Baseball Brain Teasers: Major League Puzzlers

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Baseball expert challenges you to make the call on recent and classic bizarre major-league plays that really happened. For example, how would you handle a ball that bounced off a fielder's head? "Enjoyable and informative for all ages. Recommended."--Book Report. "Belongs in every sports collection."--School Library Journal.

Presents puzzling or ambiguous baseball questions derived from real events, such as "Can two pitchers be in the same team's lineup at the same ...

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Overview

Baseball expert challenges you to make the call on recent and classic bizarre major-league plays that really happened. For example, how would you handle a ball that bounced off a fielder's head? "Enjoyable and informative for all ages. Recommended."--Book Report. "Belongs in every sports collection."--School Library Journal.

Presents puzzling or ambiguous baseball questions derived from real events, such as "Can two pitchers be in the same team's lineup at the same time?" and gives the answers based on the rule book.

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Gr 5-9 Baseball, as one of the very few team sports without a clock, is among the slowest of games. This leaves time for statistics, anecdotes, and trivia such as this collection of odd incidents connected with the myriad of rules that control the game. Is a ball that bounces off a player's head and into the center field stands a double or a homer? Can a batter switch his hitting stance from right to left while he's at the plate? All of the strange events are based upon actual incidents, and names, time, and place are provided. Black-and-white cartoon drawings decorate the text. Good for browsing (and arguing), this type of book belongs in every sports collection. Robert Unsworth, Scarsdale Jr . High School , N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806962849
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1 Is That All There is to Base Running? 7
Who's on Third? 7
Second Comes First 9
You Can't Touch 'em All 10
Who Says You Can't Steal First? 12
Touching Base 14
The Runner Who Balked 15
Takeout for Two 17
The Bounce Slide 18
The Shortest Distance 20
Tail-End Play 21
Runner in Reverse 22
The Runner's Route 24
Who Blew the Cover? 26
Hit Behind a Fielder 27
Missing the Bag 28
2 Off the Fence 29
Inside-the-Park Homer 29
A Heads-Up Play 31
Eight Men on the Field 32
The Silent Speaker 34
Umpire's Judgment 35
Fan Interference 36
Pick-off or Pick-up? 37
The Ground-Rule Triple 38
3 Tricky Tactics 39
The Player-Pitcher Switch 39
The Sidewinder 40
Hitting for the Cycle 41
Who Is That Masked Man? 42
The Element of Surprise 44
Switch-Hitting Strikeout 45
The Reckless Runner 46
An Aggressive Mistake 47
Bigger Is Better 48
Caught with the Evidence 50
Double Jeopardy 51
It Could Have Been 52
Everything to Gain 53
The Second Squeeze 54
4 Fair is Fair 55
The Fair Foul 55
Foul's Fair 57
5 The Umpire Rules Supreme 59
The Four-Out Inning 59
Pine-Tar Plays 61
The Fake-Out 64
The Run Stealer 65
The Infield(?) Fly 66
It's Not Over Till It's Over 68
The Umpire Always Wins 71
What's the Pitch? 72
The Cunning Catcher 74
Not on My Time 75
Home Run Chase 77
Teamwork 78
Passed Ball, Passed Chance 79
The Costly Call 81
Inside the Lines 81
A Catchy Situation 83
The Five-Minute Forfeit 84
Stretching the Rules 86
A Hit's a Hit 87
Caught in the Act 88
The Trap-Ball Trap 90
Trapped Ball Call 91
End of Argument 92
Bad Timing 93
Batting Out of Turn 94
6 Watch Your Step as You Leave 95
Merkle's Boner 95
Heads-Down Plays 97
Intent Breeds Discontent 98
A Rookie Mistake 100
What's the Score? 103
Reverse Strategy 104
7 Let Them Laugh 105
The Wayward Ball 105
Winfield Gets the Bird 107
Too Tempting to Take 108
"Who Said That?" 109
The Hip Play 110
Adding Insult to Injury 112
An Itch(y) Pitch 114
You Can't Do That 115
Throwing Behind the Runner 116
The Hasty Retreat 118
Double-Play Dynamite 119
The Walking Lead 120
Kick Ball 121
The Tricky Twosome 122
The Hidden-Ball Trick 124
Index 126
About the Author 128
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