Baseball: 100 Classic Moments in the History of the Game

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Through words and pictures, this book tells the story of the greatest game ever played. Over four hundred photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame make this elegant volume essential to any baseball fan's library. Full-page spreads depict classic moments in baseball's history, covering all of the triumph, heartache, glory and even the scandal of this nation's favorite game. Whether reading through the text, or browsing the pictures and sidebars, this book is perfect ...
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Overview

Through words and pictures, this book tells the story of the greatest game ever played. Over four hundred photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame make this elegant volume essential to any baseball fan's library. Full-page spreads depict classic moments in baseball's history, covering all of the triumph, heartache, glory and even the scandal of this nation's favorite game. Whether reading through the text, or browsing the pictures and sidebars, this book is perfect for any sports fan or historian.

For pure nostalgia, it's hard to beat Dorling Kindersley's Baseball. (Publishers Weekly)

A highly addictive read. (Maxim Online)

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Brimming with DK's visual flair, this stunning coffee-table book is also immensely readable, chronicling 100 legendary people and events in baseball's long and colorful history. The vivid images and informative essays make for a perfect blend.
Abilene Reporter
The most beautiful addition to my baseball library.
Asbury Park Press
Any avid baseball fan will enjoy reliving these most monumental moments.
Bookpage
Another gem int he quest to pick the best. Moments moves through the years like newsreels played in old movie theaters.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Culling the top 100 events out of over 150, 000 major league contests is a Herculean endeavor, and the authors do a marvelous job.
Dallas Morning News
Attractive illustrations and an appealing text.
Maxim
A highly addictive read.
New Orleans Times Picayune
Baseball fans will pore over the stunning gallery of photographs and text.
Sacramento Bee
Excellent photographs of baseball's greatest players.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789451217
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/23/2000
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
Chapter 1 1900-1919: A Sport ... and a Scandal 10
Chapter 2 1920-1941: The Home Run Saves the Game 46
Chapter 3 1942-1960: The War and Post-War Period 100
Chapter 4 1961-1974: Expansion 156
Chapter 5 1975-1999: Today's Game 232
Index 306
Photo Credits 320
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Great Illustrated Anthology for Experienced and New Fans!

    The strength of this book is found in the many detailed and interesting essays about the evolution of professional baseball over the last 100 years. The essays are emotionally highlighted by some of the best baseball photography you can hope to see. The book was done in cooperation with the Baseball Hall of Fame in conjunction with its 1997 photography show. Clearly, many people will receive this book as a gift. I suggest it especially for youngsters who are developing their first interest in baseball. At that age, there is an insatiable thirst for knowledge that this wonderful volume can help to quench. Experienced fans will also enjoy receiving it, so keep it in mind for birthdays and occasions like Father's and Mother's Days. The book is divided into five chapters: 1900-1919: A Sport . . . And A Scandal 1920-1941: The Home Run Saves the Game 1942-1960: The War and Post-War Period 1961-1974: Expansion 1975-1999: Today's Game Each chapter begins with an essay about the entire period covered. Then the chapter highlights 20 events from that period. A brief summary begins each of the 100 events, followed by a detailed essay with numerous photographs. So you can quickly scan the book to find something that interests you (the index is good for finding your favorite players, teams, and events), and leave book marks on sections you want to return to. The choice of subjects is varied and interesting. You get great moments in baseball (Babe Ruth 'calling' his home run in the World Series, Bobbie Thompson's shot heard round the world, Roger Maris's 61st home run, and Nolan Ryan talking about his 7 no-hitters). In addition, you get historic moments like when Jackie Robinson first played for the Dodgers, the trading of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees, the first night game, and the first World Series. Beyond that you get the serious challenges to the game such as the Black Sox scandal, the evaporation of attendance after television coverage started, and teams moving onto new cities. You also get the oddball events like Bill Veeck's continuous promotional activities (including a midget coming to bat), the New York Giants refusing to play in the 1904 World Series because the American League was made up of 'minor league teams,' and games being lost because of 'bonehead' plays (like a baserunner failing to touch second base on a winning hit). I also considered the book from the perspective of someone who has been a Dodger fan for 47 years. Every moment that I most cherished from that period is highlighted somewhere in this book. One thing that surprised me was that I had no other books about baseball as a whole before acquiring this one. I wonder how I happened to miss this way of enjoying baseball? If you are like me, you too will be glad you have a chance to enjoy your memories and acquire new and interesting information about baseball. In my case, I was fascinated to see the baseball parks in Boston that preceded Fenway Park, that were used by the Red Sox and the Braves. The depth of this book is impressive in many ways, as well. For example, if someone did something

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