Pennant Race Book Sample

For someone who’s never written a book, trying to get two books out in the same year has proven to be a unique challenge. I have to say I’m grateful that one of them has the structure and support of an established publisher, which provides me with a good bit of guidance as well as a timetable to work from. On the other hand, self-publishing the other volume allows me to stretch out a bit, make more frequent revisions, and eventually get to the book I envisioned 12 months ago.

So, on at least the fourth format revision (who’s counting?), I believe the main section of the pennant race book is now set, and only requires the updating of each season’s data to feed the template. Sometimes time away from a project leads to better solutions, as it did in this case, with some new formulas, improved graphics, and a greater degree of automation. I like the results, and hope that others will as well.

Here’s a quick look, and I’ve also provided an attached file (.pdf) if you wish to download a few seasons and get a feel for what I’m trying to accomplish. In the near future, I’ll have a legend page that will explain all of the charts you see on each page. Trust me, they do make sense if you know what it is you’re seeing!

Much more to come over the next 2-3 months as I try to get the book launched this summer/fall.

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Ken Cherven is the Founder and Curator of the website. He loves to merge baseball data with all sorts of visualization methods - charts, network graphs, maps, etc. to provide greater insight into underlying data patterns. Ken also authors books about baseball and visualization, and loves to listen to jazz while drinking some wine, craft beer, or bourbon.