The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

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"The Dickson Baseball Dictionary is the most complete resource on the lexicon of baseball in the English language. More than twenty-five years in the making, with the help of more than 400 baseball and lexical experts, this masterful third edition, expanded by more than 30 percent, with over 10,000 terms and 18,000 individual definitions, provides the comprehensive history and meanings of words and phrases from around the world of baseball." Drawing on dozens of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals, as well as contemporary sources, ...
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Overview

"The Dickson Baseball Dictionary is the most complete resource on the lexicon of baseball in the English language. More than twenty-five years in the making, with the help of more than 400 baseball and lexical experts, this masterful third edition, expanded by more than 30 percent, with over 10,000 terms and 18,000 individual definitions, provides the comprehensive history and meanings of words and phrases from around the world of baseball." Drawing on dozens of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals, as well as contemporary sources, Paul Dickson's brilliant, illuminating definitions trace the earliest appearances of our most treasured baseball expressions. Termed "baseball's Webster," Dickson has spent nearly a decade painstakingly revising and writing new entries, for words both well-known and obscure, including those introduced by Latin-American ballplayers, and statistical expressions relating to fantasy baseball and the SABR/Moneyball era. More than 200 photos throughout the book - many rare and previously unpublished - illuminate various historical and contemporary terms.
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Published in 1989 and again in 1999, this baseball classic now boasts more than 10,000 entries and 18,000 definitions. The author of many best-selling books, including Baseball's Greatest Quotations, Baltimore native Dickson has devoted 25 years to creating the definitive guide to the language, lingo, and lexicon of baseball for the sport's fanatics and lovers of language as well as nine-year-olds looking for a clear definition of the infield fly rule. The terms and phrases cover everything from statistics and strategies to the history of terms and the date they came into play.
—Kathleen A. Welton

All Things Considered
If you’re a baseball fan and...you’re curious about the etymology of the phrase out in the left field or you need a refresher on the infield fly rule. Well for 20 years, the authority, the baseball Bible, if you will, has been The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. — Melissa Block
Baltimore Examiner
Baseball-loving dads need this book now. It's the perfect gift any time, but to receive it at the start of baseball season—well, it doesn't get any better than that.— Marilyn Crain
Hartford Courant
Always attuned to lore and language, Dickson ventures far beyond dugout expressions that have already dug out a place in common American speech.— Rob Kyff
San Diego Union-Tribune
An indispensable guide to the language of baseball.— John Curtis
The Dayton Daily News
This magnificent volume will make the perfect gift for diehard fans.— Vick Mickunas
The New York Times Magazine
Dickson’s discursive dictionary…a delight for former sandlot players, lexical scholars and members of the hot-stove league. — William Safire
The Rachel Maddow Show
This book is very cool.— Rachel Maddow
The Washington Post
A wonderful companion volume...enough to last a fan through a 162-game season and the playoffs.…What a treasure to have at hand with a long season ahead. — David Broder
Washington Times
[E]xtraordinary book…of value beyond the cost. If you or someone you love has an interest in [baseball, this] will be [a] welcome addition to any collection...so readable, so accessible, and such a pleasure to dip into, to research into, or to just sit down and read for the narrative flow.— James Srodes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393340082
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/13/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 974
  • Sales rank: 400,140
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use the Dictionary

The Dictionary A-Z 1

Acknowledgments 959

Afterword 965

Annotated Bibliography 967

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

    Everything you've ever wanted to know and a lot more.

    If you still like to get lost in an actual book, where one lookup can lead you down any number of fascinating trails, this one's lurking to capture you. Warning: Don't open if you're on a tight schedule unless your self-discipline is reliable.

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