Thursday, March 26, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

New look for local man’s terrific baseball book

BruceGallaudetW

By
From page B1 | May 24, 2013 |

Readers of this corner of the newspaper know the story of Davis computer software salesman Joe Taxiera and his baseball hobby turned serious pursuit.

Taxiera, a lifelong Giants fan, always wondered how the National Pastime’s great players of different eras stacked up against each other.

He knew guys like Hall of Famer Ty Cobb were great. But what if Cobb played with improved equipment, a livelier ball … better travel and nutrition?

Then again, what if Cobb played against today’s 100 mph pitchers and their bodyguards (specialized closers), in an era when base stealing is no long an art but a crapshoot?

Heck, the choleric Cobb probably wouldn’t have survived the myriad lights of the 21st century’s social media.

In his book, Taxiera studies equipment, trends, team strength, players and the evolution of how those players have been used. He’s wondered about the impact of the steroids era and how different ballparks affected hometown heroes: to wit, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams …

Would the right-handed Yankee Clipper as a member of the Red Sox have been the greatest hitter of all time? Would lefty Williams, hammering away at the short right-field porch in Yankee Stadium surpassed Babe Ruth’s home run total?

If countries could have just gotten along, Williams wouldn’t have lost five seasons to military service and probably would have challenged the Bambino anyway.

Taxiera’s hobby-turned-really-cool book is titled “A Unique Look at Big League Baseball.”

It’s the subject here again because, well, it continues to grow in stature, is more easily available, has been improved with different binding (the ring-bound version is kaput), lots more color and pages of new features.

The book, printed in semi-annual editions, is a favorite purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and has been a staple of almost 20 Major League Baseball announcing teams (the Giants were the first to rely on it for on-air fast facts and trivia).

When the first version came out in 2010, it was being printed on Taxiera’s home copier. Today, “A Unique Look …” is available at The Avid Reader, Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, iTunes, Lulu.com and from the author himself (www.uniquebaseball.com). Hardcopies retail at $49.99. A PDF version or iTunes download is just short of 10 bucks. Taxiera will provide discounted copies with personalized dedications through his website.

But come June 1 at The Avid Reader, folks can hear Taxiera talk about his tome, learn some very, very interesting facts about the evolution of baseball and get one of those autographed, discounted volumes. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. — just in time for graduation and Father’s Day.

Being a baseball fan, when Taxiera provided me with a first-edition copy almost four years ago, it seriously cut into my beauty sleep. With “A Unique Look …” on my bedstand, I didn’t sleep from July to October.

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, the guide coaxes you into the history, evolution and state of the union of our National Pastime.

What started as a single page of information for a friend in 2000 has become a 400-page analysis of baseball.

Marty Lurie — the Giants pre- and post-game show emcee — swears by Taxiera’s book, chats with him during shows and frequent mentions our Davis author/editor. Much of Lurie’s and the San Francisco broadcast team’s trivia questions are lifted right from “A Unique Look …”

Think you know baseball? Check out Taxiera’s Treasure … You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

While I Have You Here: Our sports section wouldn’t be what it is without the help of contributors from the various high school, youth and club sports teams in Davis.

One such “helper” is Korlyn Gibson of the Davis Youth Softball Association.

Each week for more than two months, Gibson has rounded up coaches’ game recap sheets, editing them for spelling and accuracy then passed them along to The Enterprise for compiling in our DYSA Page each Friday (see B2 today).

Gibson, whose husband “big” Tyler coaches their son “little” Tyler in baseball, also has a softball-playing daughter Katie. Busy as Mom Gibson is, she’s been terrific these past two years and we on the sports staff all thank her.

* Making the leap: On Monday, in Davis’ 12-3 baseball loss, Franklin’s Sean Nicholson was dead at home plate. So, with Blue Devil catcher Hayden Duer a little up the third-base line — waiting with ball — Nicholson went airborne.

Over Duer he went, landing close enough to get a hand on the plate.

After some discussion between arbiters, home plate umpire Tom Ramirez ruled Nicholson safe with the Wildcats’ fourth run of the seven-run, seventh-inning explosion.

One of the players’ dad caught the action on tape (Enterprise photographer Fred Gladdis also vividly caught it for last Tuesday’s paper). Now that 14-second film version had earned almost 400,000 YouTube views by Thursday evening.

While it’s fun to see the play, there’s a couple things to ponder …

1.Duer probably tagged Nicholson on the foot. 2. The National Federation of High Schools rule book (citing rule 8-4-2-b-2) says, “Runners are never required to slide … jumping, hurdling and leaping are all legal attempts to avoid a fielder as long as the fielder is laying on the ground. Diving over a fielder is illegal. The penalty for an infraction? The runner is out, the ball is dead immediately, and interference is called …”

Go watch the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RpXtHWrt-A&feature=player_embedded. You make the call. Duer wasn’t laying on the ground.

Just be happy this game wasn’t 0-0 in the bottom of the seventh.

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected] or 530-747-8047.

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    CSU trustees name new president at Sac State

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

    Stacie Frerichs named Jay Gerber Award recipient

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
    UC Davis lung cancer surgery meets Twitter

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Summit searches for agricultural solutions

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Bob Dunning: Everything has a price, or it should

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit goes to jury

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Police call kidnap a hoax, now can’t find California woman

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Former Davis man gets 9-year term for sword attack

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Police still seeking owners of stolen bikes

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Property-tax penalties kick in after April 10

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Child abuse conference returns to Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Arts Centers offers portrait-drawing class

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Parenting class meets Tuesdays

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Apply for library parcel tax exemption by June 1

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Posthumous video supports aid-in-dying bill

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    State Senate moves on $1 billion water plan

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Forum

    This family seems lost

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Creating the university of the 21st Century

    By LInda Katehi | From Page: A8

    Farmers Market went hog-wild

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Trade deal deserves full scrutiny

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    Novruz should become a holiday

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Sports

    Davis girls thrash Grant on the pitch

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD footballers to face Cal in 2019

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Blue Devil boys look great on the links

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils swimmers find wins against Franklin

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Late surge sends Sheldon softballers past DHS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Youth soccer: Defense carries Davis Dilemma to a third-place finish

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Youth roundup: DART swimmers shine at national championships

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Devil boys win big on the tennis court

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

    Point of Brew: About the beer and bicycling universe

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Arts

    DMTC hosting its sixth annual poker tournament

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ makes for madcap evening

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Max Raabe returns with elegant songs from the ’20s and ’30s

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics