The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book 1901–1954

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New Book is a Must-Have for Every Philadelphia A’s Fan

It seems so long ago, but for better than half of the twentieth century, Philadelphia had two major-league baseball teams—the Athletics and the Phillies. Author and lifelong baseball fan Ted Taylor rooted for the A’s and his first labor of love resulted in The Philadelphia Athletics by the Numbers. Today, he released through Xlibris his newest book The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book 1901-1954.

The title says it all, this is the ultimate Philadelphia A’s reference book with over one thousand two hundred bios of virtually every person, player, coach, and manager who ever wore an A’s uniform and/or appeared in a A’s box score as well as those of numerous support personnel, farm system players—some who came close to making it to the major and some who didn’t. It also includes a complete season-by-season rundown, key trades, league leaders and honors, the everyday players, plus all kinds of other interesting information about this legendary baseball club. This book is also loaded with pictures, many of them never published before.

The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book 1901-1954 is also Taylor’s homage to Messrs. Speed Johnson and John Carmichael, authors of Who’s Who in the Major Leagues for close to two decades. As with his first book, he writes about the lesser players, guys who got a short look—maybe one game, maybe just an invitation to spring training, maybe even a transient one as they were traded from one team to the A’s and then shipped off to another before ever pulling on a Philadelphia uniform—as well as the twenty A’s icons now residing in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

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About the Author
Henry Roth (Ted) Taylor, a lifelong baseball fan, was the founding president of The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society (1996–99), an educational foundation that was formed in 1995 to honor the memory and accomplishments of Philadelphia’s American League baseball team (1901–54). Widely regarded as an authority on baseball cards and memorabilia, he served as an “expert witness” in the 1979 Federal Anti-Trust suit in U.S. District Court (Fleer vs. Topps). He wrote a “Collectors Corner” column in The Philadelphia Daily News for twelve years and was also a columnist for Sports Collectors Digest. Ted has had three other baseball-related books published. He often served as host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Collectibles Hour on Sports By-Line USA, and appeared as a baseball expert on national and local TV. The author is Managing Partner of STAT Authentic LLC, Abington PA.

In addition to his three published sports books, Taylor also wrote a best-selling cookbook with Jimmy Rubino Jr. Ralph’s Restaurant—100 Years and 100 Recipes. He is married, the father of four and grandfather of four, and lives with his wife Cindy in Abington, PA—and slips off to his Wildwood Crest, NJ, retreat whenever and as often as he can.

The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book 1901–1954 * by Ted Taylor
Publication Date: February 10, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 457 pages; 978-1-4500-2571-3
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 457 pages; 978-1-4500-2572-0

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. Tear sheets may be sent by regular or electronic mail to Marketing Services. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876. For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at

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