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David Nemec (born 1938) is an American baseball historian, novelist and playwright.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Nemec spent most of his adolescence in Bay Village, Ohio, and earned a BA in English from Ohio State University in 1960. After serving in the army, he taught and coached in Cleveland public schools while working on a novel about the Sam Sheppard murder case, which occurred in his hometown of Bay Village. Sheppard had been Nemec’s family physician prior to his 1954 conviction for his wife’s slaying, which was later overturned.

Nemec moved to New York City with his first wife, the visual artist Vernita Nemec (aka Vernita N’Cognita) in 1965. During the late '60s Nemec won a Transatlantic Review award for his first published story, "On the Produce Dock."

Throughout the 1970s Nemec worked as a parole officer in the Youthful Offender Bureau with the New York State Division of Parole while he continued to publish stories, two of which gained citations in The Best American Short Stories. The parole experience later provided the backdrop for Nemec’s second novel, Mad Blood, based loosely on the 1963 Wylie-Hoffert murder case.

In August 1973, Nemec was awarded the first of several residencies he was to spend at Yaddo, the artists’ and writers’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. Following his second Yaddo stay in 1975, Nemec drew on his knowledge of baseball history to create The Absolutely Most Challenging Baseball Quiz Book, Ever (Macmillan, 1977), the first in a series of popular Nemec baseball quiz books.

Toward the end of the 1970s, Nemec returned to fiction, publishing his first novel, Bright Lights, Dark Rooms. He has since published five more novels, among them The Systems of M. R. Shurnas.

During the 1990s, Nemec expanded on the research he had done for his historical baseball novel, Early Dreams, to become a scholar on baseball’s infancy as a professional sport. Since 1987, Nemec has authored or co-authored over 20 books on baseball, many focusing on the game’s embryonic years. In 1994, Lyons & Burford published The Rules of Baseball, Nemec’s anecdotal look at the evolution of the rules of the game. The following year the same publisher brought out his The Beer and Whisky League, a history of the American Association during its ten-year existence (1882—1891) as a rebel major league. In 1997, Donald I. Fine Books published Nemec’s The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Major League Baseball. His forthcoming book, Baseball Bios: the Early Years: 1871-1900, is scheduled for publication in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Press.

Nemec has received The Sporting News Research Award, playwrighting grants from The Impossible Ragtime Theater and the Huntington Playhouse, fellowships in creative writing and numerous residency fellowships at the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Edward Albee Foundation. He has taught writing at the College of Marin, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery and prisons in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nemec is a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. His work has appeared in Survival Prose, Twilight Zone, Crimes of 20th Century, Baseball and the Game of Life, A History of Baseball in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Four Dynasties of the New York Yankees, Working Artist, and Contemporary Authors.

He currently lives in Eastport, New York with his wife, the teacher and author Marilyn Foster, and is the stepfather of the film and TV actress Kat Foster.

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Total Books: 75
Forfeits and Successfully Protested Games in Major League Baseball A Complete Record 1871-2013
The Rank and File of 19th Century Major League Baseball Biographies of 1084 Players Owners Managers and Umpires
Great Baseball Feats Facts  Firsts
2011 - Great Baseball Feats Facts Firsts [2011 Edition - Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Firsts] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451232960
ISBN-10: 0451232968
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Great Baseball Feats Facts    Firsts
2010 - Great Baseball Feats Facts Firsts [2010 Edition - Great Baseball Feats, Facts & Firsts] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451229557
ISBN-10: 045122955X
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Great Baseball Feats Facts and Firsts
2009 - Great Baseball Feats Facts and Firsts [2009 Edition - Great Baseball Feats, Facts & Firsts] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451226570
ISBN-10: 0451226577
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors
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This Day in Baseball A Day-by-Day Record of the Events That Shaped the Game
2008 - This Day in Baseball a Day-by-day Record of the Events That Shaped the Game (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781589793804
ISBN-10: 1589793803
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Baseball Chronicle 2008
2008 - Baseball Chronicle 2008 [Chronicle] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781412716666
ISBN-10: 1412716667
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The Ultimate St Louis Cardinals Baseball Challenge
2008 - The Ultimate St Louis Cardinals Baseball Challenge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781589793491
ISBN-10: 1589793498
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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The Ultimate Boston Red Sox Baseball Challenge
2008 - The Ultimate Boston Red Sox Baseball Challenge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781589793750
ISBN-10: 1589793757
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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The Ultimate Chicago Cubs Baseball Challenge
2007 - The Ultimate Chicago Cubs Baseball Challenge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781589793279
ISBN-10: 1589793277
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The Ultimate New York Yankees Baseball Challenge
2007 - The Ultimate New York Yankees Baseball Challenge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781589793286
ISBN-10: 1589793285
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Major League Baseball
2006 - The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-century Major League Baseball (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780817314996
ISBN-10: 0817314997
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated
2006 - The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781592288441
ISBN-10: 1592288448
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Baseball Rookies Encyclopedia The Most Authoritative Guide to Baseball's First-Year Players
Great Baseball Feats Facts and Firsts  2004 Edition
2004 - Great Baseball Feats Facts and Firsts 2004 Edition [Great Baseball Feats, Facts Firsts] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451212597
ISBN-10: 0451212592
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors
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The Beer and Whisky League  The Illustrated History of the American Association--Baseball's Renegade Major League
Great Baseball Feats Facts  Firsts
2003 - Great Baseball Feats Facts Firsts [2003 - Great Baseball Feats, Facts Firsts] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451209061
ISBN-10: 0451209060
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Cooperstown Hall Of Fame Players
2002 - Cooperstown Hall of Fame Players (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780785380665
ISBN-10: 0785380663
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Great Baseball Facts Feats and First 2001 Edition
2001 - Great Baseball Facts Feats and First 2001 Edition [Great Baseball Feats, Facts & Firsts] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451204042
ISBN-10: 0451204042
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Great Baseball Feats Facts and Firsts2000
2000 - Great Baseball Feats Facts and Firsts2000 [Great Baseball Feats, Facts Firsts] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451200846
ISBN-10: 0451200845
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Baseball Chronology
2000 - Baseball Chronology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785339601
ISBN-10: 0785339604
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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1997 - Great Baseball Feats Facts Firsts [Great Baseball Feats, Facts & Firsts] (Paperback)Paperback