23 Ways to Get to First Base: The ESPN Sports Uncyclopedia

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Written for the fan who needs to know it all, 23 Ways to Get to First Base is the first comprehensive collection of on-the-tip-of-your-tongue sports knowledge that's sure to become must-have reading and the ultimate bar-bet referee. 23 Ways to Get to First Base explores the true operating system of sports, the facts and figures, dates and data that fans think they know or wish they did. It's a one-of-a-kind potpourri of sports information, presented in an entertaining and visually arresting assortment of lists, ...
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Overview

Written for the fan who needs to know it all, 23 Ways to Get to First Base is the first comprehensive collection of on-the-tip-of-your-tongue sports knowledge that's sure to become must-have reading and the ultimate bar-bet referee. 23 Ways to Get to First Base explores the true operating system of sports, the facts and figures, dates and data that fans think they know or wish they did. It's a one-of-a-kind potpourri of sports information, presented in an entertaining and visually arresting assortment of lists, charts, graphs, time lines, and short narratives, including:

--All eight positions in Abbott & Costello's classic "Who's on First" routine
--Every sports-related phobia
--The full text of Bill Murray's "Cinderella Story" speech from Caddyshack
--The name of every athlete who has guest-starred on The Simpsons
--And, of course, the 23 ways a baseball player can safely reach first base

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This sports "uncyclopedia" won't tell you who won the 1912 Preakness, but it does list every athlete who has guest-starred on The Simpsons. Instead of drab databases, 23 Ways to Get to First Base provides the official names, weights, monetary value, and history of major sports trophies; the names of the original Rotisserie League teams; and all eight positions in Abbott & Costello's classic "Who's on First?" comedy routine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933060101
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Belsky is an executive editor at ESPN The Magazine and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. He is the author of several books, including On Second Thought: 365 Of The Worst Promises, Predictions, And Pronouncements Ever Made. He lives in New York City.Neil Fine is also an executive editor at ESPN The Magazine. Along with Gary Belsky, he is one of the co-authors of Answer Guy: Extinguishing the Burning Questions of Sports with the Water Bucket of Truth, but he is not as much of a know-it-all.
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