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181. The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond
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Asin: 1592280838
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
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At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell--"organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of the great, quirky, and comic moments in the annals of baseball recorded in THE GREATEST BASEBALL STORIES EVER TOLD. Here also are profiles of such legendary figures as Joe DiMaggio, Pete Rose, and Yogi Berra, essays that explore the complexities and pleasures of the game, even an excerpt from the movie Bull Durham. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever played so much as a game of catch.

Contributors include:

John Updike
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Abbott & Costello
Ring Lardner
Bill Barich
Zane Grey
David James Duncan
Al Stump
Pete Hamill
P.G. Wodehouse
Damon Runyan
Roy Blount, Jr.
Richard Ben Cramer
Gay Talese
A. Bartlett Giamatti
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great read for baseball fans of all ages
This is a great book if your looking for some short stories (both true and fiction) about the great game of baseball.It is a great collection covering anything from Ripken's drive for the Ironman title, the summer of 98 and the home run kings, lesser known characters like Pistol Pete Reiser and what life was like after baseball for guys named Joe Dimaggio and Ty Cobb among others.

Highly Recommended ... Read more

182. New York City Baseball: The Last Golden Age
by Harvey Frommer
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Catlog: Book (1992-04-01)
Publisher: Harvest/HBJ Book
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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What a time! In the heady days after World War II, a nation was ready for heroes and a great city was eager for entertainment. Baseball provided the heroes, and the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers--with their rivalries, their successes, their stars--provided the show. In those ten years, Casey Stengel and his Bronx Bombers went to the World Series seven times; Joltin' Joe DiMaggio stepped gracefully aside to make room for a young slugger named Mickey Mantle; and the Brooklyn (but not for much longer) Dodgers achieved the impossible by beating the Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Includes rare interviews with Monte Irvin, Rachel Robinson (Jackie's widow), Mel Allen, Duke Snider, Eddie Lopat, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, and New York media figures. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Home town heros
New York City Baseball tells about how the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees dominated the late 40's and early 50's baseball.
I really enjoyed the opening chapters discussing the reasons for the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to the west coast.
It made me feel really in on the move.
The rest of the books talks about the feuds, history and outcomes of the seasons metioned.
Frommer is a gifted writer and it was a pity that the book had to end.
There are some neat photos and I would reccommend this book right up there with Dynasty (about the Yankees).

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ACCOUNT --- Kfitz New York Book Shop
y Harvey Frommer, 1992, 219 pps, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. At one time New York had three major league teams: the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers. What a time! In the days after World War II, some of the most heady times ever in the city, there was one incredible Baseball Decade. From 1946-57 the New York teams owned baseball. Relive the golden days of the 1950s in this amazing account. And loaded with photos and stats that fans love. Here's to you, Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever baseball books read by me!
Don't hesitate to buy this marvelous book. It told with an exact and actually atmosphere everything about NYC baseball... when the Giants were called 'Polo Grounders' and the Dodgers 'Da Bums'. The dramatic move also is well explained.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vivid and evocative.----- PRAIRIE SUN
"The fans and the fanfare, the talented stars and the unique rivalries, atmospheric stories and snappy prose.Vivid and evocative."

5-0 out of 5 stars JUST A WONDER OF A BASEBALL BOOK /signed editions
When the lights came on again after World War II, they illuminated a nation ready for heroes and a city --New York--eager for entertainment. Baseball provided the heroes, and the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers--with their rivalries, their successes, their stars--provided the show. Oisk and Newk, Pee Wee and Skoonj, Ski, Campy, Preacher, Westy, Blacky, Whitey, Yogi, the Yankee Clipper, the Peepul's Cherce, the Old Reliable--New York City Baseball recaptures the golden decade of 1947-1957, when the three New York teams were the uncrowned kings of the city and the very embodiment of the national pastime for much of the U.S. In those ten years, Casey Stengel and his Bronx Bombers went to the World Series seven times; Joltin' Joe DiMaggio stepped gracefully aside to make room for a yong slugger named Mickey Mantle; one Bobby Thomson hit "the shot heard 'round the world"' and the Brooklyn (but not for much longer) Dodgers achieved the impossible by beating the Yankees in the 1955 World Series. ... Read more

183. Girls of Summer: The Real Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
by Lois Browne
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Asin: 0006379028
Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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184. The Final Season: Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark (Honoring a Detroit Legend)
by Tom Stanton
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Where there are ballparks," writes Tom Stanton in The FinalSeason, his wistful meditation on baseball and family, "there are memories... I could never go to Tiger Stadium without feeling the ghosts of historyabout me...." In 1999, the season of that noble ballpark's last stand, Stantonset out to make peace with those ghosts by attending all 81 Tiger home games. Hewasn't sure what he was looking for when he started, but what he finds in theend is much more personal than anything he sees between the foul lines.

Conceived as a game-by-game journal, The Final Season is filled withbaseball. Stanton steps up with graceful musings on the game, the park, theTigers and their history, and, most spiritedly, a pair of living legends--formerright fielder Al Kaline and announcer Ernie Harwell. But it's Stanton's thoughtsabout family--his own family and how the game and the ballpark have connectedgenerations--that truly resonate. In his prose, this lovely old rust bucket of aballpark, this repository of so many memories, becomes metaphor.

Fittingly, Stanton takes his father to the final game. "I've noticed somethingtoday," he writes of the experience. "It's not the seventy- and eighty-year-oldmen who are wiping their eyes. It's the generation that came after them. Andwe're hurting not only for the loss of this beautiful place, but for the loss ofour fathers and grandfathers--belatedly or prematurely. The closing of this parkforces us to confront their mortality, and when we confront their mortality wemust confront our own.... A little bit of us dies when something like this,something so tied to our lives, disappears." --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Final Season is a must read for any baseball fan
I purchased this book after meeting the author at Cooperstown. I have read this book 3 times and is one of the best baseball books I have ever read. Could not put it down. A true treasure.

If you buy one baseball book make it this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous, heartfelt book
Tom Stanton has a talent for combining great baseball tales with personal reflections.This book is an elegy for a great stadium, but also a journey with family.Unlike other sports books, the author himself and his family become an integral part of the story.

A great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book About A Great Ballpark, And Much More
As a child growing up in the Detroit area, Tom Stanton dreamed about attending every home game of his beloved Tigers. When the dreaded news game that 1999 would be the team's final season in historic Tiger stadium, he decided to make that dream come true. What emerged was much more than just a game-by-game chronicle of what was, on the field anyway, a rather dreary season.

This book celebrates the stadium as a place that spanned the generations for countless players and fans. It's about the traditions that tie family and friends together; it's about life, love, loss...all the things in life that truly matter. You'll share this season with Tom, his aging father, and a cast of wonderful people he encounters during that summer, including Al Kaline, Ernie Harwell, Alice Cooper, Al the Usher and dozens more.

"The Final Season" won an award as best baseball book of the year. I hope you'll open these pages and learn why.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reinforces my love for Tiger Stadium
I attended dozens of ballgames at Tiger Stadium, mostly in the late 70s and early 80s. I saw my first ever major league game at Tiger Stadium in 1972, with my father and grandfather (the first and likely the only time I will have attended a ballgame with three generations of family represented) and was instantly in awe of the place. It struck me as being an enchanting world unto itself.
Tom Stanton's book captures brilliantly the atmosphere of this grand old ballpark-- the people who worked and played there, the eccentric, asymmetrical features of the field and the stadium, the crumbling neighborhood around Michigan and Trumble, and the eternal voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell. Mr. Stanton cares a lot about the game of baseball, the Tigers, and the Stadium; he is also quite conscious of the value that baseball, and attending games, can have on members of a family. The book holds recollections that are sometimes joyous, sometimes melancholy and bittersweet; I am certain that Mr. Stanton has portrayed his own family story as it relates to Tiger Stadium with honesty and compassion.
Anyone who ever had a chance to see a game at the ballpark will want to read this book. Those of us who spent many happy hours at Tiger Stadium really miss the place. Mr. Stanton's book helps to keep its memories alive.

5-0 out of 5 stars the final season
My son, my husband and I read this book over the weekend, mostly aloud, as part of a school joint project.It was recommended by someone at the bookstore.He is 14 and a true lover of baseball, as is his father. He generally is not a big reader, but all of us enjoyed this book tremendously. Each of us on different levels, and for different reasons. I found it enlightening as a mom, not quite getting the whole baseball thing completely. My husband and son really enjoyed the
accounts of the game and the baseball history.I thought the writing was easy to read, and the reminiscing about his dad and family related to Tiger Stadium and baseball very touching and insightful.I hope to read it again, by myself.It was a great book! ... Read more

185. Baseball Anecdotes RI
by Daniel Okrent
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Asin: 0062732064
Catlog: Book (1993-02-17)
Publisher: HarperResource
Sales Rank: 285902
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A lavish feast of baseball facts and legends from the earlier organized games through the present day. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Great book for baseball fans on the east coast
This book does a great job of telling stories about Yankees, Red Socks, and the Yankees.

This book has a lot of history and, unfortunately, a lot of actual quotes (profanity and all)!Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, I just can't let my son read it.

There was more listed in the book about Steinbrenner's early years as the Yankees' owner than the decade of the Big Red Machine and the oldest professional baseball team combined.I admit that I am a Reds' fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun stories from the national pastime
Here is a treasury of great stories from the game of baseball. Collected and ordered from the 1800's down to today. You see some of the great characters from the game, and a look back to simpler times. Some very amusing stories are sure to keep you interested.

2-0 out of 5 stars Semi-Interesting Anecdotes, Not-So-Crisply Told
This is not a bad book: It's just very sluggisly paced without much style. In the hands of real sportswriters it could have been a gas. The authors are far too reverential: Cooperstown to them is some kind of holy shrine,and anyone with even a smidgen of skepticism is an Unbeliever. Hey, it'salready late 1998. Why write like it's 1958?

4-0 out of 5 stars The PBS Series Without Photos
For those of us who love the history of baseball as much as the game itself, this is a, "must get".

I found all the anecdotes from the PBS Ken Burns documentary "Baseball" here plus a bunch thatdidn't make it.(You may recall, that Daniel Okrent was heavily featuredin the PBS series)

The only missing element that would cause me to bumpmy ratings to 5 stars would be(you guessed it) photos.

With theunearthing of Charles Conlon's negatives they would have a trove of other18,000 images to choose from - most of which have yet to be published inthis half of the century. (Only a fraction of these incredible images madeit into the Abram's book, "The Golden Age of Baseball")

Ofcourse, this would drive the cost of the book up and possibly detract fromthe wonderful stories here - I wonder out loud if it isn't perfect just theway it is...

Never the less, you will be all the poorer if this book innot in your baseball library, photos or not!


5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Baseball Book you can find
This book is truly the best historical baseball book you could possibly read, in my opinion not intended to be read cronologically but rather reading the anecdotes whenever you feel like it, it's funny, charismatic and it would make an incredible gift for the true baseball fan, it's for kids, adults, seniors and everyone who really apprecciates baseball like I do ... Read more

186. Baseball Fathers, Baseball Sons: From Orator Jim to Cal, Barry, and Ken--Every One a Player
by Larry Ekin
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Catlog: Book (1992-08-01)
Publisher: Betterway Books
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The author has collected more than 100 examples of fathers and their sons who placed professional baseball. Their playing records and even the baseball cards are included. ... Read more

187. Eddie Mathews and the National Pastime
by Eddie Mathews, Bob Buege
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Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
Publisher: Douglas American Sports Publications
Sales Rank: 425970
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of baseball's best bios
I now have nearly 1,000 books in my baseball library, so I've read my share of ballplayer biographies and autobiographies.

Mathews has a reputation of being somewhat hard-nosed and unlikeable, but it hardly comes across here. He's forthright and honest in telling tales of both his positive exploits and negative habits. I came away with a higher regard for Eddie, who unfortunately remains baseball's most invisible 500-homer man.

If you grew up with baseball in the 50's-60's, you could do far, far worse than reading this one. I also recommend John Roseboro's autobiography for fans of this era.

5-0 out of 5 stars UNFORGETTABLE
I'm only 44 years old, yet fondest memories when growing up on the northwest side of Milwaukee were going to Braves games at County Stadium their last two years (1964-65) prior to moving south to Atlanta. Eddie Mathews was the idol of every eight or nine-year old in Milwaukee who had any interest in the game of baseball. I knew back then he was a hit with the fans (while not necessarialy so with the press), and this book reinforced my memories. Two sports memories that flash in mind daily involve Eddie Mathews. The first involving a game I attended at County Stadium in 1965 with the score tied in the ninth inning and two runners on with two out and Mathews stepping up to the plate. There as an eight-year old, I said to myself he is going to win this with a three-run homer. One pitch later, he did just that! The other involved his last game ever when he played third base in the 4th game of the 1968 World Series and went 1 for 3 against Bob Gibson (almost 2 for 3 had he been five more feet to the left of the right field foul pole when he knocked a Gibson fast ball over the right field roof of Tiger Stadium). This book is beautiful -- an absolute must for those having vivid memories of the Milwaukee Braves as I have. Word of caution: the book is highly addictive and the reader will find it to be nearly impossible to put it down. A true sports classic written on a classy, frank, and honest human being. Eddie Mathews with his book is indeed "UNFORGETTABLE"!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Eddie Mathews
It was over 5 years ago that I met Eddie Mathews at a local restuaurant in Santa Barbara, California. I had heard so many stories about Eddie and how tough he was, but when he invited me to sit at his table and talk about the old families that he knew and I grew up with, it was a wonderful 4 hours of memories. This book tells of the Real Eddie Mathews and his love for the game of baseball and of course the Brave fans that were so supportive of the team! I enjoyed every minute reading the book and it was well followed in the sequence of his career. Eddie Mathews is what baseball is all about, a kid who wanted to win and be the best he could be in the Major leagues! I asked my cousin, Ted Williams of the Bo Sox if he knew of Eddie Mathews? Ted was very complementary about Eddie and said, " they ( Management ) knew he was going to hit 500 home runs for the Braves orgainztion and he did just that." On February 18th 2001 Eddie Mathews was laid to rest. The Baseball World Lost A True Baseball Player of the Game. Beleive me, " Only a handful like Eddie Mathews " This book is a fine tribute to the life Eddie Mathews in the National Pastime. Signed, MAHerrera

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT READING

5-0 out of 5 stars A Frank and Entertaining Biography of a Great Homerun Hitter
This thoroughly enjoyable book - a must for any Milwaukee Braves fan - recalls a simpler time when baseball was pure fun and its heroes a bit more like you and I.

A solid-fielding third baseman and one of baseball's fiercest sluggers with his bat or fists, Mathews writes matter-of-factly, but with a wealth of baseball details and colorful anecdotes, about his extraordinary career as a player, coach, manager, and scout.

Inducted into The Hall of Fame in 1978, he hit 512 career homers, more than any other third baseman in history until Mike Schmidt. In the book Mathews reveals that after a year in which he smashed 47 homers and hit .302 with135 rbi's, Braves management offered him a $3,000 raise - to $17,000 per year!

He also describes Milwaukee's 1957 World Championship year, including the heroics of Bob "Hurricane" Hazel, the ultimate kid-who-came-outta-nowhere story.

With Hank Aaron Mathews formed the most powerful one-two punch in major league history, their 863 combined homeruns as teammates still a record. He speaks of his friendship and respect for Aaron and remembers the game's wild and wooly "golden age" - a time of beanball wars, brawling on and off the field, hard-drinking, and good times.

He comes across as a modest, down-to-earth former athlete, looking back fondly, and with only a few regrets, to his fun-filled days in the big leagues. ... Read more

188. What Baseball Means to Me : A Celebration of Our National Pastime
by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Curt Smith
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Asin: 0446527491
Catlog: Book (2002-05-06)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 472081
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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This extraordinary book, which is fully endorsed by the Baseball Hall of Fame, features never-before-published essays by America's best-known baseball lovers. These celebrities write about how they became fans, what magical moments they remember best, and what the game truly represents to us all. WHAT BASEBALL MEANS TO ME features more than 150 contributors, including commentary from such notables as Ted Williams, Tim Russert, John Updike, George Bush, Dave Barry, David Maraniss, Cardinal Edward Egan, Lisa Fernandez, Vin Scully, Ann Richards, Hugh Sidey, Bob Uecker, Dan Rather, and many more.

WHAT BASEBALL MEANS TO ME is fully endorsed by the National Baseball Hall of Fame of Cooperstown, N.Y. The Hall of Fame stands as the definitive repository of the game's treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete.

It is beautifully illustrated with photos and artwork from the Hall of Fame's unique archives accompanying each essay. Each page will highlight a special part of our National Pastime. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An okay book but given the subject it should have been great
The best advice I can give you for reading "What Baseball Means to Me: A Celebration of Our National Pastime" from cover to cover is based on the same principle by which you should never leave a baseball game earlier. You might see something worth remembering. This is certainly the case with this book, which is edited by Curt Smith because the idea that this is a collection of "essays" is a definite misnomer. What happened was that 150 people, from former and current baseball plays like Phil Rizutto and Pedro Martinez, along with writers, politicians, presidents, and other types of celebrities were asked to provide responses to the statement "what baseball means to me." In the case of coach Mike Ditka and writer Elmore Leonard that means a slight paragraph, while David E. Birney and Dan LeBatard provide poems, and Doris Kearns Goodwin compares and contrasts her early love affair with the Brooklyn Dodgers and her current affection for the Boston Red Sox for several pages. These responses are accompanied by more than 200 photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame (whose seal of approval appears on the cover).

Ultimately it is supposed to be the stories told about the love of baseball that matters and not the identity of the person writing the response, but the book works against that goal. I get the sense that "What Baseball Means to Me" was compiled rather than edited. The responses are arranged alphabetically rather than thematically, so George Bush is followed by George W. Bush. This is not a coffee table book that you sit down and read cover to cover; a series of symbolic rain delays are probably helpful in getting through all the responses. I would have liked the book a lot more if there had been a more logical pattern of organization beyond the alphabet. Instead of being engrossed in this volume I was constantly distracted by entries that were not worthy of inclusion. When I got to Bob Costas and found a brief series of sentences separated by ellipses, I knew this book was in trouble. However, at the end of the alphabetical rainbow are Bob Uecker and Ted Williams, so hang in there.

Still, everybody who loves the game should find a couple of choice gems within these pages if they take the time to mine them out from the rest. My choice memory from the past was called forth by a photograph of Mel Stottlemyre sliding home to complete an insider-the-park grand slam home run at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 1965. That was the year I started watching baseball and had decided I was a Yankee fan (I liked New York as a state and the Yankees in the Civil War), and I remember watching that game on television and them showing the play over and over because the announcers could not get over the fact that this had just been done by a pitcher (Mel hit that big gap in deep left center, way beyond the monuments). So there are things here to touch upon your love of the game, but we still cannot help but feel disappointed that this book is not as great as it should have been.

5-0 out of 5 stars What Baseball Means To Me
Curt Smith is right on the money with this wonderful book. It made me cry in parts because the passion that so many of the writers have for the game of baseball is that same passion that is in all of us for something we truly love. The choice of people was very timely. There were people I knew, and others I didn't know, but I enjoyed reading every one of their essays. This book would be a great Father's Day gift. It's one of those books that you see and think is beautifully done, but once you start reading, you can't put it down. A real treasure. I'll keep it on my coffee table for a long time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing...
...but most of all a little boring. actually, a lot boring. I get enough of Dan Rather and Dave Barry to care what they think about baseball. If the author posed specific questions, then it might have been interesting. This book does not at all go to the Heart of the game.Very disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book about a wonderful subject
This is one of the most beautiful books I've seen in a long time. The stories are not about being celebrities, but about baseball and how it gets hold of you and never lets go. Theirs are not stories of being famous, but of being Americans with a common love of The Game. If you love baseball or know someone who does, get this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Insipid
Don 't disappoint Dad. Please, let's pull the plug, finally and forever and for good, on books like this. Just because one is a "celebrity" or expert in one field doesn't mean they have much of value to say about a subject, something this book proves over and over again with thoroughly unmemorable passages written by the most annoying talking heads one can imagine. Most essays reveal more ignorance than real insight, and the treacly predominates. Interesting as a document of why people should never write about a subject outside of their area of expertise, but otherwise one of the more forgettable compilations of writing on baseball ever put together. ... Read more

189. Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams
by Ed Linn
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Asin: 0156000911
Catlog: Book (1994-03-01)
Publisher: Harvest/HBJ Book
Sales Rank: 551723
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This definitive biography of Ted Williams provides a balanced portrait of the man, the ballplayer, the war veteran, and the hitter. This last side of Williams--the man in the batter's box, the last player to hit .400, the Splendid Splinter--is the most widely and fondly remembered. But Linn also gets beneath the varnish on the bat, examining the Williams known by teammates and sportswriters as difficult and moody. Finally, this is an assessment of a ballplayer who was frequently ignored by the press, despite accomplishments the likes of which we may never see again on a professional diamond. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Teddy Ballgame gets his due
Ed Linn says that Williams was the greatest hitter of all-time, he should have won 5 MVP awards, and his 1941 season was more impressive than DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. That he gave up his potentially most productive years to fight in two wars says as much for his character as it does for his projected totals. The biggest hurdle to recognition was his rascally personality that alienated hometown Boston sportswriters.

In a media age, it is very hard for accomplishments to be recognized without supporting prose. But in Williams' case, his attitude not only cost him prose, but MVP votes from local sportswriters. Had the hometown scribes written glowingly about his .406 average in 1941 the way the New York papers lionized DiMaggio's hitting streak, he may have won his first MVP. Instead it took time for that accomplishment to be realized, and it continues to grow as the years pass without any .400 hitters. Add the two Triple Crowns he won without getting the award and you have to wonder what sportswriters were doing with their votes.

Linn doesn't comment much on Williams' years as the manager of the Washington Senators. It's just mentioned to say that Williams wasn't cut out to be a manager. He says a little about Williams' service record, but reminds us that he was John Glenn's wingman. And we get just enough about Williams home life to know that he wasn't the best husband. This book isn't about those things it's about Williams the great hitter.

Linn stresses that Williams proved his greatness by the way he played when his tools were diminishing in the 1950s. While the rest of his body was breaking down with injuries his bat could still light up a ballgame. That he won the 1958 batting title at age of 39 is a feat that Linn says is amazing. Linn makes a dramatic telling of his last at bat home run by explaining Williams before and after the contest.

This is an informative and thorough telling of Williams the ballplayer and a good choice if you want to know more about Williams and his era in the big leagues.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great book!
If you want to know everything you possibly can about Ted and his effect on the game you need to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Authoritative History of Ted Williams
This is an absolutely FABULOUS book. It details not only the career, but also the life of the greatest hitter who ever lived. I am generally not a big book reader, but I could not put this one down, reading it in a little over a day. I guarantee that if you are a baseball fan, you will love this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Biography
Biographies often waste time describing things like the "childhood home". While this book gives an overview of Williams' early life, it focuses on his historical impact on baseball and his attitudes toward the game. Linn does an excellent job of measuring Williams statistically and creating the perspective of his career that, as a 34 year old, I did not get to experience first hand. An understanding of each season, his teammates and adversaries, creates for me an appreciation that did not exist before. Some great segments on Ted's mentality toward the game and hitting specifically, was great not only for me but also my 10 year old. Note: this is a biography NOT an instructional manual - see The Science of Hitting for the "other half of the story.

4-0 out of 5 stars HITTER is like a triple off the Green Monster...
Ed Linn's HITTER is a excellent biography on Ted Williams life and baseball career. It's a solid 400 pages about Williams, his youth, his personality quirks and flaws, his talent at hitting a baseball, and his glorious seasons at Fenway Park. What Ed Linn does best is to write about The Kid's best seasons and comparing them to other baseball greats using statistical analysis. Also the many stories about Williams' war with the Boston Press. Linn was very careful to write both the good and bad of Williams, and is not afraid to criticize his behavior. The only reasons why this book isnt a home run is because I feel that there could have been more details in certain situations,or maybe Linn suffers from the same problem as Ted Williams had in front of the Fenway Crowd, they both did such a good job that you just wanted a little more from them. ... Read more

by Dan Gutman, Tim Mccarver
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Asin: 0684816067
Catlog: Book (1996-06-05)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 163722
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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If baseball is America's national pastime, surely our national genius is in tinkering: taking things apart to see how they are put together and how they work. The Way Baseball Works combines these two expressions of Yankee (to say nothing of Dodger) ingenuity to break the game down into its component parts and examine it through text, charts, computer-generated illustrations, and photos.

The Way Baseball Works explores:

* The development and design of equipment, from the construction of a baseball to the evolution of the glove
* The science of the game -- pitching grips and trajectories, the physics of fielding, and the reason why, as Ted Williams said, "hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in sports"
* The geometry of a ballpark, and why baseball, virtually alone among team sports, is a different game depending upon the park in which it is played.
* The game as it is played at its highest level: in the head. How managers decide when to hit-and-run and when to sacrifice, how players make the split-second decisions that spell the difference between hitting .250 and .310...the difference between victory and defeat
* The organization of baseball at all levels, including introductions to the dramatis personae of a baseball game -- not just players, but grounds-keepers, umpires, scorers, and trainers, all part of the ceremony and history of this most American of games.

The Way Baseball Works, featuring an introduction and dozens of comments by ex-major leaguer and present-day broadcaster and analyst Tim McCarver, and published with the full cooperation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is the ultimate treasure for baseball fans. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars great explainations
Sometimes nothing is better than knowing why something happens-especially in sports. This book is great for showing you the science of how hard it is to be good as baseball. I really enjoyed it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of bun, no meat
"The Way Baseball Works" is an oversized picture book touching on the basics of baseball. Unfortunately there is not much else here to help you learn the game.

If you are new to baseball and you are really interested in learning about the game, try Nick Bakalar's "The Baseball Fan's Companion" and Johnny Bench's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baseball." ... Read more

191. Fall Classics : The Best Writing About the World Series' First 100 Years
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Asin: 1400049008
Catlog: Book (2004-08-24)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 941025
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Long before there was the Super Bowl, the NBA Championship, the Final Four, or the World Cup, there was the World Series. In the beginning, men in derbies sat in the outfield and marveled at Mathewson and McGraw. Today, fans congregate in sports bars, staring at screens big enough to see which players have shaved that day.

For a century, the World Series has captured the nation’s imagination. The drama has included Willie Mays’s catch, of course, and Reggie Jackson’s home runs, and the gratifying day when Walter Johnson finally won. But the plot lines have also featured the audacious fixing of the 1919 Series and the unlikely heroics of various journeymen never much heard of before the span of a few brilliant autumn days, and never much heard of since. There has been one perfect game. There have been any number of perfectly inexplicable managerial decisions, not all of them made by managers of the Red Sox. There has been drama, comedy, and pathos.

Fall Classics is a collection of the best writing about the World Series in its first hundred years. Certainly it is a kind of history of the event. It is also a catalog of the work of some of the most accomplished and entertaining writers of the past century, since the World Series has drawn to itself not only our best sports scribblers, but many writers who wouldn’t have dreamed of writing about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Final Four, or even the Super Bowl.

Here you’ll find Jimmy Breslin telling Damon Runyon’s fantastic story of how he got the scoop on where Grover Cleveland Alexander spent the first innings of a seventh game he eventually won. (Hint: It wasn’t the bullpen.) Satchel Paige recalls his experience of finally getting to pitch in the Series in 1948. Red Smith writes about Willie Mays’s last hurrah with the Mets in 1973 against the A’s. And Peter Gammons and Roger Angell give their takes on the two most famous game sixes of all, Gammons on 1975 and Angell on 1986.

The games and the memories go on. For every fan whose heart yearns for a bleacher seat, a ballpark frank, and a slice of October Americana, Fall Classics is a treasure.
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192. Joy In Mudville
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Asin: 0385469535
Catlog: Book (1997-02-17)
Publisher: Main Street Books
Sales Rank: 544805
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Joy in Mudville is an excellent book that takes humorous articles from varioius authors and joins them to create one book.The selections are hilarious(especially one using Abbot and Costello's classic Who's on First routine with real names and players) and include comic strips, poems, magazine articles and excerpts from books all joined together by comments from editor Dick Schaap.The book is an easy read that can be enjoyed by sports fans of all ages, it should be in any sports fans collection. ... Read more

193. Wit & Wisdom of Baseball
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Asin: 0451194268
Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Publications International
Sales Rank: 1030367
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a baseball fan
I gave this book to a baseball buff friend of mine for Christmas this year. I loved this book. It gives some laughs and has interesting stories amongst the many quotes. My friend enjoyed the book, and I did too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here
If you have a spare hour, you may want to go through this book of baseball quotes.There is nothing really new in this book that can't be found in other such baseball books.If you haven't read a book on baseball quotesbefore, you may want to look at it; otherwise you can give this one anintentional pass.Here are my two favorites from the book: Taken from anewspaper article from the 1920's, "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched hisinitials off today."Also, "It was a cross between a screwballand a changeup.It was a screw-up."--Cubs reliever, Bob Pattersonafter giving up a game winning home run in 1996. ... Read more

194. How to Watch Baseball: A Fan's Guide to Savoring the Fine Points of the Game
by Steve Fiffer
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Asin: 0816013543
Catlog: Book (1987-03-01)
Publisher: Facts on File
Sales Rank: 876897
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195. Home Run (Harvest Original)
by George Plimpton
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Asin: 0156011549
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Harvest/HBJ Book
Sales Rank: 743914
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The ideal pitch for a hitter is a fastball that hangs over the platelong enough to be knocked beyond the outfield fence. Home Run, a literarytribute to batters with a knack for the long ball, presents accounts of some ofthe most famous home runs in baseball history.

In this smart collection edited by George Plimpton, some of the best writers onbaseball (Robert W. Creamer, Roger Angell) and some of the best Americanwriters, period (Don DeLillo, John Updike), provide unique portraits of famoussluggers (Ruth, Williams, Aaron, and Josh Gibson, to name a few), their myths,and the circumstances of famous home runs (with nods to the pitchers who servedthem up). And as a bonus, Plimpton includes a chronology describing a century'sworth of milestones.

These writers do vastly more than document baseball history: they write aboutsomething they love, and write with conviction. For example, Japanese ballplayerSadaharu Oh, who hit 868 career homers (to Aaron's 755), describes the feelingof hitting one out in "A Zen Way of Baseball": "As the ball makes its high, longarc beyond the playing field, the diamond and the stands suddenly belong to oneman. In that brief, brief time you are free of all demands and complications....In this moment [you] are free." --Michael Ferch ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good compilation
Good stuff from Angell, Reilly, Rice, Smith and Telander. And the vital essay by Updike.

Could have done without the fictional excerpts about the Babe and Thomson, but the great thing about collections like these is the parts you don't like are easy to skip. ... Read more

196. Baseball Wit and Wisdom
by David Plaut
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Asin: 1561381047
Catlog: Book (1992-03-01)
Publisher: Running Pr
Sales Rank: 1212260
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Baseball: Wit and Wisdom
This is a great book for true fans of the game. It really shows the passion of players, coaches, fans and those who covered the game for over 100 years. I really enjoyed the book and actually read it in one sitting. Read it and renew your love for the "National Pastime". ... Read more

197. The Boston Red Sox Trivia Book
by David S. Neft, Bob Carroll, Richard M. Cohen
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Asin: 0312087128
Catlog: Book (1993-03-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 980075
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Little-known facts, statistics, stories, quotes, nicknames, all-time leaders, rosters, puzzles, and more from over one hundred years of Red Sox history

The Boston Red Sox were originally named the Pilgrims—but for over one hundred years they have always been Beantown’s favorite team, with a history that has been celebrated and mourned by generations of fans.

If you love the Red Sox, you’ll find hours of challenging trivia in this book.Packed with text and information, it includes: *A history of the Red Sox from their origins to the present * Trvia questions designed to test your baseball memory * Corssword puzzles, word games, unusual quotes, funny nicknames, and anecdotes about the Sox *Complete all-time Red Sox roster of players, with stats * Comprehensive leader tables for batters and pitchers *Award winners, Hall of Famers, and other honors *And much more!

Do You Know...
- Who was the first pitcher to throw a perfect game in the twentieth century?
- Who decided to turn Babe Ruth into an outfielder?
- What was Ted Williams’s batting average with one day left in the 1941 season: .406, .399, .3996, or .4001? What happened on that day?
- How many batting titles did Carl Yastrzemski win in his career?
- Which team Roger Clemens’s had 20 strikeouts against in a 1986 game?

Bring this book to Fenway, or keep it next to your favorite armchair at home, to liven up commercial breaks and rain delays.In no time you’ll be an expert on Red Sox trivia!
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but dated
The Red Sox Trivia Book was published in 1993, so it only covers history until 1992. It does provide a brief (50-page) history of the Red Sox, followed by crossword puzzles and trivia questions, and an all-time playerlist as of 1992. The questions themselves might be challenging for theaverage fan, but a real Red Sox trivia buff will not find them all thatobscure. And they're directly based on the history chapter, so if you'regoing to buy the book to answer the trivia questions, try them beforereading the history, or you'll likely be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars It was really good
It is really good. It includes all kinds of different trivia questions about the Red Sox history, past and present day. I suggest it. ... Read more

198. The Giants Win the Pennant! the Giants Win the Pennant! (Zebra books)
by Bobby Thomson, Lee Heiman, Bill Gutman
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Asin: 0821734377
Catlog: Book (1991-06-01)
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (T)
Sales Rank: 1377047
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199. The Physics of Baseball
by Robert Kemp Adair
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Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 501582
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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A Sterling Professor of Physics at Yale University provides a unique and fascinating perspective on America's favorite pastime.

Did you Know . . .An average head wind (10 miles per hour) can turn a 400-foot home run into a 370-foot out?A curve ball that seems to break over 14 inches never actually deviates from a straight lineby more tha 3 1/2 inches?There is no such thing (except in softball) as a rising fastball?The collision of a ball on the bat lasts only about 1/1000th of a second?That a batted ball should be able to travel no father than 545 feet? ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars For Physicists More Than Fans
I never thought I'd say this, but this book is just too technical to be any fun. It is SOOOO detailed in its explanation of the various physical forces at work in a baseball game that the book takes way too long to get anywhere. Worse still, the book isn't organized very well, so if you want to just skip to the "punchline" to figure out what the author's trying to tell you (e.g. curveballs really do curve, fastballs don't really rise, corked bats don't help), it's very difficult to do. I love physics, and I love baseball, so I thought I'd love this book, but I'm sorry to say that it left me cold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Book!
I am a HUGE baseball fan, and have been since Junior High. I grew up at the little league fields watching my older brother play. Since I've been in college, my love for baseball has only grown. I read this book after just finishing college level introductory physics. While the concepts in this book are not the most complicated, readers who have not had a similar level of instruction may find some of them hard to grasp. I think this is mainly due to the author's writing style. At any rate, even if it takes you a few times to read and understand the explanation of why a curve ball curves (which I have gone back to time and again because it so amazing!), it is well worth the time. Baseball fans will gain more respect for the game and its players. Skeptics who think the game is mind-numbingly boring might even come to like the game after reading this, if they have any respect for the role mental ability and precision plays in sports.

I highly recommend this book for baseball players, fans, physics majors (it's one of the more fun and easy to comprehend real-life applications of your field of study!), and anyone who isn't afraid of a little technical language!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Closer Look At Beseball
Trajectory lines, momentum, and distance vs. velocity from a batted ball aren't exactly what you think of when you watch the great game of baseball are they?
This book keeps the reader thinking outside of the box and it lets them get a closer look at which part of the bat will send the ball to a certian place-like in the stands, how fast the ball can be hit, and where the perfect hitting point-or 'sweet spot' is-among other things. It answers the questions of many 'rookies' like why their hand stings after a certain hit and how they missed that 'perfect' pitch. This book gets inside the game of baseball and it contains explainations for why the ball does 'what it does'.
This book is very informational and it provides great detail and extreme elaboration on virtually every topic that is covered.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good book if you have the background
The Physics of Baseball is not physics text - it uses the principles of physics to explain things like why a curveball curves, what happens when the bat hits the ball, how far a ball can be hit, and so on. The book is not math-heavy, but it does assume the reader has some knowledge of basic physics and can follow technical discussions.

The only part of the book that disappointed me was the discussion of corked bats. Adair uses a theoretical model to prove that a corked bat doesn't help - that corking a bat will make the ball travel only a few feet farther at most. While he may be right in his conclusion, I think his theory should be tested with experiment. A batter hitting a pitched ball is a complex system, and it's quite possible Adair's model is too simple.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good thing to have on your shelf, not a great read
While this book is considered a classic and is cited in many articles about the game, The Physics of Baseball is pretty dry. Granted, I am not a physicist, but an avid baseball fan. After reading numerous news articles and hearing about the book on baseball shows, I picked up a copy of this book. While I found things like the physics of a curveball or physics of a corked bat interesting, a lot of the discussion was over my head, which granted may say more about me than the distinguished author.

However, the problem with this book is that once it loses a reader, it is hard to get back on track. This book almost seems more of a reference book than a book to be read cover-to-cover. Surely, it is a novel, incredible contribution to an area that has been neglected, but I am happy (for now) to remain a fan and let the physics take care of themselves. ... Read more

200. Making the Majors: The Transformation of Team Sports in America
by Eric M. Leifer
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Asin: 0674543319
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Sales Rank: 1111012
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