16 March 2012 by Published in: Research and Writing 4 comments

Here is the final cover art for You Stink: Major League Baseball’s Terrible Teams and Pathetic Players, the baseball book that I’ve written with Michael Aubrecht. The image on the cover is a classic Norman Rockwell painting titled “The Dugout”, which depicts the 1949 Chicago Cubs. The batboy’s expression says most of what needs to be said, but the looks on the faces of the players in the dugout truly depict what we were trying to accomplish with this book. I’m tickled that the Kent State University Press decided to take our recommendation that that image grace the cover of our book.

Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic, who wrote the foreword to our book, said it best: “This is why we are baseball fans. Of course, we want to be champions but sometimes the hope from the eternal loser is stronger and more real than celebration of the perennial winners. So sit back and enjoy this celebration of the “most neglected topic in the annals of baseball history” and remember—it could be worse . . . you could be a Cubbies fan.”

The best news of all: the book went to the printer today!

Thirty-eight years after I came up with the idea for this book, it’s finally coming to fruition. I couldn’t be more excited. Pre-orders for signed copies will now be accepted. The cost is $24.95 per copy, with $3.95 shipping and handling. It’s $1.00 per copy in additional shipping and handling for those who order multiple copies.

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  1. Chris Lynch
    Sat 17th Mar 2012 at 9:20 am

    Fantastic!! I would expect the cover alone to give at least a slight lift to sales…kudos!!

  2. Dennis
    Sun 18th Mar 2012 at 6:06 am

    Ouch! As a lifelong Pirate fan, this really hurts!

    Won’t stop me from ordering a copy……but it really hurts!


  3. John Foskett
    Mon 19th Mar 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I’m assuming that this includes the ’62 Mets of 40-120 fame. Which interests me only because as a very young Dodgers fan I got to see the Men in Blie go 16-2 against that team (including several poundings, Maury Wills hitting 2 HR in one game, etc.) and formed the delusion that the Didgers were a hitting machine. That may have been the slowest, oldest, most unathletic, and dumbest team in history. This one’s on the list, in any event.

  4. Ted
    Sat 24th Mar 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hi guys,

    Happy to see this in print, and I hope it does well for you.

    (Which of these piss poor teams attacked or defended Little Round Top? I forget . . .)

    Good luck!


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