The Baseball Maniac?s Almanac

The Absolutely, Positively, and without Question Greatest Book of Facts, Figures, and Astonishing Lists Ever Compiled

Author: Bert Randolph Sugar

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1613218648

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 428

View: 4475

An addictive read that is sure to spark conversation wherever baseball is spoken, this updated edition of The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac is part reference, part trivia, part brain teaser, and absolutely the most unusual and thorough compendium of baseball stats and facts ever assembled—all verified for accuracy by the Baseball Hall of Fame. In its pages, renowned sportswriter Bert Randolph Sugar presents thousands of fascinating lists, tables, data, and stimulating facts. Inside, you’ll find: Highest batting averages not to win batting titles Home-run leaders by state of birth Players on last-place teams leading the league in RBIs, by season Most triples by position, season Winners of two “legs” of triple crown since last winner Oldest pitchers with losing record, leading league in ERA Career pitching leaders under six feet tall Managers replaced wile team was in first place Hall of Famers whose sons played in the majors Babe Ruth’s yearly salary Players with palindromic surnames And so much more! Not just a collection of facts or records, this is a book of glorious fun that will astound even the most bookish baseball fan. Read up and amaze your friends! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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Baseball America 2018 Almanac

Author: N.A

Publisher: Baseball America

ISBN: 9781932391756

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 528

View: 8528

The Baseball America Almanac has always been the best baseball annual, and now it's the only book on the market that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2017 The 2017 baseball season will be one to remember, and no book offers a more complete capsule of the year than the Baseball America Almanac, which takes you all the way from winter ball to the World Series. The 2018 Almanac has all the major league and minor league news and statistics, a review of every organization's season, comprehensive college coverage, a full recap of the 2017 draft, high school and youth baseball highlights, and even foreign league coverage
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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

Author: Bill James

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439106938

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1024

View: 3738

When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball.” Now, baseball's beloved “Sultan of Stats” (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium. Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century's worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you'll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James's signature stats-based ratings method called “Win Shares,” a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there's more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.
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Baseball America 2017 Almanac

Comprehensive Review of the 2016 Season

Author: N.A

Publisher: Baseball America

ISBN: 9781932391688

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 528

View: 940

The Baseball America Almanac has always been the best baseball annual, and now it's the only book on the market that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2016, including the Cubs' amazing run to a World Series title. The 2016 baseball season was one to remember, highlighted by an amazing World Series that ended in the Cubs' first championship in more than a century, and no book offers a more complete capsule of the year than the Baseball America Almanac, which takes you all the way from winter ball to the World Series. The 2017 Almanac has all the major league and minor league news and statistics, a review of every organization's season, comprehensive college coverage, a full recap of the 2016 draft, high school and youth baseball highlights, and even foreign league coverage.
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The Baseball Almanac

Big Bodacious Book of Baseball

Author: Dan Schlossberg

Publisher: Triumph Books (IL)

ISBN: 9781572436176

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 7195

Providing trivia buffs with many seasons of entertainment, "The Baseball Almanac" covers every aspect of the game, from the hot dog to the hot corner, plus nicknames, quotations, origins, superstitions, and memorable moments. Color photos throughout.
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Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame

Author: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451676727

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 1124

Featuring more than 200 full-color photographs, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame brings to vivid life the greatest treasures of baseball’s shrine, most of them rarely if ever displayed to visitors. For any baseball fan, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is the thrill of a lifetime—no matter how many times you visit. But whether you go only once in your lifetime or make the pilgrimage annually, you’ll never be able to see every treasure in the museum’s collections. With Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame, readers can go behind the scenes to see seldom- or never-displayed items from among the 40,000 treasures in Cooperstown, in addition to some of the most important and popular items on exhibit at the museum—all gorgeously photographed in color. Captions written by Hall of Fame experts explain each object’s significance and relate unique stories associated with it. Here are just a few highlights from the nearly 200 objects in this beautiful book: -An 1887 ball-strike indicator from the only season when it took five balls to walk and four strikes to strike out -Pitcher Harvey Haddix’s glove from the 1959 game when he pitched 12 perfect innings—and lost 1–0 in the 13th -Shoeless Joe Jackson’s shoes -The Wonderboy bat and trombone case that Robert Redford used in The Natural -Rube Waddell’s glove from his 4–2, 20-inning victory over Cy Young on July 4, 1905 -A promissory note from the sale of Babe Ruth by Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert -The bat Joe Carter used to hit his 1993 World Series–ending home run -The oldest known photograph of two baseball teams, the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Excelsiors, taken on a ball field in 1859 Whether you’re a dedicated student of the game’s history or a newcomer to our National Pastime, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame will fascinate you. You’ll find a surprising photograph or a story you didn’t know, complete with new insight into America’s game and culture. Take the trip of a lifetime inside baseball’s national museum and discover the game’s fabulous history—or reawaken beloved memories.
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Ballplayer

Author: Chipper Jones,Carroll R. Walton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101984406

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 2351

The eight-time All-Star switch-hitter for the Atlanta Braves shares the story of his remarkable career against a backdrop of meteoric free agency years, offering additional insights into the larger stories of the Braves and Major League Baseball.
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501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die

Author: Ron Kaplan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080324648X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 4871

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.
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Uncle Robbie

Author: Jack Kavanagh,Norman Lee Macht

Publisher: Society for Amer Baseball

ISBN: 9780910137768

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 4764

Hall of Fame member Wilbert Robinson began his career as a catcher. As a Baltimore Oriole in the 1890s the hard-nosed but congenial receiver joined John McGraw, Wee Willie Keeler, and other greats on the roughest team of the game’s toughest era. He went on to make a reputation with McGraw’s New York Giants as a great developer of pitchers. Subsequently he took over the Brooklyn Dodgers, quickly turning them into pennant winners and gradually becoming the borough’s beloved Uncle Robbie.
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Summerland

Author: Michael Chabon

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007388969

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 7853

An unforgettable novel from one of America’s greatest living storytellers, ‘Summerland’ is about redemption and the true nature of heroism.
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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016

Author: Sarah Janssen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1600572006

Category: Reference

Page: 1008

View: 2367

Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this essential resource The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2016 edition of The World Almanac® reviews the events of 2015 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more. Features include: • The Year in Review: The World Almanac® takes a look back at 2015 while providing all the information you'll need in 2016. • 2015—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held their attention in 2015. • 2015—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the first College Football Playoff, the Women's World Cup, 2015 World Series, and much more. • 2015—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2015, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports. • 2015—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year. • World Almanac® Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2015, from news and sports to pop culture. • U.S. Immigration: A Statistical Feature: The World Almanac® covers the historical background, statistics, and legal issues surrounding immigration, giving factual context to one of the hot-button topics of the upcoming election cycle. • World Almanac® Editors' Picks: Most Memorable Super Bowls: On the eve of Super Bowl 50, the editors of The World Almanac® choose the most memorable "big games." • New Employment Statistics: Five years after the peak of the great recession, The World Almanac® takes a look at current and historic data on employment and unemployment, industries generating job growth, and the training and educational paths that lead to careers. • 2016 Election Guide: With a historic number of contenders for the presidential nominations, The World Almanac® provides information that every primary- and general-election voter will need to make an informed decision in 2016, including information on state primaries, campaign fundraising, and the issues voters care about most in 2016. • The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac® provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world. • and much more.
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FreeDarko Presents: The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac

Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game

Author: Bethlehem Shoals,Lawyer IndianChief,Anna Rotkirch,Silverbird 5000

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

ISBN: 9781596915619

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 7296

The indispensible, amazingly illustrated companion to today's NBA—a roundball Rosetta Stone that hilariously decodes the trends and tendencies of pro basketball. The NBA of the moment is a league of hugely charismatic celebrities, crackling aesthetic intrigue, sociopolitical undercurrents, and raw humanity: every Kobe Bryant pump-fake or LeBron James dunk holds within it a Shaq-size load of meaning. The Macro-Phenomenal NBA Almanac is a one-of-a-kind guide to this tumultuous and exciting league. In a series of brilliantly illustrated chapters—from Master Builders like Tim Duncan to Destiny’s Kids like Amare Stoudemire to Lost Souls like Lamar Odom—the almanac breaks down the styles of the NBA’s most colorful characters, showing what each one reveals through his play and conduct, both on the court and off. Filled with some of the smartest, funniest sportswriting known to fankind, this book will cast an entirely new light on one of our favorite games.
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The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia

Author: Gary Gillette,Pete Palmer

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781402747717

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1808

View: 4910

Details statistics from American professional baseball teams and players from 1900 through the previous season, including draft information, lists of award winners and world champion teams, career records, Negro League statistics, and facts about the teams, managers, ballparks, and more. Original.
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The Baseball Hall of Shame

The Best of Blooperstown

Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762784008

Category: Humor

Page: 296

View: 3780

From 1985 to 1992, The Baseball Hall of Shame series chronicled more than 100 years of baseball goofs and gaffes, selling more than 700,000 copies. Now, the authors of the most offbeat baseball books ever written are back, featuring their looniest lineup of classic stories and inducting their first new class of Hall of Shamers in twenty years. Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo cover everything from the battiest batters and craziest fielding fiascoes to the dumbest ballpark promotions and screwiest fan behavior. Hall of Shamers include outfielder Lou "The Mad Russian" Novikoff, who insisted his wife taunt him from the stands because it made him a better hitter... Pitcher Burleigh Grimes, who was so mean that he threw a beanball at the on-deck hitter... Outfielder Ping Bodie, who out-ate Percy the ostrich for the spaghetti-eating championship of the world... and Babe Ruth, who wore ladies' silk stockings for good luck. Among the new inductees are Ken Griffey Jr., who put a cow in manager Lou Piniella's office to pay off a steak dinner bet... Manny Ramirez, who abandoned left field to go to the bathroom during a game... and David "Big Papi" Ortiz, whose underwear was smeared with peanut butter as payback for the pranks he pulled on teammates. Filled with more than 200 stories and packed with photos, The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown is the most hilarious homage to the national pastime ever assembled, and a fitting testament to the Hall's motto: "Fame and shame are part of the game."
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The Louisville Baseball Almanac

Author: Philip Von Borries

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1614232733

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 6578

Though long associated with fine bourbons, riverboats and champion Thoroughbreds, Louisville, Kentucky, is home to another icon--the Louisville slugger. The Louisville Baseball Almanac presents the first-ever comprehensive look at the rich history of professional teams, ballplayers and managers, a history that runs deep within the city. Originally a major-league city that won a pennant in 1890, the early Louisville teams gave rise to a host of legends and eccentrics, in equal measure. And ever since, Louisville has maintained a strong position in baseball history as a top-flight minor league city. Red Sox, Yankee, Dodger, Reds and Cardinals fans--baseball fans --have Louisville to thank for launching the careers of some of the game's most memorable players. Louisville baseball historian Philip Von Borries recounts the breadth of Louisville's ballplaying heritage, his text complemented by numerous vintage photographs.
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The Areas of My Expertise

Author: John Hodgman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101653612

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 5836

In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman—which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking: -What are the mottoes of the 51 United States? THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED -Who were the U.S. presidents who had hooks for hands? THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED -What role does the Yale secret society “Skull and Bones” play in the secret world government? THERE IS NO SECRET WORLD GOVERNMENT -What was the menu at the first Thanksgiving, and did it include eels? Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both... LATER. -Aside from a compendium of fake trivia, what is the best kind of book to write? A SIMPLE TABLE OF THE 55 MOST DRAMATIC LITERARY SITUATIONS PROVIDES THE ANSWER, and John Hodgman is the author of that table. Imagine if The Book of Lists had been rewritten by Peter Cook and Jorge Luis Borges under the pseudonym of “John Hodgman” and then renamed The Areas of My Expertise, and you will only begin to have a sense of the dizzying, uproarious, sublimely weird, and strangely wise journey that is contained within this book (along with all the pages and words). Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake trivia, The Areas of My Expertise offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share—and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies...or as true. Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.
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Baseball America 2016 Almanac

Comprehensive Review of the 2015 Season

Author: Josh Leventhal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781932391602

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 528

View: 1731

Always the best baseball annual, and now the only book that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary to help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2015. The 2015 baseball season was one to remember, and on book offers you a more complete recap of the year than the Baseball America Almanac, which takes you all the way from winter ball to the World Series. The 2015 Almanac has all the major and minor league news and statistics, a review of every organization's season, comprehensive college coverage, a full recap of the 2015 draft, high school and youth baseball news, and even foreign and winter league coverage.
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The Major League Baseball Ultimate Book of Records

An Official MLB Publication

Author: Major League Baseball

Publisher: FENN-M&S

ISBN: 0771057350

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

View: 2250

Since the first pitch was thrown, MLB has tracked the performance of every team and player, documented every hit and measured every home run. And while some plays are part of the everyday game, there are moments in baseball when a player's performance reaches a new level of greatness and new records are made. The Major League Baseball Ultimate Book of Records catalogs the game's most remarkable achievements, as well as some of the less traditional and quirky stats that all play a part in the game. MLB's team of in-house writers, researchers and historians have scoured the history of the game and written the most accurate, complete and definitive record of baseball stats and achievements. Major League Baseball Ultimate Book of Records documents the absolute best of the best and packs each achievement into this lavishly illustrated book where fans will be treated to never-before-seen photographs of their favourite players. Double-page spreads will show Henderson racing to second base to claim the stolen base record, while another full color spread celebrates Bond's crushing hit that set a new threshold for most home-runs. All the records are here, each with an account of events and spectacular photographs that make this truly the most spectacular baseball book ever published.
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