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121. Red Smith on Baseball
by Red Smith, Ira Berkow
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Catlog: Book (2000-04-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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It was Smith who once deemed 90 feet between bases the most perfect measurement in the universe. Those who feasted on his columns in, most notably, The New York Herald-Tribune and The New York Times until his death in 1982 would have no trouble ascribing the same measurement of perfection to his prose. Smith was the Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter other writers--not just sportswriters--went to school on, and baseball was the classroom that coaxed the best from his wizardry with the language. He was also the guy who insisted writing is easy; you just open a vein and bleed.

The 167 columns that make up Red Smith on Baseball are uncannily fresh with the drops of Smith's vitality, elegance, heart, intelligence, perspective, and wit. Spanning four decades from 1941-1981, it's a dazzling collection of literature written on deadline, and an important step toward righting the injustice of Smith's work being out of print for so long. Rolled through his typewriter, the history he witnessed on and off the field--Jackie Robinson breaking the color line, the '69 Mets, Curt Flood's challenge of the reserve clause, Enos Slaughter's mad dash from first, Don Larsen's perfecto, the departure of the Dodgers and Giants, the introduction of the D.H.--seems less like dispatches from the past than postcards wishing you were here in a forever present.

Like all those who are best at what they do, Smith knew how to get himself up for the game. He came equipped with an added gear to shift into when the stakes were raised. And while that talent is on display throughout Red Smith on Baseball, nowhere is it more awe-inspiring than in his epic recounting of Bobby Thompson's 1951 "shot heard 'round the world." An abrupt and improbable end to an unbearably improbable pennant race, Thompson's home run brought histrionic screams of "The Giants win the pennant!" pounding through the radio; in the pages of the Herald-Tribune the next morning, readers were chilled by the proportion and scope in Smith's poetry: "Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again." Smith could see more than the event, he could see the big picture and the small, often overlooked moment that lived within it; his ending to the Thompson story wasn't about the Giant triumph but its flip-side--the despair of the hurler who'd served up the pitch. "Ralph Branca turned and started for the clubhouse," Smith wrote. "The number on his uniform looked huge. Thirteen."

Red Smith on Baseball is as essential to a good sports library as any single book can be. But to compartmentalize it as just a sports book would be to somehow miss the larger accomplishments of a modern master of the English language. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars None Better
The subtitle indicates for whom this book will have the greatest appeal: "The Game's Greatest Writer on the Game's Greatest Years." Included are 167 of Smith's best columns (written during the years 1941-1981) which were syndicated in almost 300 newspapers throughout the United States. How good was Smith? In the Foreword, Ira Berkow notes that a "blue-ribbon panel" was commissioned to select the 25 most influential newspaper people of the Twentieth Century. The final list included numerous publishers (eg Pulitzer, Ochs, and Graham) and writers (eg Mencken, Lippmann, and Pyle) but only one sportswriter: Red Smith. I thoroughly reading every single column and especially appreciated Smith's comments on Hall of Famers, of course, but also on dozens of others who had but one brief moment of glory. For example, Floyd ("Bill") Bevens, Al Gionfriddo, and Cookie Lavagetto. For those who share my passion for what was once the "national pastime", Smith was more than a great baseball writer or (as the blue-ribbon panel concluded) a great writer, period. He was also an anthropologist who examined a unique culture with style and grace as well as precision. Also with delicious wit. I would love to share Smith's thoughts about Major League Baseball today. Alas, that is a book he cannot write...and a book no one else could write better than he. Period.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
This was a very good book. Red Smith is by far the best baseball writer ever. He defines baseball in his memorable columns. His use of the English language make you look at the difference of him and today's writers and how much better Red Smith is. It is a truly amazing piece of literature. I am going to read it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars They don't write columns like this anymore
This is a collection of columns by Red Smith, one of the greatest sports reporters who ever lived. He wrote in an unusual style, telling a story in his colorful way, rather than reporting the highlights of the game and throwing in some quotes from the players. You need to pay closer attention to his columns than to the average sports story you'll see in a newspaper today, but you'll not only find out what happened the previous day, you'll also be entertained by his writing.

I've been a huge fan of Red Smith's ever since I heard his classic line about the horrible Packers team that finished a season with one win, ten losses and a tie. He wrote that they overwhelmed one team, underwhelmed 10 and whelmed one. If you got a kick out of that line, you'll enjoy this collection of baseball columns.

It also gives you a good glimpse of New York baseball in the 40's and 50's.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice collection of Smith columns
Red Smith was one of New York's premier baseball writers. His career spanned the period from 1941 to 1981. He was in his prime in the 1950s and 1960s when I was a avid baseball (Yankee) fan and I read all the sports columns particularly those in the New York Times or the Herald Tribune. The very first column about Mickey Owen's dropping Heinrich's third strike is a gem and a great choice to start out with. The articles are in a chronological order by decades. While there is some coverage of the 1970s and 1980s over half the book covers articles from the 40s and 50s and well over two thirds of it covers through the 60s. He likes to quote Casey Stengel who had many gems to include.

This is great for Yankee fans as brings back memories of the teams of the 50s and the way they were managed.

5-0 out of 5 stars none better
Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly
impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again.
-Last Chapter (October 4, 1951)

That is perhaps the most famous opening of any column in the history of journalism, and deservedly so. In fact, as you read this extraordinarily fine
collection of Red Smith's baseball writings, it is remarkable to realize just how many of his lines and phrases you recognize. Of course, when Smith
was a sportswriter, the sports page often contained the best writing in the paper. Today our image of journalists is absurdly inflated by Watergate and
the generation it inspired, but watch a movie from the '30s or 40s (say The Front Page) and you'll see just how low was the esteem they were held in.
But the sports guys had plum jobs so the position attracted truly talented men, from Damon Runyan to Ring Lardner to Paul Gallico to Smith himself.

Through some happy confluence of the stars Smith wrote for The New York Herald Tribune during the period when New York City not only had
three baseball teams but three very good baseball Writing on deadline teams : the 1940s and 50s versions of the Yankees; Dodgers; and Giants. This
book, though it covers other decades too, draws heavily from this period, which has not suffered from inattention over the years, but it is Smith's
descriptions of what happened (as with the opening line above) that remain in our minds. Here's another of my favorites, written on October 4, 1947,
after Cookie Lavagetto and the Dodgers had broken up a Floyd Bevens no-hitter to beat the Yankees and win the World Series :

The unhappiest man in Brooklyn is sitting up here in the far end of the press box. The 'V' on his typewriter is broken. He can't write either
Lavagetto or Bevens.

Even writing on a daily deadline, Smith managed to toss off great lines like that in nearly every column. There are links to a fair sampling of his
pieces below and the book is most highly recommended.

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122. Sermon on the Mound: Finding God at the Heart of the Game
by Michael O'Connor
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Finding God in the Heart of the Game

God loves baseball. He even uses it for His own good purposes. If anyone would know, it is Michael O'Connor. In October of 1986, O'Connor was watching game six of the World Series. Through a bizarre and unlikely rally, God captured his undivided attention.

Convinced God was orchestrating the New York Mets' phenomenal comeback, O'Connor began analyzing why God would rig a game watched by millions—for his benefit. Why would God care about him?

Sermon on the Mound reveals that God is available to us everywhere—even in our national pastime. "Like God, baseball has always focused on relationship," O'Connor writes. "Owner to manager. Manager to player. Player to fan. It is as simple as fathers playing catch with their sons and as complex as a ball smacking the pocket of a well-oiled glove that echoes and ripples throughout generations."

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5-0 out of 5 stars From the mound to the heart.A superb read.
It is hard to imagine a more genuine, boy-next-door, pleasant delivery than O'Connor provides in this heartfelt story of so much more than just a passion for baseball.Though, the baseball memories are bound to tug at the heart of any of us boys who grew up struggling to become the next Mickey Mantle and playing baseball board games as youths when we weren't out on the sandlot.Just as I enjoyed Steve Alford's tales of basketball in his youth in a book I read a few years ago, these stories of youth baseball really brought the memories flooding back.But the stories don't end with baseball.Mr. O'Connor opens up to us the story of meeting and making it work out with his wife.And then there is the connection between baseball and God.He says, "In terms of eternity, I had been risking much sitting up on that fence for so long,"and concludes that like the 7th game of the series, eventually we have to choose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Baseball at Its Finest
Michael O'Conner has the rare talent of warming the heart while at the same time touching the funny bone. He writes with depth and insight, bringing the seemingly unlikely subjects of God, love, spirituality and baseball together. His story is wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just a testimony
It's an OK book I guess.It isn't so much about baseball as it is about this man's journey in life toward faith.He was a big baseball fan and so most of his stories of growing up have to do with baseball.Not really a sermon, but an OK testimony.

3-0 out of 5 stars Christian Meanings in Baseball Experiences
If you are like me, you have both played and watched a lot of baseball and softball.During those many hours a lot of unexpected things probably happened that have made a lasting impression.But what spiritual lessons did you take away?In my case, I was left with more spiritual questions than answers.Sermon on the Mound provided me with the opportunity to re-examine 50 years of experiences in light of my faith, and to reassess what happened with the benefit of my current perspective.Thinking about those experiences was both a pleasant and insightful experience.I am grateful to Mr. O?Connor for opening those spiritual doors for me.

What impressed me most was that what I had felt was pretty specific to me must be pretty close to universal for people who have been involved with baseball.Here are some examples:glove disappointment and envy (that first glove wasn?t really what you needed for youth baseball); playing positions where you couldn?t do too much damage to the team with your deficiencies as a player; sitting on the bench a lot; getting on the wrong side of an adult coach; finding softball as an adult to be a good indication of your out-of-condition status; being disappointed when a childhood hero died or was tainted by scandal; and wondering what it all meant when the Red Sox lost the six game of the World Series in 1986.Realizing those common elements gave me a whole new repertoire of things to ask about when I meet new people who played baseball or are baseball fans.

The book is heart-warming and loving when it comes to baseball.What more can I say about that aspect of the book?

The book?s title made me think that the book would be organized around the more famous Sermon on the Mount.It isn?t.Instead, Mr. O?Connor describes the religious lessons he has drawn from his baseball experiences, which have been pretty substantial in terms of his own life.For example, he found Christ from the Red Sox loss.These are arranged like a baseball game in a spiritual autobiography.

It is good for people to witness their spiritual experiences and beliefs.I get the most good from such witnessing when it connects to as many religious teachings as possible.To do that, I am helped by Scripture, prayers, and guides for applying the lessons to my own day-to-day life.Sermon on the Mound is unexpectedly light in those respects.I was disappointed.Many of my questions about how God connects to us during our baseball experiences are unanswered.I was, however, encouraged by havingread the book to want to readdress those questions, in hopes of developing better answers than I have in the past.I have felt God?s presence in ballparks during my life.Now, all I have to do is find out more about how to understand what He is teaching and telling me.

I look forward to attending a baseball game next season, and spending time with my most important questions while the action on the field progresses.Thank you, Mr. O?Connor, for giving me that inspiration!

This book will be most appealing to lifelong baseball fans who are middle-aged and are interested in the spiritual life of Christianity.Long-suffering spouses and family members who are not so connected to baseball may find the book to be a helpful bridge to understanding the spiritual awakening that people can have through baseball.

As a long-time Dodger fan, I was also very glad to see what the world looked like for many of those years to Giants fans looking on from the stands in Candlestick Park.I was touched to realize that Mr. O?Connor had held respect and affection for Don Drysdale, and was affected by his untimely passing.

Where else can you find God at work . . . or sending you messages?

4-0 out of 5 stars Sermonette on Sermon on the Mound
I much enjoyed reading this very well-written, funny, and yet touching book. In fact, I am somewhat amazed that this is the author's first book, although, of course, he's been writing songs, poems, and who-knows-what-else for a long, long time. Michael's wit, knowledge, and life experience--encompassing a whole lot more than just the game of baseball--are evident on every page. The design and layout by the publisher is outstanding; very unique! So then, you might ask, why just FOUR stars, rather than FIVE?? Well, this is where my "sermonette" would begin, and in all honesty, I'm being generous with my rating of FOUR, as you will see, based on the rest of this review. And although my comments here are likely not to be at all well received by many, I simply must state what I believe to be true: The book, while having numerous shining moments, and while being an enjoyable reading experience overall, has some very weak moments as well, particularly the "ninth inning" (i.e., chapter 9). That is, from a purely biblical standpoint. Michael told me in a note beforehand (BTW, I'm the "Tom" mentioned on the book's last page) that it's not a book on "deep theology," and I wasn't expecting it to be (as indicated by my early comments). Nonetheless, living in the midst of a wicked society (sorry folks, but Sodom and Gomorrah would blush at much of what goes on here these days) that is clearly under the righteous judgment of an infinitely holy, glorious, and sin-hating God, I simply cannot say "Amen" to a view of God as the grandfatherly sort of deity laughing alongside us and watching "His kids" playing baseball, cheering the players on and hoping everyone "wins". It just doesn't "square" with the awesomely majestic, deeply humbling, dazzlingly brilliant picture of God as revealed in the scriptures. Please don't misunderstand me here (although if you do, then so be it); I enjoy baseball, and LIFE itself--very MUCH!! I also affirm that God DID use the same--a ball game--to radically change MY life too (for which I am eternally grateful to Him), as He did Michael's, though in a strikingly different way in my case (His sovereign prerogative). But to bring this much-longer-than-intended review to a necessary and swift end, I would only advise that, as with any book that purports to speak about God (among other things), you take it "with a grain of salt," and put it to the touchstone of how it lines up with the Sermon on the MounT, not to mention the entirety of God's holy Word. ... Read more


123. Tales from the Orioles Dugout
by Louis Berney
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The saying among players used to go, "What can be better than being young and playing for the Baltimore Orioles?" They may have fallen on lean times of late, but for several decades the Orioles were the class and envy of Major League Baseball. The team was an integral part of the Baltimore community; kids and their grandmothers knew the batting averages, ERAs, and even the personality traits not only of Brooks Robinson, Dave McNally and Paul Blair, but of every bench player and each relief pitcher. Over an 18-year period - 1966 through 1983 - the Orioles played in six World Series, winning three of them. They had the highest winning percentage in baseball for 30 years. Most of their stars were home-grown products -- players signed and reared in the Orioles organization. They were proud to play for Baltimore and to be part of the vaunted "Oriole Way." Tal es from the Orioles Dugout tells the stories of these players, in their own words. They discuss the pivotal plays and the big games that electrified the city, and they talk about what went on in the dugout, on the field and in the clubhouse. Hall of Famers like Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, and Brooks Robinson, and future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., share tales of what it was like to be an Oriole. Individually their stories are funny, poignant and eccentric. Collectively, they offer a portrait of a team that is as much a family and a community treasure as it is a professional sports organization. ... Read more


124. Baseball : Play the Winning Way (Sports Illustrated)
by Jerry Kindall
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A state-of-the-art guide to baseball fundamentals from one of America's foremost collge coaches. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE Baseball Guide
As a long time student and coach of this great game, I could not at this time more highly recommend any how-to guide than this one. Although nearly every baseball "expert" could debate some of the fine points ofthe game brought out by Coach Kindall, no one could argue the value of thisbook for any age group.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of all the instructional Baseball books that I've read!
I have read about 5 or 6 Baseball instructional books and I felt this was the most understandable, complete book out there.It covers every aspect of the game and includes great pictures, so that they not only tell you howto do something but show you as well.It covers Hitting, Pitching,Baserunning, Fielding, throwing, Individual positions, and strategies. Itis the book that I mention first to my fellow coach's. ... Read more


125. The Storytellers: From Mel Allen to Bob Costas : Sixty Years of Baseball Tales from the Broadcast Booth
by Curt Smith
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Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc
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The Storytellers are baseballs play-by-play and color men who have created the legends and lore of the game.From the days of static-filled radio broadcasts to todays internationally televised games, baseball has been shaped into Americas pastime by these wizards of the microphone.Assembled in this terrific collection, these great announcers from all over the country share with us some of their favorite stories about the job - their best games, most admired players, preferred parks, biggest flubs and more.With their unique styles of speech, cadences, and catch phrases, these broadcasters have become our friends at the ballparkconveying the excitement, celebrating the victories, and commiserating on the defeats.Baseball fans of all agesand from the East coast to the West coastwill enjoy welcoming these ballpark friends into their homes once again.The Storytellers will be released in an audio version in Spring 1997. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Stories, Great Storytellers
The stories are varied, entertaining, and required reading for anyone that enjoys listening to baseball on the radio while sitting on their porch on a warm summer's evening. I could have done without Curt Smith's introduction to each chapter, as his over-the-top prose didn't seem to fit with the simplicity of the language of the anectdotes.
From coast to coast, this is a winner. New Yorkers will be particularly fond, however, of the pre-California baseball tales.

4-0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable.
Curt Smith gathers some of the legendary Voices of baseball together to (what else?) tell stories. The anecdotes are invarably interesting, funny, moving, and illuminating, whether or not the reader has actually had the pleasure of listening to any or all of these broadcasters. My only quibble with this book is that author Smith seems to have lifted several passages in toto from his earlier, and even more fascinating, "Voices Of The Game." This seems like unnecessary duplication and can be mildly annoying for those of us who've read both. Still, it's well worth the time of anybody who loves the Summer Game.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for baseball lovers like myself!!
I saw this book on amazon.com and knew I had to get it. Great stories inside the game and behing the broadcast booth. Couldn't put it down, just spectacular, wish there was a sequel!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection of Great Baseball Stories
The Storytellers is a hillarious and moving collection of baseball stories told by the people who have held our ears for decades. The funniest stories (Ernie Harwell explaining to a baseball usher that it wasn't beer he had spilled . . .)had my wife and I laughing out loud. The most moving (Bob Costas boyhood visit to Yankee stadium) still bring a tear to my eye. A must read for fans of baseball, fans of broadcasting, or fans of oral storytelling. This is a wonderful book to read aloud. ... Read more


126. The Cubs Reader
by David Fulk, Dan Riley
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127. Lardner on Baseball
by Ring Lardner
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From his humble beginnings as a journeyman reporter for the South Bend Times in Indiana, to the height of his popularity when his work was syndicated in more than 115 newspapers with a readership of more than eight million, Ring Lardner was the undisputed master of sports journalism and fiction. In his stories, readers found the authentic lives of their heroes and idols, their hopes and fears, and the vernacular of the diamond in all its bawdy and athletic glory. Here then for the baseball fan, in one comprehensive volume, are Lardner's finest writings about baseball during its golden age.
Out of a column written for The Saturday Evening Post evolved his most famous work, You Know Me, Al, which introduced the world to the bush-league pitcher Jack Keefe. Lardner's skills as the finest American humorist since Mark Twain are on full display in the stories "My Roomy," "Horseshoes," "Alibi Ike," and "The Yellow Kid." Also included are his outstanding journalistic pieces about the Chicago Black Sox World Series scandal of 1919 that chronicle his struggle to come to grips with a national betrayal, the memory of which still scars the sport to this day.
LARDNER ON BASEBALL is a full, diverse, and exciting collection of works from a legendary writer who transformed a simple game into the stuff of great literature.

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128. An American Classic : The World Series at 100
by KEN LEIKER
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-25)
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It is without a doubt the Holy Grail of baseball, the grand finale of the season: The World Series, one of the most popular sporting events on earth. Now this lavishly illustrated volume of images and reflections celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of an American classic.

While the season play from April through October is filled with memorable achievements, often the most exciting and historic moments are those that occur during the World Series. From the dawn of baseball to the present day, An American Classic honors the best of the best, including:

Greatest Series: The Washington Senators filibuster the New York Giants in 1924; the Cincinnati Reds wash out the Boston Red Sox in 1975; and the Arizona Diamondbacks claim victory over the New York Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2001 Series

Greatest Upsets: From the Chicago White Sox defeating their hometown rivals, the Chicago Cubs, in 1906, to the Reds sweeping the Oakland A’s in four games in 1990

Greatest One-Game Feats: Bill Wambsganss’ unassisted triple play in 1920; Willie Mays’ sensational catch in 1954; Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956; Reggie Jackson’s three home runs on three pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 Series; and injured Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit, game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 of the 1988 Series

Unlikely Heroes: The unforgettable and unexpected performances of Hank Gowdy (1914 Boston Braves), Billy Martin (1953 Yankees), Gene Tenace (1972 Oakland A’s), and Rick Dempsey (1983 Baltimore Orioles)

Great Hitters Who Rose to the Occasion: From Babe Ruth (1928 Yankees) and Lou Brock (1967 St. Louis Cardinals) to Paul Molitor (1993 Toronto Blue Jays) and Barry Bonds (2002 San Francisco Giants)

Great Pitchers Who Rose to the Occasion: no baseball fan can forget such players as Lefty Gomez (1936 Yankees), Lew Burdette (1957 Milwaukee Braves), and the three shutouts from the 1965 Dodgers and the 1966 Orioles pitching staffs

Along with an overview of the World Series dynasties through the years, this magnificent volume provides a striking sweep of drama and glory, victory and defeat–paying tribute to the boys of summer and the game that is a unique American treasure.
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129. Jerome Holtzman on Baseball
by Jerome Holtzman
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Sportswriter Jerome Holtzman has been around the game of baseball for more than 60 years. During that span he’s met and worked alongside most of the greatest writers American sports and the game of baseball have ever known.

In his sixth book, Jerome Holtzman on Baseball, he shares colorfully in-depth stories about the lives and careers of such legendary scribes as Grantland Rice, Red Smith, Jimmy Cannon, Shirley Povich, and many others. Enveloped inside these personality sketches are heretofore hidden tales about baseball’s greatest players, managers and characters. Baseball’s best personas spring to life in the words of the men and women whose job it was to unearth their flaws and exalt their talents.

These men and women were the Hemingways of baseball sportswriting. Holtzman’s unique ability to relate their impact on the game they covered adds a new chapter to our study of the history of baseball. Meet "The Purple Prose Gang," learn of the impact that advanced statisticians had on how the game was covered, and read of the rise of female scribes in sports.

Holtzman dusts off the annals of baseball history in these pages, and places the sport’s evolution in a fresh context. Just as baseball itself has progressed from the days of the dead-ball era through the invention of free agency to today’s record-shattering times, so too has the art of sportswriting and the artists who man the press box 162 days a year. Jerome Holtzman on Baseball is your passage through the turnstile. ... Read more


130. The Man in the Dugout: Baseball's Top Managers and How They Got That Way
by Leonard Koppett
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Baseball fans love to second-guess managers' strategies and speculate about their styles of managing and Leonard Koppett is no exception. Koppett brings 52 years as a working baseball writer to his understanding of these men in the dugout.

His analysis is based on personal interaction with all of the managers active since 1950 and their descriptions and judgments of the generation of men who preceded them. Every manager inherits his method from some influential manager he played for. Three seminal figures—John McGraw, Connie Mack, and Branch Rickey—form the trunk of a genealogical tree whose branches have eventually intertwined, but whose key characteristics remain identifiable nearly a century later in the style of current headliners like Joe Torre, Jim Leyland, Tony LaRussa, Dusty Baker, and Bobby Cox.

This highly acclaimed study, first published in 1993, has been updated to the year 2000 and now includes some recent winning managers and completes the careers of others. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Strategy galore!
Book has in-depth views of each hall-of-fame manager, and some other lesser known and modern managers that have made their mark on the game.

Unlike The Bill James guide to Baseball, this book focuses on the man and his managerial career, and his stategy. James seems to have written a book on how baseball was generally managed in certain eras. He doesn't focus much on indivual men, as this book does.

For a diehard like me, this book is money well spent. If you are only a causual man, save your money. ... Read more


131. The Red Sox Fan's Little Book of Wisdom: A Fine Sense of the Ridiculous : A Fine Sense of the Ridiculous (Little Book of Wisdom (Taylor))
by Curt Smith
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Asin: 091208376X
Catlog: Book (1994-10-28)
Publisher: Diamond Communications
Sales Rank: 643804
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This book uses fact, quote, lesson, and humor to celebrate one of baseball's more storied franchises. ... Read more


132. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HALL OF FAME
by Bill James
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Catlog: Book (1995-04-06)
Publisher: Free Press
Sales Rank: 51001
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Hall of Fame Effort
Like many baseball fans, I always believed that the Hall of Fame voters were something like the College of Cardinals. I believed that their choices of were based on earthly performance mixed with a healthy dose of divine inspiration.

James' work shatters this faith and places the hard glare of reality on a process that is an all too human endeavor -- shortsighted, political and at times bordering on random.

The book is lucid, fact-filled, fun to read and it answer one of baseball's great mysteries: what the heck is George Kelly doing in the Hall of Fame. That in itself is worth the cover price.

One of the few "must have" baseball books.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a classic for baseball fans
Bill James is a legend in the world of sabermetrics (the use of non-traditional stats to model baseball). If you read Rob Neyer or the Baseball Prospectus, you will love this book.

Even for more casual fans, the book gives a great history of the Hall and how the methods for selecting honorees have changed throughout the years. The book focuses on the cases of Don Drysdale and Phil Rizzuto, who are definately borderline Hall of Famers.

There is great information on how voters often misuse statistics to aid the player they support. The book is extremely well-written and displays a great sense of humor at the appropriate times.. A must-have for die-hard baseball fans..

1-0 out of 5 stars More lies from the master deceiver
This is where Bill James tries to convince us that he knows more about baseball in the twenties and thirties than Frankie Frisch. Through half truths, a ruthless manipulation of statistics and delusional statements revealing his souless mathematical vision of baseball, James basically carries on a campaign of petty character assassination against many of the people in the Hall and those who put them there. That so many baseball fans would rather believe a statistically obsessed nerd who never saw the players he evaluates rather than a great athlete like Frisch who actually played with and against the men he helped put in the hall is very disappointing. I can tell you that people who actually work in baseball think of James as somewhat of a joke. Others, like me, are not amused. It would be a very sad day if entrance into the Hall was controlled by opinionated statiticians like James rather than people who actually understand the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Elightening Look at the Hall of Fame
For anyone who has ever been interested in baseball's Hall of Fame, from being a serious historian of the game to simply being a fan who wanted your favorite player to be honored, this book will teach you a great deal.

Bill James, in a very entertaining style, will show you how some of the game's greatest players have been overlooked for the game's highest honor, while lesser men have been awarded. He will show you the passion of those who promote a certain player for election, while also demonstrating how illogical many can be as they argue for their favorites. He shows the inconsistency of the various voting bodies, the chronyism, the politics, and most other aspects of the long history of the Hall of Fame's process for determining the game's greatest players. It is a subject not often outlined in this depth, and James does a splendid job with it.

There are some flaws. James, as he often does, contradicts his own previously stated views on some players, and does so without explanation, which can be maddening to anyone who has read most of his work. He also has the unnecessary habit of insulting people for no real reason. As a man who can write so well and express his views in such detail and with such clarity, it doesn't appear to be necessary, when citing an example of one fan's opinion about Mickey Lolich, to answer this question:

"Am I the only baseball fan who feels that statistics provide, at best, a meager measure of a player's worth?"

with this answer:

"Well, no, Mr. Miedlar, actually, there are an amazing number of idiots in the world."

Stooping to that level is entertaining at times, but it also serves to convince the reader that James is a bit full of himself, and a bit of a bully to boot.

Still, those flaws are minor when compared to the overall quality of both the information presented and the manner in which James presents it. Anyone with an interest in baseball in general, or baseball history or the Hall of Fame in particular, will be pleased with what they find in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bold, funny, beautiful
Talk about an interesting baseball book. Bill James has outdone himself with this one. No, Phil Rizzuto does not belong in the Hall of Fame! But neither do a lot of other guys, so we might as well leave them in. It's all politics anyway. Just get a good lobbyist like Frankie Frisch on your side. This is why baseball is so great. In what other sport would so many people care about who is in the Hall of Fame? ... Read more


133. More Tales from the Red Sox Dugout: Yarns from the Sox
by Jim Prime, Bill Nowlin
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Asin: 1582615004
Catlog: Book (2002-05-20)
Publisher: Sports Publishing
Sales Rank: 772979
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Just when you think you've heard them all, the Red Sox yarns keep unraveling. Its predecessor, Tales from the Red Sox Dugout, told some of the classic stories about the Boston Red Sox and their colorful, eccentric history. It struck a chord with Red Sox fans, who demanded More Tales from the Red Sox Dugout: Yarns of the Sox. This title picks up the thread where the original left off, and takes Red Sox fans on an even greater ride through Red Sox lore. In addition to new tales that have been uncovered since the publication of the original book, More Tales from the Red Sox Dugout includes fun lists of player nicknames, one-game wonders, intriguing pitcher-catcher batteries, and the story of a fictional pitcher from a little bar where everyone knows his name. The Red Sox yarns are endless. Some are intended to keep you in stitches, while others will keep you warm on those nights when it's too cold to play baseball. But always, More Tales from the Red Sox Dugout: Yarns from the Sox will entertain everyone who belongs to the special club of Boston Red Sox fans. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars A collection of facts and quotes from other books
This book was a disappointment. I thought I'd learn some of the stuff that happens inside the dugout or the clubhouse (based on the title!), but it's nothing more than a collection of quotes from other books, some listings of stats and general statements about players. In this book, they even make Bill Lee seem dull.

BOTTOM LINE: There's nothing new in this book for real Red Sox fans. However, if you're an import trying to learn a few things about the team, pick it up. ... Read more


134. Tales From the Ballpark : More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told
by MikeShannon, Mike Shannon
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Asin: 0809224844
Catlog: Book (2000-02-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 403816
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Now in paperback, Mike Shannon's newest collection of memorable anecdotes from the game's past and present will appeal to all generations of baseball fans. It includes priceless stories from such legends as Ted Williams and Bob Gibson as well as from modern-day stars such as Mo Vaughn and David Wells. These humorous and touching tales will delight fans for many years to come.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Simply put - a fun book!
TALES FROM THE BALLPARK is a quick read that contains poignant, funny, sad, and informative stories. All of the tales are short (one or two pages) and cover a wide range of subjects - stories about fans, the minors, umpires, old players and modern players.

If you are looking for an in depth book about baseball, this one isn't for you. But if you just want to be entertained for an evening, I would heartily recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
This book is very entertaining from start to finish. It's hard to put the book down once you start because the stories in it keep you glued to the book. The first book was great also. I just hope that Mike Shannon has a third installment in the works. There are a few glaring mistakes in the book that I must point out. Shannon refers to current Arizona 1st baseman Greg Colbrunn as "Colburn" and he states that Barry Bonds broke into the majors with the Pirates in '89 wearing number 24 when he actually entered in '86 wearing number 7, since Denny Gonzalez wore 24 back then.

5-0 out of 5 stars two for two
Shannon has done it again. How often do we read baseball anecdote books, only to skip 3/4 of the stories, having already read them elsewhere. Well, it won't happen with Mike Shannon's books! It's clear that solid research has resulted in stories that are always unique and usually hilarious. I loved it, and you will too. Check out Tales From The Dugout, too. you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars home run
Entertaining, well-written book. Vignettes range from poignant to the hilarious. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for baseball and who can appreciate the author's mature and restrained style. A home run in my book.

2-0 out of 5 stars I'm Trying to be Generous with Two Stars
I guess I enjoy heavier reading in baseball books than what this book offers. It can be read in one sitting because it is easy reading and short. I have read some of these stories elsewhere and frankly I didn't find them to be terribly funny. The story told by Ted Power on missing the boating accident that claimed the lives of Steve Olin and Tim Crews and seriously injured Bob Ojeda and how it changed Power's life was the best one in the book. I guess a teen ager would find this book more interesting, but I enjoy more historical books on the game. My bookcases are filled with baseball books, but this one I will donate to my local high school library. ... Read more


135. The Rivals : The New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox---An Inside History
by Harvey Araton, Tyler Kepner, Dave Anderson, George Vecsey, Bob Ryan, Jackie McMullan
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-07)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 7343
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A Struggle for the Ages. . .

BOSTON GLOBE JANUARY 6, 1920
RED SOX SELL RUTH FOR $100,000 CASH
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Demon Slugger of American League, Who Made 29 Home Runs Last Season, Goes to New York Yankees
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FRAZEE TO BUY NEW PLAYERS

The Yankees vs. the Red Sox.Each baseball season begins and ends with unique intensity, focused on a single question: What's ahead for these two teams? One, the most glamorous, storied, and successful franchise in all of sports; the other, perennially star-crossed but equally rich in baseball history and legend.In The Rivals sports writers of The New York Times and The Boston Globe come together in the first-ever collaboration between the two cities' leading newspapers to tell the inside story of the teams' intertwined histories, each from the home team's perspective.

Beginning with the Red Sox's early glory days (when the Yankees were perennial losers), continuing through the Babe Ruth era and the notorious trade that made the Yankees champions (and marked the Sox with the so-called "Curse of the Bambino"); to Ted Williams vs. Joe DiMaggio; Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk; Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez; down to last year's legendary playoff showdown, The Rivals captures the drama of key eras, events, and personalities of both teams.

And who better to tell the story than the baseball writers of the two rival cities? For The New York Times, it's Dave Anderson, Harvey Araton, Jack Curry, Tyler Kepner, Robert Lipsyte and George Vecsey who report on the Yankee view of the rivalry, while The Boston Globe's Gordon Edes, Jackie MacMullan, Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy recount the view from the Hub. And their stories are richly illustrated with classic photographs and original articles from the archives, capturing the great moments as they happened. For Red Sox fans, Yankees fans, or anyone interested in remarkable baseball history, The Rivals is an expert, up-close look at the longest, and fiercest of all sports rivalries.
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136. Tales from the Dugout : The Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told
by MikeShannon
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Asin: 0809229501
Catlog: Book (1998-01-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 222390
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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If baseball from a fan's perspective is the answer to a lazy summer day, then Tales from the Dugout is the answer to lazy days the rest of the year. Pick it up and open to any page and you'll find the delightful yarns, quotes, foibles, and folklore that wrap the grand old game like so much twine around the innards of a baseball. Bobby Brown, Yankee third baseman of yore, explains why teammate Yogi Berra had such an unconventional strike zone; an unassuming North Carolina pitcher named Jimmy Hunter reveals the truth behind his nickname, "Catfish"; and major-league prankster Ken Griffey Jr., in a rare turn of the tables, plays the April Fool. With more than 150 anecdotes from America's national pastime, this memorable collection is the perfect antidote to rainouts and winter blues. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Quite entertaining
This is a kind of book that you would love to take with you for a short trip to the bathroom. Really, I do not mean to be insulting, but the truth is that each story is so short but crisp, and often pretty funny that it makes perfect light reading.

I especially like that Shannon tells stories of not only superstars, but also of players with true character. But I think the title is a bid overblown. Read a story about your favorite player and see if you like the rest. I enjoyed reading the stories for players that I do not even know.

4-0 out of 5 stars Baseball book delivers as promised
When I picked this book up in the bookstore, I was looking for some light reading and humorous anecdotes from the world of baseball, and that's what it looked like this book would be. Guess what? It is. Perfect to read between innings, before bed, or on the ceramic throne. Had a lot of fun reading the stories aloud to my honey, who is also a baseball fan. If you want something grittier or more in-depth, read the classic "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton. If you just want to enjoy yourself, or give a fun gift to a baseball fan, this is great.

P.S. Go Yanks!

2-0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better
Shannon's research is great, and his love of the sport comes through, but simply put the stories included aren't anything special. Anyone who has grown up listening to and loving our national pastime has certainly heard many stories much better than the ones here.

Shannon explains that his intent was not to repeat old anecdotes, but to write a book full of new ones. It's a noble goal, but unfortunately it results in a collection of mediocre and mostly uninteresting stories.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Book, But Nothing Revolutionary
The easiest way to write a book is to have other people tell the story while you write it down and take credit. This is not meant to discredit the author, Mike Shannon. However, as a lifelong baseball fan, I already heard many of these stories. In many cases, I enjoyed reading these stories from the original source or a witness. Additionally, many of the stories chosen for the book are just not interesting.

If you like the Yankees, you will like the book. There are plenty of Yankee stories in here. If you hate the Yankees, this will make this a less than pleasurable read. I particulary enjoyed reading the Marge Schott stories. The exploits of the late Reds owner are always good for a laugh. Many of the stories seem to be about miserly owners. I particularly enjoyed reading about Bobby Thigpen's attempts at using poetry to get a raise. While many of the stories are informative, they aren't very entertaining. I was hoping to read more "inside the game stories."

To the casual fan or even big baseball fans, many of these stories are old news. I believe that this book is more geared toward younger readers who are learning about the game. This is probably a book most baseball fans can live without.

5-0 out of 5 stars Matt Dula is Wrong!
Corey Shneck, although he needs to learn how to spell, is right, MD. "Tales from the Dugout" is a great book and you're obviously not a baseball fan. So quit giving people interested in this book BS. ... Read more


137. Why I Love Baseball
by Larry King
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: New Millennium
Sales Rank: 641255
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Larry King is a true-blue baseball fanatic. Going to his first game as a kid in 1940’s New York was the start of a lifelong love affair. This heartfelt valentine to America’s game evokes a simpler time in our country’s history: complete with the smells of popcorn, beer and hot-dogs; the sight of the green, closely-mowed infield; the dark brown dirt paths; the crisp white uniforms; the sound of the excited voices of announcers; the crack of the bat; and the roar of the crowd. Baseball, he discovered, is its own unique universe.

When he finally had the opportunity to personally interview legendary manager Leo Durocher, Larry was so happy that he kept the return phone call for twenty years, just so he could look at it and remember the day. Over his long and distinguished career he’s had the opportunity to meet and interview such heroes as Casey Stengel, Jackie Robinson, and Ted Williams. Passion for the game has suffused his life. Even now, he revels in the Orioles and the Mets. Every reason to love baseball is laid out in this nostalgic book, as King gives an inside view to the trading cards, the scuffles the most classic plays, the labor disputes, and the personalities that pervade the sport. It is the only team game without a clock or a designated ending time. Larger-than-life personalities make up its history. Why I Love Baseball will appeal to anyone who recognizes baseball as America’s favorite pastime.

King has loved baseball for as long as he can remember, and this ode to the game is truly a love song. You can hear the joy in the author’s voice. In a time of serious national focus, Larry King’s personal reminiscences and unique view of the impact of baseball is a welcome look at the modern history of the game. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Entertaining, But Not Much Depth
As an expression of Larry King's sixty-year love affair with baseball, this would have made an enjoyable magazine article. But as a book...if you strip away the Thomas Boswell article, the slightly misquoted Terry Cashman lyrics, and the other padding, you find what seems to be the result of Larry talking into a tape recorder for a couple of hours, with all the positives and negatives that implies. There's plenty of heartfelt enthusiasm here, but little reflection or depth. And as King should know, memory can be faulty, especially with the passage of time. Take his story about his childhood fight with his friend Herbie Cohen, sparked by their position-by-position debate over which team was superior in 1947--King's Dodgers or Cohen's Yankees. As King tells it, they came to blows over who was superior at second base, where he insisted the Dodger rookie Jackie Robinson had the clear edge. The problem with that? As Cohen himself notes when he's quoted elsewhere in the book, Robinson played first base during his rookie season. (Eddie Stanky still patrolled the hot corner for the Bums; Robinson moved to second the next year, after Stanky was traded to the Boston Braves.) This is an entertaining affirmation of King's true love for the sport, but could have offered the reader a lot more.--William C. Hall

4-0 out of 5 stars An Ode to Baseball
Larry King pays homage to his favorite sport in his book "Why I Love Baseball."This book comes from one longtime fan's perspective about the game of baseball over a span of more than 50 years.

This book is filled with anecdotes from King's life relating to baseball, involving his lifelong friend Herbie Cohen, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Baltimore Orioles and their late owner Edward Bennett Williams, President George W. Bush, and many stars from the game.The book can be read by anyone who simply loves the game of baseball and is a great read for the summer.

One may not agree with every opinion and suggestion of King's, but one must respect his unremitting love for the game of baseball.

3-0 out of 5 stars Larry King Discusses His Favorite Subject
It's a well known fact that Larry King has a special place in his heart for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and is now a fan of the Baltimore Orioles.Larry provides us with his sentimental reasons why he loves the game of baseball.I, along with him, share that devotion.Larry quotes former Cardinals' star Enos Slaughter as saying he deliberately spiked Jackie Robinson when running down to first base in Robinson's initial 1947 season.This is interesting since Slaughter has denied he deliberately did it in other books.King also mentions he believes the Jewish Hank Greenberg of the Tigers was deliberately walked during the final month of the season so he wouldn't break Babe Ruth's home run record.Numerous quotes from various players and managers in addition to anecdotes are provided that can be found in several other books.I did find a few mistakes in the book.The first cover of Sports Illustrated showing Eddie Matthews of the Milwaukee Braves batting was taken in County Stadium in Milwaukee, not in St. Louis as King mentions.Also, two of the lines from Terry Cashman's popular 1981 song, "Talkin' Baseball" are incorrect.The line "And Alexander's pitchin' baseballs in Washington" should read "And the Great Alexander is pitchin' again in Washington."The other line given incorrectly is "Seaver, Tommy John, and Vida Blue."It should read,"Seaver, Garvey, Schmidt, and Vida Blue."The final mistake I found involved Tigers' pitcher Bob Cain pitching to the midget Eddie Gaedel in August of 1951.The book reads "Bob Cain got down on his knees to throw the pitch. The catcher sprawled prone to catch the pitch."The photo of this at bat in other books shows Tigers' catcher Bob Swift on his knees to receive Cain's pitches to Gaedel.Cain did not pitch from his knees.Several pages of the book are devoted to baseball writer Tom Boswell's "99 Reasons Why Baseball Is Better than Football."King believes Pete Rose should be voted into Baseball's Hall of Fame but "not be let back in baseball again, certainly not to manage."King also discusses the labor problems in baseball, and believes each team should have a minimum payroll of $70 million and anything over $90 million should pay a tax.I don't disagree with Larry King's love of baseball; I share it.This is a very quick read book, and Larry provides several convincing reasons why baseball is the number one game in America.If you're looking for any in depth information on the game of baseball, Larry didn't write this book for you.You will have to look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful
A charming little book about America's favorite pastime. A bite-sized treat that can be easily read in one sitting. There's something for everyone who loves the game in this little gem -- especially Brooklyn Dodger fans --from master interviewer Larry King, for whom baseball is a lifelong, abiding passion (who knew?)Loved it. ... Read more


138. The Ultimate Baseball Book
by Daniel Okrent, Harris Lewine
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Asin: 0395596971
Catlog: Book (1991-11-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 731803
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With a line-up of essayists that includes Red Smith, Robert Creamer, Wilfred Sheed, and Tom Wicker, this coffee-table volume, which separates the game's rich history into decades, reached all-star status the day it debuted almost 20 years ago. It is literate and literary, but so are many of baseball's best books; no other one connects its words with its hundreds of photographs in such an elegant double-play. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A great historical volume on the greatest game we play.
The version of this that I read was published in 1981, so it's a tad out of date, but the most compelling parts of the book are doubtless still present in later versions.This book makes a bold claim, and while I don't know that there can be any single Ultimate book on baseball, this one comes reasonably close.

The book splits itself into nine "innings" (though newer versions may have changed this format), splitting baseball history into nine segments and accompanying each historical section with an excellent essay on subjects pertaining to the relevant era.Some of the essays are on subjects like Enos Slaughter's Gas House style of play with the Cardinals, or Fenway Park, or the Brooklyn Dodgers of old, or Connie Mack.In all, the history is pretty thorough and very enjoyable for fans of the game.

Most baseball books are written with a nasty, thinly-veiled contempt for the contemporary game of baseball."Too many home runs", these authors sniff, "not enough hit-and run".TUBB has none of this attitude present in the historical bits, though it does come through in some of the essays.In the latter innings of the book, the historical chapters describe the evolution of the game very ably, and even suggest that the modern game is more interesting and balanced than ever before, due to the all-around athleticism of many players.

I'm borrowing the 1981 edition of TUBB from my dad, but I will probably buy the Expanded and Updated 2000 version for myself.This is a great book for baseball fans, especially those of us whose earliest baseball memories involve people like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Dwight Gooden... it's good for us whippersnappers to learn some history.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest and most influential baseball books ever
The ttiel sounds a tad off-putting, but the book delivers. It's an excellent combination of narrative history, idiosyncratic essays and beautiful photos about the national pastime. The style has been often duplicated since but never equalled ... Read more


139. Baseball for Everyone
by JoeDiMaggio
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-15)
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Arguably the greatest all-around player of all time, Joe DiMaggio also wrote (and McGraw-Hill published in 1948) a paean to the game, titled Baseball for Everyone. For aspiring young players and rabid fans alike, Baseball for Everyone explores the finer points of playing each position, lingers on the pitcher's craft, and dwells on the psychology as well as the mechanics of hitting.

With a foreword by famed baseball writer Peter Golenbock new to this paperback edition, Baseball for Everyone remains a wise and revealing look at the mechanics of America's game from one of its greatest practitioners.

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140. Fenway Park: Legendary Home of the Boston Red Sox
by John Boswell, David Fisher
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Asin: 0316103373
Catlog: Book (1992-10-01)
Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T)
Sales Rank: 366525
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A very informative, very fun book about Fenway and the Sox
This book is fantastic. It is a photographic history of Fenway and the Sox. One of the things I liked best are the different photos of Fenway and its players throught the years that I havent seen elsewhere E.g: A photo of the ground breaking ceremony, side by side shots of the entrance (1912 and 1991). Ted pitching, the park set up as a football field (for the Patriots) and Boggs looking at a called strike. The text is excellent with lots of historical facts. Now I'll get to the best part. Remember pop-up books as a kid. Well this book has a detailed pop-up model inside. 1 inch=80 feet. It's all there; The Wall, the numbers, the bowling alley,and even the Citgo sign. This book will amaze the Fenway Fan ... Read more


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