JOHN A. MERCURIO
CHRONOLOGY BASEBALL RECORDS by JOHN A. MERCURIO
Anyone who loves baseball is being cheated by not reading the works of John A. Mercurio, works which are the fruit of a 35-year-long love affair with the grand American pastime we call, “Baseball.”
In 1980, John Mercurio – a life-long player, fan and lover of the game of baseball – got curious. He wanted to know who had more records between Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. He thought he could get the answer from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, but Cooperstown told him this information did not exist. The Hall of Fame suggested that he do the research, and so he did. After five years of research, Mercurio became the only person in the world who knew the exact number of baseball records Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb held.
John’s love for baseball and his desire to find out who had more records between Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb took five years of research. It took him another four years to find a publisher willing to publish his book entitled, “A Chronology Of Major League Baseball Records: 1876-Present.” That publisher was Harper & Row, who now go by the name of Harper Collins, and the book was a tremendous success for an unknown writer.
But Mercurio did not stop there. He went on to research the individual player records of all 30 major league teams using his now famous “Chronology Concept”; posting all the season and career major league records in batting, pitching and fielding. Prior to John’s research, no one had ever posted records in chronological order, and he remains to this day, “The Professor Of Chronology Research.”
By placing records in chronological order, Mercurio’s books became the only baseball record books which never eliminate a record. Typical record books eliminate old records when new ones are created. This is unfair to the great players of the past and makes baseball history incomplete. John Mercurio’s books preserve baseball history and are the only record books which are truly complete and comprehensive, as no player’s records are ever eliminated from its pages.
Baseball began with 8 teams and now has 30. Initially, most games were played during the day. Now most are played at night. In the beginning it was travel by horse and buggy and train. Now it’s by jets and private planes.
The changes in the game have been so many that the only things that have not changed are three outs to an inning, nine innings to a game and bases 90 feet apart.
Now, because one man dedicated more than 35 years of his life to researching and meticulously recording records of the games, the great players of the past and those who play today and tomorrow will always live on in our memories.
His work honors the timelessness of our national pastime…marks the culmination of almost a half century of inspired research and profoundly good work…We invite you to be a part of this unfolding continuous and continual legacy...John Mercurio on Baseball…Records Matter!…Records, not “Stats.” Because Records honor not numbers; but the Person who created them…
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