HISTORY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL
player stats--baseball timeline--baseball history
"As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by how an athlete competes while under duress; reacts when the crowd’s screaming at the top of their lungs; how a ballplayer performs when the game’s at stake; when the championship is on the line; when the count is full with the bags loaded in a game that’s all tied up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth -- how a single choice that someone makes can alter not only the career and course of their own life, but that of others as well." -- The Existential Ballplayer
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL
CALIFORNIA BASEBALL HISTORY COLLEGE - SEMI-PRO - PRO
northerncaliforniabaseball.com is an ongoing website providing a foundation or framework for a more extensive history of California baseball played in the northern part of the state. Unlike books, magazines, newspaper articles, and other printed matter, the site has the flexibility to enable additions, changes, and corrections. A general overall history can be gained quickly at one site by clicking the highlighted buttons which will lead to stats, biographies, memorabilia, and commentary pertaining to college, semi-pro, and professional baseball that was played from the game's earliest beginnings. The Existential Ballplayer, a baseball novel, goes beyond statistics and chronicles the humanistic journey of a Northern California ballplayer and the roadblocks faced during his quest to become a professional.
Sources, or the content of NCB, are mostly from the archives of public libraries, documented on microfilm or digital from Newspapers.com, baseball-reference.com, college and university websites, Jay-Dell Mah's Western Canada Baseball, goodoldsandlotdays.com, and other published matter including Official Baseball Annuals printed by the National Baseball Congress. The contents of NCB are as accurate as a history can be, based on official publications while some content is of the first-hand nature. Several pages remain under construction pending further research.
"The most difficult task in all of sport is to strike a round hardball squarely and with authority using a rounded club, especially when the ball is traveling 90-plus miles per hour, all-the-while dipping, sinking, cutting or sailing; not to mention trying to hit a curveball, slider, splitter, spitter, knuckler, change-up, forkball, screwball or God only knows what else, and if that weren't enough, there's the fear factor, conscious or subconscious, of the brush-back, high-and-tight-one, or the dreaded beanball, whether intentional or not, that can bruise, break a bone, or even kill you. Ah yes, baseball, the non-contact sport -- good for the soul but tough on the body." -- The Existential Ballplayer.