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Baseball Codes

Baseball Codes

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An insider's look at baseball's unwritten rules, explained with examples from the game's most fascinating characters and wildest historical moments.

Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. All aspects of baseball--hitting, pitching, and baserunning--are affected by the Code, a set of unwritten rules that governs the Major League game. Some of these rules are openly discussed (don't steal a base with a big lead late in the game), while others are known only to a minority of players (don't cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batter's box). In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game's most hallowed--and least known--traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining.

At the heart of this book are incredible and often hilarious stories involving national heroes (like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) and notorious headhunters (like Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale) in a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes, we see for the first time the game as it's actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.

With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball's informal rulebook, The Baseball Codes is a must for every fan.

Baseball for Dummies

Baseball for Dummies

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Play, watch, and understand America's favorite pastime

Baseball continues to be a popular game both as a spectator sport and as a pastime. Since the publication of Baseball For Dummies, 3rd Edition, baseball teams have changed, new MLB stadiums have been built, and rules have been updated. This updated 4th Edition brings you the latest information on the players, the places, and above all, the game.

Baseball For Dummies is for baseball fans at all levels, from players and coaches to spectators who love the game. Baseball Hall of Fame player Joe Morgan explains baseball with remarkable insight, using down-to-earth language so everyone from the casual observer to the die-hard fan can gain a fuller appreciation of the sport.

  • Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding
  • Find a baseball team to play on, from Little League on up
  • Evaluate stats, players, and records
  • Coach baseball or umpire effectively
  • Get more out of a trip to the ballpark
  • The latest on baseball stats and sabermetrics
  • Complete with Morgan's personal lists of top-ten toughest pitchers, smartest players, and most strategic managers, Baseball For Dummies gives you all the inside tips, facts, and stats so you can have Major League fun!

    Baseball For Dummies

    Baseball For Dummies

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    "There may not be anyone alive who knows more about baseball than Joe Morgan."
    --Bob Costas, NBC Sports Broadcaster

    "This book has something for everybody, from longtime fans to Little Leaguers."
    --New York Newsday

    It's known as America's National Pastime. It's nicknamed "The Greatest Game Ever Invented." No question about it: baseball is a way of life for millions, whether they're watching from the bleachers or sluggers in their own right. After more than 150 years as an all-American sport, baseball lingo is even part of our everyday language. With all its history and influence, baseball is a phenomenon we should at least be able to yak about at the water cooler--even if we never set foot on the diamond.

    Whether you don't know the difference between a shortstop and a backstop, dabble in a bit of fantasy baseball, or need to perfect your split-fingered fastball, the second edition of this classic guide shows you the ropes. Ever wondered how great outfielders get a good jump on an incoming ball? Why the bases are 90 feet apart? Baseball For Dummies has answers to those questions, along with loads of All-Star tips on:

  • Rules of the game
  • Improving your hitting, pitching, and fielding
  • Finding a team to play on, from Little League on up
  • Coaching and umpiring effectively
  • Getting more out of a trip to the ballpark than hotdogs and ice cream
  • Evaluating stats, players, and records
  • Baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan--who played with the Cincinnati Reds in two World Series championships--teams up here with sportswriter Richard Lally to coach you through everything from keeping a scorecard to hitting like a Major Leaguer. In their down-to-earth style, they cover all the bases, including:

  • Getting in shape, from warm-ups to free weights
  • Playing the field: batting, baserunning, pitching, and defense from catcher to shortstop
  • Landing the best seats in the park
  • Baseball online, on the air, and on the newsstand
  • How to play fantasy baseball
  • How to snag off-the-field baseball jobs
  • All-time and current Top Ten players, pitchers, fielders, and more
  • A glossary of "baseball speak"
  • You'll get a baseline knowledge--and find out details and trivia even the most die-hard fans don't know. If you're looking to walk the walk, or just be able to talk the talk, step up to the plate: Baseball For Dummies delivers the goods.

    Baseball History: The History of Baseball Along With Fascinating Facts & Unbelievably True Stories

    Baseball History: The History of Baseball Along With Fascinating Facts & Unbelievably True Stories

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    Would you love to know the incredible and exciting history of baseball?

    Whether you want to (1) learn incredible and interesting facts about baseball history, (2) discover some of baseball's greatest events and stories, or (3) be thoroughly entertained as you learn how baseball has evolved over the years, this book will teach you everything you need to know.

    See what happens inside the game.

    This book is about what makes baseball the sport it is today. We'll take you inside a game to see what individual players are thinking. You will visit the early days of the sport to see some of the influences that have made the game what it is today. You will be inspired by the examples of real players who have pursued a dream, watched their dream crumble before their eyes, and then who persisted with dedication and hard work to attain success. If life is about winning and competition, then the game of baseball is rich soil in which to develop success.

    Discover the greatest innovations to the game.

    Because baseball relies equally upon chance and skill, you will discover some of the tactics players have used to try and improve their odds for success: changing the bat, scuffing the ball, bunting, stealing bases, and the use of any number of superstitions and good-luck charms, to name a few.

    The Rich Culture of Baseball

    Baseball is a sport rich in history, culture, and traditions. It doesn't matter if you have devoted your entire life to the game or whether you know little about baseball besides its name; this book is for you! You will find inside these pages both inspiration and a treasure of knowledge to flesh out the game for you. Beyond a play-by-play description of the game dynamics, you will be introduced to some of the strategies that have made baseball so unpredictably fascinating.

    Trace the Development of the Sport.

    You will also meet some of the interesting people who have contributed to the game and you will learn from the ongoing legacy of practical innovation that has shaped baseball over its one hundred-plus years of history. You will be introduced to innovators such as John Hillerich, Barry Bonds, Russ Ford, Harry Decker, Albert Spalding, and Alexander Cartwright. You will discover the connection between the sport of baseball and dodge ball, find out why there is a large bump in the middle of the playing field, and be transported to the ballpark for the first time "The Star Spangled Banner" was sung by the crowd. You will be inspired by the lives of athletes who pursued their dreams and continued to hope even when it appeared they would never play again. In addition, you will learn how fans have shown their support for their favorite teams and encouraged them, even in the darkest of days. Whatever your interest or level of knowledge, "The History of Baseball" will entertain, educate, and inspire you.

    What Will You Discover About Baseball History?

  • The evolution of the game over the last 100 years.
  • Incredibly true baseball stories.
  • The inner workings of the game.
  • The great players, teams, and baseball strategies.
  • How fans have helped teams win championships.
  • You Will Also Learn:

  • How baseball has influenced American culture.
  • Wonderful baseball movies.
  • Wild facts about baseball.
  • The interesting lives of the best players of all time.
  • Discover the incredibly entertaining history of baseball.

    Get inside the game: Buy It Now!

    Baseball Prospectus 2017

    Baseball Prospectus 2017

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    The 2017 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide.

    The 22nd edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important regular and advanced statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus.

    Baseball Prospectus 2017 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called "the überforecast of every player's performance."

    With forty-five Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former Prospectus analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2017 will understand what all those insiders have been raving about!

    Baseball Prospectus 2018

    Baseball Prospectus 2018

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    The 2018 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide.

    PLAY BALL! The 23rd edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams.

    Baseball Prospectus 2018 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called "the überforecast of every player's performance."

    With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2018 will understand why!

    Visit www.baseballprospectus.com for year-round baseball coverage

    Baseball Prospectus 2020

    Baseball Prospectus 2020

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    The 2020 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide.

    PLAY BALL! The 25th edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams.

    Baseball Prospectus 2020 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called "the überforecast of every player's performance."

    With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2020 will understand why!

    Baseball Prospectus 2021

    Baseball Prospectus 2021

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    The 2021 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide.

    PLAY BALL! The 26th edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams.

    Baseball Prospectus 2021 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called "the überforecast of every player's performance."

    With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2021 will understand why!

    Baseball Prospectus The Essential Guide to the 2008 season

    Baseball Prospectus The Essential Guide to the 2008 season

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    The New York Times bestselling guide to Major League Baseball returns, bringing together the top young baseball writers and analysts in the business to provide the definitive look at the season to come.
    Baseball Prospectus: The Essential Guide to the 2007 Baseball Season

    Baseball Prospectus: The Essential Guide to the 2007 Baseball Season

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    The 2007 edition of the most authoritative guide to professional baseball

    America's favorite pastime has never been more popular and, for over a decade, "Baseball Prospectus" has been the ultimate guide to the game for fantasy players, professionals, and casual fans alike. "Baseball Prospectus 2007" continues that tradition, bringing together the top young baseball writers and analysts in the business to provide a definitive look at the season to come. Featuring humorous and incisive essays on all thirty teams and an in-depth look at every major league player and all the top prospects, "Baseball Prospectus 2007" offers the cutting-edge analysis that has inspired nearly every major league team to seek the advice of current or former "Prospectus" writers. Also included are projections of player stats for next year, as determined by the groundbreaking PECOTA system, which "Sports Illustrated" has called ?perhaps the game's most accurate projection model.? The most authoritative and entertaining book of its kind, "Baseball Prospectus 2007" is as essential to the baseball- watching experience as hot dogs and cold beer.

    Baseball Road Trip author gave them to us for free

    Baseball Road Trip author gave them to us for free

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    The perfect travel guide for baseball fans who want to see more of the great ballparks in America's heartland, this handy guide gives you the tips for best lodging, great restaurants, and local attractions for the Major League and minor league cities and towns that dot the Midwest. With details about every ballpark from Major League Baseball to the Frontier League, this travel companion tells you the best places to sit, the best ballpark food to eat, and the best places to go around town when you are not at the ballpark. From taking in a AAA game with the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines and visiting the Field of Dreams to knowing how to best experience Target Field in the Twin Cities, Baseball Road Trips: The Midwest and Great Lakes is all you need to plan a dream baseball road trip.

    Baseball Talmud

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    From the icons of the game to the players who got their big break but never quite broke through, The Baseball Talmud provides a wonderful historical narration of Major League Jewish Baseball in America. All the stats, the facts, the stories, and the (often unheralded) glory.

    The Baseball Talmud reveals that there is far more to Jewish baseball than Hank Greenberg's powerful slugging and Sandy Koufax's masterful control. From Ausmus to Zinn, Berg to Kinsler, Holtzman to Yeager, and many others, Megdal draws upon the lore and the little-known details that increase our enjoyment of the game, including:

  • Which Jewish player spent a portion of his retirement as a spy
  • Who received $50,000 and a car to quit school and join the Major Leagues
  • How many players sat out of games scheduled on Yom Kippur
  • Which famous player chose baseball over becoming a rabbi
  • But this is more than just stories. Megdal, a stat geek himself, uses the wealth of modern sabermetrics to determine the greatest Jewish players at each position, the all-time Jewish All-Star Team, and how they would rate against the greatest teams in baseball history, from the 1906 Chicago Cubs to the 1998 New York Yankees.

    The Baseball Talmud rewrites the history of Jewish baseball and is a book that every baseball fan should own.

    Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated, Myth-Busting Guide to the Great Ame

    Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated, Myth-Busting Guide to the Great Ame

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    Michael Kun -- Pulitzer Prize-nominated author -- and Howard Bloom -- former newspaper reporter and columnist -- explain that, contrary to popular belief, a walk is not always as good as a hit. They argue that it's not always wrong to root against the home team. They contend that the Houston Astros' jerseys were not the ugliest jerseys ever worn in the major leagues. They rail against the common misconception that Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance was a great double play combination. They insist that Shoeless Joe Jackson did not bat right-handed, he did not go barefoot, and he did not refuse to accept money to throw the World Series. They heap scorn upon those who believe Joe DiMaggio was ever "The Greatest Living Baseball Player." And they offer a sound rebuke to anyone who thinks a baseball book can't be smart, funny and informative all at the same time.

    The Baseball Uncyclopedia is a witty and irreverent guide that debunks some of the mythology, opinions and widely held beliefs about baseball that fans have clung to for generations.

    Baseball, Chicago Style

    Baseball, Chicago Style

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    This book explores the exciting, enticing, enduring and frequently frustrating panorama of America's national pastime. For the first time the colourful saga of Major League Baseball in Chicago is wrapped between the covers of a single book sure to appeal to both Cubs and White Sox fans. When it comes to baseball tradition, Chicago is second to none, the sole city to embrace two major league teams without interruption from their founding to the present day.
    Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

    Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

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    "Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey's book proves it, without wasting a word."--Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number

    In Baseball, one of the great bards of America's Grand Old Game gives a rousing account of the sport, from its pre-Republic roots to the present day. George Vecsey casts a fresh eye on the game, illuminates its foibles and triumphs, and performs a marvelous feat: making a classic story seem refreshingly new.

    Baseball is a narrative of America's can-do spirit, in which stalwart immigrants such as Henry Chadwick could transplant cricket and rounders into the fertile American culture and in which die-hard unionist baseballers such as Charles Comiskey and Connie Mack could eventually become the tightfisted avatars of the game's big-money establishment. It's a celebration of such underdogs as a rag-armed catcher turned owner named Branch Rickey and a sure-handed fielder named Curt Flood, both of whom flourished as true great men of history. But most of all, Baseball is a testament to the unbreakable bond between our nation's pastime and the fans, who've remained loyal through the fifty-year-long interdict on black athletes, the Black Sox scandal, franchise relocation, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some major stars.

    Reverent, playful, and filled with Vecsey's charm, Baseball begs to be read in the span of a rain-delayed doubleheader, and so enjoyable that, like a favorite team's championship run, one hopes it never ends.

    "Vecsey possesses a journalist's eye for detail and a historian's feel for the sweep of action. His research is scrupulous and his writing crisp. This book is an instant classic--a highly readable guide to America's great enduring pastime."--
    The Louisville Courier Journal

    Baseballs No-Hit Wonders

    Baseballs No-Hit Wonders

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    Baseball's No-Hit Wonders, with a foreword written by former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent, honors such legendary pitchers as Cy Young, Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax, while introducing readers to other eccentrics and one-shot wonders who have thrown no-hitters. The book fleshes out the colorful characters, compelling narratives and statistical oddities from baseball's 294 no-hit efforts--as well as the many near misses that are also part of the national pastime's storied history.

    Painstaking research and personal interviews have allowed the author to pack great detail into a fun, fast-paced take on the game, revealing the stories of the no-hitter thrown by a pitcher on acid, the hitters most adept at breaking up no-hitters and other gems thrown by guys with nicknames of Bumpus, Bobo, Cannonball and Nixey. Even the game's greatest slugger is credited with a partial no-hitter, and all he did was throw a punch! Chapters detailing the best no-hitters of all time are interspersed with Did You Know? lists that include no-hitters by team, city and day of the week, no-hitters of the Negro Leagues, catchers who caught the most no-nos and the best pitchers not to throw a no-hitter.

    Bases Loaded: Inside Story of Steroid Era in Baseball

    Bases Loaded: Inside Story of Steroid Era in Baseball

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    "Game of Shadows" meets "Ball Four" in this explosive inside account of baseball's steroid era
    On a quiet street on Long Island early on a December morning in 2005, more than fifty federal agents stood outside a lovely new home waiting for the front door to be opened. When it did, there stood the central figure in one of the biggest scandals in sports history: Kirk Radomski.
    Radomski was a regular New York kid who, from the age of fifteen had the amazing fortune of working in the Mets clubhouse. The focus of his job was to give the players whatever they wanted or needed?he got their uniforms ready, packed up their homes at the end of the season, cashed their checks, and helped them beat the drug tests that would have led to suspension. And at the end of the 1986 season he even led the World Champions down Broadway during their victory parade. Eventually, he graduated to helping in other ways: providing them with steroids and human growth hormones. By the time the Feds knocked on his door, he was the main clubhouse supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to almost three hundred baseball players.
    Under threat of a long prison sentence?and after being identified by players he?d helped?he cooperated with Senator George Mitchell to produce the Mitchell Report, providing names and dates. Now he's ready to tell the whole story to the world. Radomski made little money from these transactions, and in this stunning book he will recount what baseball knew about the problem, his life since the report came out, and who took what. This is the tale of a young man seeing his heroes turn into clay, and the degradation of a once great sport into the drug-addicted spectacle it has become.
    Bases Were Loaded (and so was I)

    Bases Were Loaded (and so was I)

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    In The Bases Were Loaded (and So Was I), sportswriter Tom Callahan brings to life the most fascinating--and often least understood--figures in the world of sports. This is the ultimate collection of Callahan's sports profiles, with subjects ranging from Muhammad Ali to Pete Rose, and Joe Montana to Michael Jordan.
    Based on decades of sports reporting as well as featuring material original to this book, The Bases Were Loaded (and So Was I) takes athletes we thought we knew and reveals how wrong we often are. This is a rare and surprising work of reportage that will appeal to sports fans and non-sports fans alike.