When I was younger, one of my favorite books was the Baseball Encyclopedia, with its comprehensive data sets of players, games and transactions. I used it as the primary data reference for my Master’s Thesis on the economics of free agency in professional baseball.
I just discovered this golfer’s version in browsing through Amazon. From the publisher’s description:
The first and only comprehensive reference of statistics and biographical information on the last fifty years of golf. The USA TODAY Golfer’s Encyclopedia is an exhaustively researched statistical and biographical reference on professional golfers and their performances over the past fifty years. Including all golfers who have had a minimum of 20 starts on the PGA tour since 1958, this book is the first of its kind and an invaluable reference for golf fans and golf writers alike. Also included are special sections on the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship.
It’s on my wish list.