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by Steve Wulf,Daniel Okrent

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  • ISBN 0195043960
  • ISBN13 978-0195043969
  • Language English
  • Author Steve Wulf,Daniel Okrent
  • Publisher Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 20, 1989)
  • Pages 368
  • Formats lrf lit rtf doc
  • Category Humour
  • Subcategory Humor
  • Size ePub 1729 kb
  • Size Fb2 1561 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 522

In the 150 years since its humble birth, baseball has shown an infinite capacity for exhilarating triumphs, heart-breaking losses, amusing blunders, and awe-inspiring feats. Willie Mays's amazing catch of Vic Wertz's monstrous drive in the 1954 World Series, Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world," the "Black Sox" Scandal of 1919, DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, even the pitiful 1962 Mets, who finished 60 games (or two full months) out of first place--these are all part of baseball lore and part of its allure. A banquet for baseball fans, Baseball Anecdotes offers a colorful and highly entertaining anecdotal history of America's National Pastime, from the founding of the first professional baseball team, Cincinnati's Red Stockings, by George Wright (the son of a famous English cricketer) and the forming of the first league (in a New York bar on St. Patrick's Day), to the miraculous comeback of the Mets in the Sixth Game of the 1986 World Series. Here you will meet the game's great innovators (from John Montgomery Ward, who invented the pitching mound--and also pitched the second perfect game in history--to Bill Veeck, who introduced the exploding scoreboard in Comiskey Park); the colorful eccentrics (such as King Kelly, who was accompanied off the field by a black monkey and a Japanese valet) and the self-effacing stars (such as Harmon Killebrew, who, when asked what his hobbies were, said, "Well, I like to wash dishes"); the penny-pinching owners (when Babe Ruth requested tickets for the Yankee's 1936 season opener at The House That Ruth Built, the team management said sure, just send in a check); and, most of all, the legendary players: Ruth, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Lefty Gomez, Sandy Koufax, Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle, and countless others. Along the way, readers are treated to instant replays of some of baseball's most memorable moments, such as Roger Maris' quest for Ruth's 61-home-run record, Don Larsen's perfect World Series game, and Ted Williams' final major league at bat (he hit a home run). Okrent and Wulf, two highly regarded baseball writers, touch all the bases in this vividly written volume, capturing the whole human drama of baseball in a cascade of stories that offers a nostalgic feast (or, as Yogi Berra would put it, "Deja vu all over again") as well as a fascinating introduction to baseball lore for the newest generation of fans.

Daniel Okrent, Steve Wulf. But alongside those stories passed from generation to generation, Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have assembled tales both hard-to-believe and a pleasure to read

Daniel Okrent, Steve Wulf. But alongside those stories passed from generation to generation, Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have assembled tales both hard-to-believe and a pleasure to read. From the Black Sox scandal to Bill Veeck’s bizarre promotions, from its icons and iconoclasts, from the humble origins of the game to the landmark moments that made it the national pastime, Baseball Anecdotes reveals the enthralling (and often amusing) game that goes on both on the field and behind the scenes of baseball.

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But alongside those stories passed from generation to generation, Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have assembled tales both hard-to-believe and a pleasure to read. A dandy introduction to the game.

Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have compiled over 300 pages of major league anecdotes and trivia, dating from pre-Civil War to the modern era. The authors begin with Alexander Cartright and Abner DoubleDay, and just keep on going. There's a lot here in these readable pages, from personalities like Cap Anson, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, et. to some of the more more successful and more colorful teams, key World Series', etc.

Daniel Okrent, Steve Wulf.

A banquet for baseball fans, Baseball Anecdotes offers a colorful and highly entertaining anecdotal history of America's National Pastime, from the founding of the first professional baseball team, Cincinnati's Red Stockings, by George Wright (the son of a famous English cricketer) and the forming of the first league (in a New York bar on St. Patrick's. Daniel Okrent, Steve Wulf.

But alongside those stories passed from generation to generation, Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have assembled tales both hard-to-believe and a. .You are leaving VitalSource and being redirected to Baseball Anecdotes. eTextbook Return Policy.

Okay as lightly enjoyable nostalgia, then, but a bunt single at best.

By no stretch of definition can Alexander be termed a freak, although he did favor the sauce and, on at least one occasion, put in a stint as a performer of sorts in attenuated conjunction with a circus of sorts.

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Dishadel
For anyone wanting to know quite a bit about baseball, from the earliest beginnings through 1990 (when the book was published), this is the book for you. In addition to including many anecdotes, the book is an easy read because no topic is more than about 2 pages long. A great book if you want to read a few minutes before going to bed, in a doctor's office, or any other place when you do not have a lot of time to read. I heartily recommend the book for anyone interested in baseball lore.
Querlaca
Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have compiled over 300 pages of major league anecdotes and trivia, dating from pre-Civil War to the modern era. The authors begin with Alexander Cartright and Abner DoubleDay, and just keep on going. There's a lot here in these readable pages, from personalities like Cap Anson, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, etc., to some of the more more successful and more colorful teams, key World Series', etc. The book covers each era, from the post-civil war teams of the later 1800's, to the dead ball era, the roaring 1920's, the Depression and War years, postwar baseball, expansion, etc. Hard core fans will recognize many of the anecdotes, but there's so many here that some are bound to be new. Actually, I wish the authors had included more pages of information, but this still makes good reading for baseball fans.

Thinking fans should also read Okrent's NINE INNINGS, a dated but superb look at baseball and baseball strategy.
Umsida
This book does a great job of telling stories about Yankees, Red Socks, and the Yankees.
This book has a lot of history and, unfortunately, a lot of actual quotes (profanity and all)! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, I just can't let my son read it.
There was more listed in the book about Steinbrenner's early years as the Yankees' owner than the decade of the Big Red Machine and the oldest professional baseball team combined. I admit that I am a Reds' fan.
Manazar
Here is a treasury of great stories from the game of baseball. Collected and ordered from the 1800's down to today. You see some of the great characters from the game, and a look back to simpler times. Some very amusing stories are sure to keep you interested.
Dancing Lion
For those of us who love the history of baseball as much as the game itself, this is a, "must get".

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

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

With the unearthing of Charles Conlon's negatives they would have a trove of other 18,000 images to choose from - most of which have yet to be published in this half of the century. (Only a fraction of these incredible images made it into the Abram's book, "The Golden Age of Baseball")

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

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