“The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball”

July 20, 2005
Santa Paula News
After selling 6,000 copies of the award-winning “The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball,” Jonathan Fraser Light, a senior partner with Ventura County ‘s largest law firm, Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton, has authored a second edition of the hit baseball reference book, the largest of its kind ever written. Published by McFarland, the latest hardcover edition is now available and includes 119 photographs and illustrations, totaling more than 1,100 pages. “Baseball fans love facts about America ‘s favorite pastime, but often can only find numerical stats instead of great quotes, historical anecdotes and little-known stories behind the numbers,” Light says. “I was thrilled with the success of the first edition, so I’ve added another 250 pages of stories and a full update of the past eight seasons.” Winner of the Sporting News baseball research award and a Booklist Editor’s Choice award, the tome covers the cultural aspects of baseball as it relates to such far-reaching topics as advertising, agents, drafts, illegal substances, minor leagues, oldest players, perfect games, retired uniform numbers, superstitions, tripleheaders and youngest players. The new edition contains tens of thousands of entries, as well as bios of all Hall of Fame players, owners, executives and umpires. Complete team histories include key broadcasters, ballparks, nickname origins, greatest managers and players, and seasonal highlights.In addition to penning the nationally acclaimed and award-winning book, Light has more than 23 years of experience in the field of employment law. Honored as one of Los Angeles Magazine ‘s “California Super Lawyers,” he has twice been selected for Pacific Coast Business Times’ “Who’s Who in Professional Services.” As a senior partner at Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton, he consults with more than 200 companies throughout California on their day-to-day employment law needs and is experienced in jury trials involving wrongful termination, sex harassment, race discrimination and other employment-related matters. Light is a frequent lecturer and is a board member for the Ventura County Bar Association and the Discovery Center . He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. For more information, visit www.nchc.com . To purchase “The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball, Second Edition,” visit www.mcfarlandpub.com or contact Light directly at jlight@nchc.com.

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