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The Britannica Guide to Baseball

The Britannica Guide to Baseball

by Adam Augustyn, Hope Lourie Killcoyne (Editor), Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. Staff (Contribution by)

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VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
Britannica's The World of Sports series includes four volumes, one each dedicated to baseball, football, basketball and soccer. These slim, small format titles begin with chapters addressing the historical background of the sport followed by a section describing play. All volumes wind up with chapters that provide biographical thumbnails of important players and appendices of championship records. To different degrees, the books provide additional chapters of information unique to the sport. Layout and writing style are consistent throughout the four volumes and all make heavy use of color photographs and interspersed boxed features on events or personalities significant to their sport. The Britannica Guide to Baseball, at 270 pages, is the longest and strongest of the set. The historical section includes articles on segregation, Jackie Robinson and the Black Sox scandal, as well as a survey of labor issues during the professional era, the amateur game, and international leagues. The second chapter, "Analyzing Baseball," introduces statistics in a game so enamored with gathering numbers. It provides a basic overview, but also explains subtle changes in their significance through the history of their collection. The chapter on game play also provides greater depth than its counterparts in the series and includes explanations of why a curve ball curves and how pitching strategy changes with base runners. Less strong but more substantive than either the basketball or soccer titles is The Britannica Guide to Football. Its chapter "The Changing Face of Football" includes articles on the sport's unique relationship to television, franchise movement, and end zone dances. The title on basketball rates third and includes little beyond the very basics. Soccer, the shortest volume at 174 pages, is the most disappointing. All titles lack depth. Their reliance on numerous but inadequate biographical profiles is unfortunate. Series titles will serve as respectable basic source material for researchers, but students exploring a technical, historical, or controversial facet of the sport will have to look elsewhere. All titles would be strengthened had they included information about the changing nature of the game in the sections on principals of play and bibliographies specific to their chapter content. (The World of Sports) Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan

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