Baseball Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Baseball

Baseball Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Baseball

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by Matthew Silverman
     
 

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Why does a curveball curve? What is a “can of corn”? Why was Joe DiMaggio called the “Yankee Clipper”? “Who wrote “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”? How many times did Ty Cobb steal home?

In Baseball Miscellany, the fascinating history and lore of our national pastime is finally revealed! For example, the reason a

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Why does a curveball curve? What is a “can of corn”? Why was Joe DiMaggio called the “Yankee Clipper”? “Who wrote “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”? How many times did Ty Cobb steal home?

In Baseball Miscellany, the fascinating history and lore of our national pastime is finally revealed! For example, the reason a curveball curves is that its spin drags a layer of air across one surface of the ball faster than it does across the opposite surface. A “can of corn” is slang for an easy-to-catch fly ball, the term originating from a general store clerk reaching up and dropping a can from a high shelf. Sportswriters dubbed Joe DiMaggio the “Yankee Clipper” because he glided about the outfield with beauty and grace, like a clipper ship on the ocean. The lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” were written in 1908 by vaudeville star Jack Norworth, who, while riding the subway, was inspired by a sign that said “Baseball Today—Polo Grounds.” And the great Ty Cobb stole home a whopping fifty-four times—fifty more than the career leader in total stolen bases, Rickey Henderson.

Packed with all manner of delightful surprises, beautiful illustrations and photographs, and delicious nuggets of information, Baseball Miscellany demystifies the origins and customs of America’s most celebrated game. From spring training through the World Series, you’ll be entertained with fun, little-known facts. Why do baseball players wear stirrup socks? Who invented the catcher’s mask? What Major League team passed up on signing eighteen-year-old Willie Mays in 1949? Settle into your favorite armchair, grab some peanuts or Cracker Jacks, and find out!

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Library Journal
Baseball writer Silverman (Mets Essential) pens a volume that answers 27 intriguing questions about baseball, patterned after the 27 outs required to win a game, a format that limits the book's length. This is unfortunate, for the author writes with skill and could have added many more questions (the subtitle exaggerates). The galley also suffers from factual errors, which may be corrected in the finished book (e.g., the galley omits the 1975–76 Cincinnati Reds from a list of teams who won back-to-back World Series). In spite of the book lacking both a bibliography and index, for what it does contain it is highly recommended for all baseball fans.—R.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616081966
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
03/09/2011
Series:
Books of Miscellany Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Silverman is co-author of Mets by the Numbers, Red Sox by the Numbers, Mets Essential, and 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. He served as managing editor of The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia and associate editor for The 2008 Baseball Encyclopedia. He lives in High Falls, New York.

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