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Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan s Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
by Zack Hample
Paperback from Vintage
Media Published: 2007-
ISBN: 0307280322

Whether you're a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or teaching game to a beginner, Watching Baseball Smarter leaves no territory uncovered. In this smart and funny fan's guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national pastime.
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.
Zack Hample is an obsessed fan and a regular writer for minorleaguebaseball.com. He's collected nearly 3,000 baseballs from major league games and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows. His first book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, was published in 1999.
 
The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond
The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond

Paperback from Lyons Press
ISBN: 1592280838
At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell--"organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of the great, quirky, and comic moments in the annals of baseball recorded in THE GREATEST BASEBALL STORIES EVER TOLD. Here also are profiles of such legendary figures as Joe DiMaggio, Pete Rose, and Yogi Berra, essays that explore the complexities and pleasures of the game, even an excerpt from the movie Bull Durham. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever played so much as a game of catch.
Contributors include:
John Updike
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Abbott & Costello
Ring Lardner
Bill Barich
Zane Grey
David James Duncan
Al Stump
Pete Hamill
P.G. Wodehouse
Damon Runyan
Roy Blount, Jr.
Richard Ben Cramer
Gay Talese
A. Bartlett Giamatti
and many more

 
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America s Pastime
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime
by Jason Turbow, Michael Duca
Paperback from Anchor
Media Published: 2011-
ISBN: 030727862X

Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules, some of which are openly discussed (don't steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (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.

 
The Everything Kids' Baseball Book: From baseball history to player stats - with lots of homerun fun in between! (Everything Kids Series)
by Greg Jacobs
Listed under Baseball for Children

The Lucky Baseball Bat: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (Matt Christopher Sports Fiction)
by Matt Christopher
Listed under Baseball for Children
 

Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book
by Editors of Sports Illustrated
Hardcover from Sports Illustrated
ISBN: 1933405236

Continuing in the tradition of Sports Illustrateds 50th Anniversary Book and The Football Book comes a spectacular celebration of baseball that will be treasured by fans of the National Pastime.With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that propelled The Football Book to surpass the sales of the 50th Anniversary Book, a New York Times best-seller, this lavish coffee-table volume brings to life the legendary players, the classic action and the great traditions of the Summer Game.In 294 oversized pages, The Baseball Book commemorates the epic teams and characters, the crucial plays and classic games, the personalities and performances and artifacts that have kept baseball at the heart of American sports for more than a century.

 
Curious George at the Baseball Game
by H. A. Rey, Margret Rey
Listed under Curious George
 
The Boy Who Saved Baseball
The Boy Who Saved Baseball
by John H. Ritter
Paperback from Puffin
ISBN: 0142402869

Tom Gallagher is in a tight spot. The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. If Tom's team loses, they lose their field too. But how can they possibly win? Just when everything seems hopeless, a mysterious boy named Cruz de la Cruz rides into town and claims to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontown's greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasn't spoken a word to anyone. But now he might be Tom's only hope for saving his hometown. From the award-winning author of Over the Wall and Choosing Up Sides comes this imaginative tale of one boy's struggle to preserve the spirit of the game he loves.
 
The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches (Vintage)
The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches (Vintage)
by Zack Hample
Paperback from Anchor
Media Published: 2011-
ISBN: 030747545X

The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. 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, details the evolution of the ball, and offers up his secret methods for snagging your own from major league games.

 
Baseball As America : Seeing Ourselves Through Our National Game
by National Geographic Society (Editor)
(Hardcover)

New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
by Bill James
Listed under Baseball History

Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul : 101 Stories of Insight, Inspiration & Laughter from the World of Baseball
by Jack Canfield (Editor), et al
(Paperback)

Red Sox Century
by Glenn Stout, et al
Listed under Baseball History

Blue Skies, Green Fields : A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums
by Ira Rosen
(Hardcover)

The Yogi Book : 'I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said'
by Yogi Berra
Listed under Baseball Legends

Total Baseball : The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball (Total Baseball, 7th Ed)
by John Thorn (Editor), et al
(Hardcover)

Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Parks Past & Present
by Josh Leventhal
Listed under Sports Stadiums

Baseball Samurais : Ichiro Suzuki and the Asian Invasion
by Rob Rains
(Paperback)

Cal: Celebrating the Career of a Baseball Legend
by Sporting News (Editor), The Sporting News
Listed under Baseball Legends

The Baltimore Orioles : Four Decades of Magic from 33rd Street to Camden Yards
by Ted Patterson, Brooks Robinson
Listed under Baltimore Orioles

The Goose Is Loose : An Autobiography
by Goose Gossage, et al
(Hardcover)

John McGraw
by Charles C. Alexander
... as manager of both the old Baltimore Orioles and New York Giants, he's the only skipper in the game's history to win almost 1,000 games more than he lost. Amazon.com
Listed under Baseball History

The 1919 World Series : What Really Happened?
by William A. Cook
One of baseball's infamous events is the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Overshadowed by the suspicion cast upon, and the subsequent indictment of, eight White Sox players for throwing the games, the 1919 World Series has often been simplistically and inaccurately portrayed by the popular media in the decades since. This book takes an objective look at the series, players, managers, owners, and on-field events to separate fact from fiction ... Amazon.com
Listed under Baseball History

The Mental ABC's of Pitching : A Handbook for Performance Enhancement
by H. A. Dorfman
Paperback - 268 pages (January 1, )
Diamond Communications; ISBN: 1888698292

Cool Papas and Double Duties : The All-Time Greats of the Negro Leagues
by William F. McNeil
Listed under Baseball History

52 Week Baseball Training
by A. Eugene Coleman, Nolan Ryan
Paperback - 251 pages
Human Kinetics (T); ISBN: 0736003223

Hank Greenberg : The Story of My Life
by Hank Greenberg, Ira Berkow (Contributor)
Listed under Baseball Legends

All Century Team
Mark Vancil(Editor)
Hardcover

All Star Fever : A Peach Street Mudders Story
Matt Christopher, Anna Dewdney (Illustrator)
Listed under Baseball for Children

The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lardner, 1914-1919
George W. Hilton(Editor), Ring W. Lardner
Listed under Baseball History
 

The Art of Hitting .300
Charley Lau, et al
Paperback (February 1992)
 
The Art of Pitching
Tom Seaver, Lee Lowenfish (Contributor)
Paperback

At Fenway : Dispatches from Red Sox Nation
Dan Shaughnessy
Listed under Boston Red Sox

At the Plate With--Ken Griffey, Jr
Matt Christopher
Paperback

Away Games : The Life and Times of a Latin Baseball Player
Marcos Breton, Jose Luis Villegas
Hardcover
 

Baseball : The National Pastime in Art and Literature
by David Colbert (Editor)
Hardcover - 240 pages
Time Life; ISBN: 073700102X
 
The Babe : The Game That Ruth Built
Listed under Babe Ruth Books

Baby Bull : From Hardball to Hard Time and Back
Orlando Cepeda, et al
Hardcover

The Ball : Mark McGwire's 70th Home Run Ball and the Marketing of the American Dream
Daniel Paisner
Hardcover
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Ball Four
Leonard Shecter (Editor), Jim ba Bouton
Paperback / Published 1990

The Baseball Coaching Bible
by Jerry Kindall (Editor), John Winkin (Editor)

Baseball Just for Kids : Skills, Strategies and Stories to Make You a Better Ballplayer
by Jerry Kasoff
Listed under Baseball for Children

Louisville Slugger Complete Book of Hitting Faults and Fixes
by Mark Gola, John Monteleone

52 Week Baseball Training
by A. Eugene Coleman, et al
 

Charley Lau's Laws on Hitting
by Charley Lau, Jeffrey Flanagan
Paperback - 224 pages (May 23, )
Addax Pub Group; ISBN: 1886110956
 
Complete Conditioning for Baseball
by Pat Murphy, et al

20,000 Baseball Cards Under the Sea (Step into Reading, a Step 3 Book)
Jon Buller, Susan Schade (Contributor)
Listed under Children's Baseball Books
 

Coaching Pitchers
by Joe Spanky McFarland
Paperback - 133 pages 2nd edition (January 1991)
Human Kinetics Pub; ISBN: 0880113685
 
Little League : Drills and Strategies
by Ned McIntosh
Paperback - 160 pages (April 1, 1987)
NTC/Contemporary Publishing; ISBN: 0809247895

My Prison Without Bars
by Pete Rose
Hardcover from Rodale Press

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
by Jane Leavy
Hardcover: 256 pages
HarperCollins; ISBN: 0060195339; (September 17, )

1,001 Baseball Questions Your Friends Can't Answer
Dom Forker
Paperback

101 Things You Can Teach Your Kids about Baseball, 2nd Ed.
Marsh. Don, et al
Paperback

The 26th Man : One Minor League Pitcher's Pursuit of a Dream
Steve Fireovid, Mark Winegardner (Contributor)
Paperback

The 500 Home Run Club: From Aaron to Williams
Bob Allen, Bill Gilbert
The 500 Home Run Club tells the stories of the 15 men who hit more than 500 home runs-out of 14,000 major leaguers who played the game-in their own words talking about themselves and about each other. Over 180 former major leaguers, from Yogi Berra to Don Zimmer, have been interviewed to get their first-person accounts of playing with and against baseball's 15 most dominant sluggers. Amazon.com
Listed under Baseball Legends

The 521 All-Stars : A Championship Story of Baseball and Community
Byron Baldwin(Photographer), Frye Gaillard
Hardcover
 

You Can Teach Hitting : A Systematic Approach for Parents, Coaches and Players
by Dusty Baker, Jeff Mercer, Marv Bittinger
Paperback - 234 pages
Masters Pr; ISBN: 0940279738
 
2003 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards (12th Edition)
by Robert F. Lemke (Editor)
Listed under Baseball Cards

Play Ball! 2012Calendar
by R. Tourangeau
Listed under Baseball Calendars

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes
by Yogi Berra, et al
Listed under Baseball Legends

Zim : A Baseball Life
by Don Zimmer, et al
Listed under Baseball Legends

Out of Print Baseball Books

Managing Little League Baseball
by Ned McIntosh, Leo Rourke (Photographer), Chuck Tanner (Designer)
Paperback - 192 pages
NTC/Contemporary Publishing; ISBN: 0809253224
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At the Plate With ... Mo Vaughn
Matt Christopher
Paperback
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