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Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball
     

Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball

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by Dan Formosa, Paul Hamburger
 

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The Baseball Field Guide is an armchair reference guide to the sport. It organizes and explains the vague, misleading, confusing, inconsistent, and obscure rules governing America's favorite pastime. This book is thorough, covering all the rules from the most basic to the most obtuse. Easy-to-use, it is designed to facilitate quick and intuitive searches. The

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The Baseball Field Guide is an armchair reference guide to the sport. It organizes and explains the vague, misleading, confusing, inconsistent, and obscure rules governing America's favorite pastime. This book is thorough, covering all the rules from the most basic to the most obtuse. Easy-to-use, it is designed to facilitate quick and intuitive searches. The guide offers several tools to help navigate through the thicket of information, including a logical sequence of topics, a helpful table of contents, a comprehensive index, and richly cross-referenced information. The breadth and depth of The Baseball Field Guide will satisfy the most dedicated fan's interest in details and minutia, offering hours of random browsing as a source of entertainment. This is a necessary resource for any fan, an excellent gift for those who have followed baseball for years, or for those who have just discovered the game.

Editorial Reviews

You don't have to be a Martian to find this book useful. Now in its second edition, the Baseball Field Guide can be read as a clearly written first primer on the rules of the sport or a refresher course on points that you have forgotten or just never learned. For example, how many of you out there know how many interleague games are played each season? The attractive, no-frills illustrations walk you through real game situations including making outs, stealing bases, and tagging up.
From the Publisher

“Splendidly clear and concise.”—Boston Globe

“A useful and entertaining resource.”Choice

“Unlike the official rulebook, which has codes as dense as the Dewey Decimal System, this illustrated reference is easy to read and covers everything.”San Diego Union-Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306816536
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Series:
Baseball Field Guide: an in-Depth Illustrated Guide to The Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Formosa, Ph.D. is a consultant in design and design research, developing successful products for companies worldwide. He holds an undergraduate degree in industrial design and both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He was a member of the design team for IBM's first personal computer. His work on OXO Good Grips kitchen tools is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. His work for HewlettPackard continues to earn awards, helping transform that company into a consumer-friendly entity. Recent awards include Fortune Magazine's Best Products of 2003, the 2004 Medical Design Excellence Award, and two 2004 Gold Design Awards from BusinessWeek.

Before opening his own firm, Aisle 3 Communication Design, Paul Hamburger had been director of graphic design at Smart Design, an internationally recognized design consultancy based in New York and San Francisco specializing in consumer products, communications and branding. In his role as lead designer for the graphic discipline at Smart Design, he has directed projects for branding and identity, consumer packaging, promotional campaigns, display and merchandising systems, exhibit and tradeshow design, web design, user interface and information design. Among the clients he has worked with are Hewlett Packard, Polaroid, Toshiba, Issey Miyake, OXO, Joe Boxer, A.T. Cross, Kepner-Tregoe and LG Electronics. Several of Paul's projects have received awards including Business Week's IDEA Gold Award, several IDEA silver awards, How Magazine's International Design Competition “Best of Show,” and ID Magazine's Designer Choice Award. His work has also been recognized in books and magazines including Inc Magazine, ID, How and Print. He has been an adjunct professor of packaging design at Parsons School of Design in New York City since 1997.

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Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Are you wondering about that call the umpire made during last night¿s game? Or are you completely new to the game, but your significant other is a diehard baseball fan so you just want to get a basic understanding of the game? Whether you¿re a die-hard fan of America¿s pastime, a complete newbie to the sport, or somewhere in between, Baseball Field Guide is a must have. This book, without a doubt, is the one to get whether you want to learn the basics of the game, or just want some clarification on an ambiguous rule. The book is extremely well organized and easy to read, covering everything from the most basic rules to the complex ones. It starts with a very basic explanation of baseball 'which, if you live in the U.S., Canada, or anywhere else where baseball is a popular sport, you might be tempted to skip', but then moves on to more and more detailed and complex issues, leaving no stone unturned. The book explains everything in plain English, so you¿ll understand what the authors are talking about even if you don¿t know a lot of baseball slang. Along with the explanations, there are lots of pictures and diagrams depicting what is explained in the text, including field dimensions and equipment 'bat, ball, gloves etc.' specifications. The book goes into great detail here you¿ll be amazed how specific the rules of Major League Baseball get when it comes to equipment and field specifications. Among other things, you¿ll find out how long a bat must be, what is and isn¿t allowed to be displayed on jerseys, and exactly how many stitches a baseball must have. Fascinating stuff! I highly recommend Baseball Field Guide regardless of how much you know about baseball. Whether you¿re a novice or an expert, this book is simply the best there is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book from my grandpa, and I'm glad you gave it to him.. This book is very informative and details everything down to the stitching on the balls... Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more of your works.. Thanks again Greg D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I still listen to ball games on the radio..I'm on the couch,feet up,newspapers and books within reach.I'm drifting between the game and what I'm reading and a balk is called on the pichter..hmm, I've gotta look that up...and thanks to the BASEBALL FIELD GUIDE, I find out there are eleven ways to commit a balk....the book's great ..beautifully designed,informative and concise and inspite of me being a rooter for that other local baseball organization,mr hamburger,,,,,I love the book!!