Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Nemec's latest project brings game's pioneers to life
Nemec's fascination hasn't wavered in the half century since. With more than two dozen books to his name, he's earned a reputation as one of the foremost students of the game's early years. His latest project, a two-volume set entitled Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900, is a collection of biographies of every player, manager, or front office type to play a significant role in the first three decades of professional baseball. Nemec had plenty of help from renowned historians including Peter Morris and John Thorn, though he steered the project from birth through completion and had a hand in most of the writeups.
I had an opportunity to talk with Nemec, who impressed me with his amazing breadth and depth of 19th century baseball lore. Ask him about anyone and he could tell you their story right off the top of his head. My feature on him and MLB Profiles is now available on BaseballAmerica.com.