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Watching Baseball Smarter

A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

Author: Zack Hample

Publisher: Vintage

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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This smart and funny fan’s guide to baseball explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will appeal to anyone—whether you're a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or a beginner. What is the difference between a slider and a curveball? At which stadium did “The Wave” first make an appearance? How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills? Which positions are never played by lefties? Why do some players urinate on their hands? Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott’s Miscellany, Watching Baseball Smarter will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport–no matter what your level of expertise. Features an glossary of baseball slang, an appendix of important baseball stats, and an appendix of uniform numbers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Baseball

Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches

Author: Zack Hample

Publisher: Anchor

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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The Baseball is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity. Which Hall of Famer once caught a ball dropped from an airplane? Why do balls get stamped with invisible ink? What’s the best ticket to buy for catching a foul ball? Which part of the ball once came from dog food companies? How could a 10,000-year-old glacier help a pitcher grip the ball? In this enlightening, entertaining, and often wildly funny book, Zack Hample shares ballpark legends and lore, explores the history of the baseball souvenir craze, and also details the evolution of the ball, Finally, Hample—who has snagged more than 4,600 balls from 48 different major league stadiums—offers up his secret methods for snagging your own ball from major league games. Features a ballhawk glossary, profiles of legendary ballhawks, top 10 lists, and black-and-white photos throughout. From the Trade Paperback edition.

501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die

Author: Ron Kaplan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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Propounding his “small ball theory” of sports literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature.” Of course he had the relatively small baseball in mind, because its literature is formidable—vast and varied, instructive, often wildly entertaining, and occasionally brilliant. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has chosen 501 of the best, making it easier for fans to find just the books to suit them (or to know what they’re missing). From biography, history, fiction, and instruction to books about ballparks, business, and rules, anyone who loves to read about baseball will find in this book a companionable guide, far more fun than a reference work has any right to be.

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Author: Paul Dickson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 974

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Draws on extensive historical and contemporary sources to provide definitions for terms from their earliest appearances, in a latest edition that has been expanded to include more than 18,000 entries.

Public Library Core Collection

A Selection Guide to Reference Books and Adult Nonfiction. Nonfiction

Author: John Greenfieldt

Publisher: Hw Wilson Co

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Category: Public libraries

Page: 1856

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Library Journal

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Category: Libraries

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

Fortune

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Category: Business

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Baseball Scorekeeper

Author: Stuart Miller

Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 96

View: 179

Any true baseball fan knows the joy of the game is in the details. This handsome journal allows every flawless play, every dramatic home run, and every unexpected twist to be recorded and cherished for a lifetime. Perfectly sized for toting to (and using at) the ballpark, and with a handy Wire-O binding for easy browsing, this journal has been designed with the baseball fan in mind. Featuring easy-to-follow instructions, 40 score sheets, a handy fold-out "cheat sheet" of common scoring notations, and a sturdy pocket for ticket stubs and memorabilia, Baseball Scorekeeper is the ultimate resource and perfect companion for a day at the ballpark.

School Library Journal

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Books in Print 2009-2010

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