The Baseball Guide, like the game it chronicles, is built on tradition.
Like so many other printed products, The Daily Gazette's Annual Baseball Guide could have gone out of existence, another compendium ceded to the Internet.
When Baseball Digest stopped producing content in 2013, it certainly could have been argued that this collection of stats, rosters, trivia and schedules could have been discontinued after generations.
Could have .. . except readers and advertisers would have none of that. That's why the annual baseball preview has endured, and will be available at The Daily Gazette's offices on Maxon Road Extension on Monday, just in time for Opening Day.
"We have received a number of telephone calls from advertisers and readers asking to do the book," Publisher John J. DeAugustine said. "We will continue doing it. It's a tradition."
A total of 6,000 copies of the 74-page book will be available. Among the features are team rosters, previews and schedules, a section related to the Baseball Hall of Fame on its 75th anniversary, a selection of stats and enough embedded trivia questions to keep any bar busy for several nights.
Here's one: Name the 10 baseball figures, besides Jackie Robinson, to have his number retired by more than one team. As a bonus, name the one player to have his number (two different ones, actually) retired by three teams.
Want the answers?
Pick up the book.