Can a Dead Man Strike Out?: Offbeat Baseball Questions and Their Improbable Answers

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Fascinating vignettes that provide the true accounts behind baseball’s most unbelievable circumstances fill Can a Dead Man Strike Out?, an engaging collection of questions and narratives from every period in the history of America’s favorite pastime. Unlike standard trivia books, it is the stories behind the answers—and not the answers themselves—that provide the entertaining surprises.

For example, the answer to the question, “Who was the first outfielder to throw out three ...

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Overview


Fascinating vignettes that provide the true accounts behind baseball’s most unbelievable circumstances fill Can a Dead Man Strike Out?, an engaging collection of questions and narratives from every period in the history of America’s favorite pastime. Unlike standard trivia books, it is the stories behind the answers—and not the answers themselves—that provide the entertaining surprises.

For example, the answer to the question, “Who was the first outfielder to throw out three batters at home plate in one game?” tells the story of “Dummy” Hoy, a deaf mute who had a distinguished 14-year career, and whose disability may have led umpires to use hand and arm gestures when calling balls and strikes.

Baseball historians, statisticians, trivia buffs, die-hard fans, and anyone intrigued by the subtleties of the game will find hours of pleasure in this unique look at our national pastime.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781891661495
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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Mark S. Halfon is a philosophy professor and the author of Integrity: A Philosophical Inquiry and coeditor of Norms and Values. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Batter Up! 15
Home Runs 15
Hits and More Hits 27
Batting Records 34
Batting Awards and Titles 39
Chapter 2 Here Comes the Pitch 47
Perfect Games 47
No-hitters 52
Pitching Records 62
Strikeouts and Bases on Balls 78
Chapter 3 Fielding Gems 87
Triple Plays 87
Fielding Feats 92
Fielding Records and Awards 96
Chapter 4 Extra Innings 103
Baseball Bonanza 103
Pitching Oddities 113
Team Records 121
Chapter 5 The Fall Classic 131
Chapter 6 Baseball Puzzlers 145
Addendum: The Good Old Rules 155
Bibliography 159
Name Index 161
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    The Title Says It All

    Interesting and fun book of baseball trivia and history!!! This book is full of surprises about the baseball greats like Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire as well of some of the players and the rules you've never heard of. Great for both the baseball historian and the casual fan. I highly recomend it!

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