Thanks, Mark

First, once again thanks to everyone who read both Ultimate Garage 3.0 posts. Wednesday and Thursday had the best two-day total for views/visitors in quite some time.

Second, thanks to Mark who writes autobookblog, which every car fan should read. His most recent post about The Genuine Corvette Black Book was the push I needed to finally order a new copy. (Mark, unlike me, has a real job so he doesn’t post every day.)



Now I can update my Corvette data spreadsheet all the way through the first year of the C8. I can also discover that C7 production peaked in 2016, the year of my car, with 40,689 units including 13,275 Z06 models.

The book underneath the Black Book and the book shown below are the two most valuable books I have. I don’t mean in monetary value, but in how much I value them.



While The American Auto (shown in the top photo) has been updated in the past five years or so, the bottom book has not been updated for almost 15 years. Sadly, I suspect it will never be updated again.

Of course, 20 years ago I would have considered these two books to be my most valuable.



The 1983 Abstract was the book that planted the seed–hell, it planted a whole tree–that I could make a living in baseball statistics. The Historical Abstract might still be the book with which I have spent the most time.

Some people in my life still cannot comprehend the extent to which I have disengaged from baseball. While I think that peoples’ basic nature doesn’t change too much, if at all, after about the age of 25, I do think that a person’s priorities and interests can change.

I really do not follow baseball at all, anymore. The only thing I care about the sport/industry is that my pension is deposited in the correct account once a month. If one were to show me the boxscores for a typical day in the majors, I would probably only be able to recognize 5%-10% of the players. What’s more, I don’t care.

In general, I have less interest in sports than at any time since I “discovered” them at age 8 or 9. It’s what the people close to me do that matters now, not what some strangers do just because they’re wearing a certain uniform.

Have a great weekend.






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5 thoughts on “Thanks, Mark

  1. You’re welcome sir.
    The American Auto is one I have in the stack of books to be re-read for the purpose of review. When I’ll get to it… I guess I’ll see.
    I appreciate when a publisher updates a book like the Corvette Black Book. I understand that there’s a lot of resources needed even to update an existing book, and frankly, I’m not sure publishers always see the benefit to spending those resources. I’m sure the answer is buried in some cost-benefit analysis.


  2. I am finding myself losing interest in my chosen profession, due to the lack of intellectual curiosity among practitioners, be they your average family doctor up to the occupants of the ivory towers of academia. Group think and “kill the messenger” mentality is disheartening, but also leads to patients actually dying.
    Baseball is a little less great as a result of your absence.


    1. Thanks for the kind words regarding my departure from baseball, but it doesn’t miss me, either. “Group think” led the industry to only choose a very specific kind of person for analytical work, which left me out in the cold despite my 20+ year record of contributions.

      Narrow-mindedness and dogmatic thinking will be the ruination of the world. In a post I am going to write this weekend about it being “Open Season On Jews” I am going to remark that while I am compelled to speak, I feel that neither I nor anyone else can really change the situation and that’s why Israel’s existence has never been as important.


  3. One of my most read books is Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets, first published in 1984. It has some interesting theories on performance (at that time, pre electronics) that still work today. I have since purchased his other three books, just to learn more about him. Entertaining reading to say the least.


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