help.
These days, however, my reference shelf is considerably smaller — mostly due to the fact that I can look nearly everything up online for free. Nevertheless, I still buy some reference books, including ESPN’s Baseball Encyclopedia.
I know there are thousands of sports sites out there that have all the baseball stats I could ever ask for, but for some reason, I really like having a hard copy of all this data. I have the 2006 version of the Encyclopedia, which I bought several months ago to replace an older version, and I pull it off the shelf at least once a week.
The reason I like ESPN’s Baseball Encyclopedia so much is that it contains a lot of articles to supplement the usual stats and figures. There’s a short capsule about each World Series, plus detailed info about the MVP, Cy Young, and other postseason awards.
At 1,700+ pages, the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia is a hefty volume that is a must-have for any true baseball fan out there!