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The Dickson Baseball Dictionary
     

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

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by Paul Dickson
 

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Hailed as “a staggering piece of scholarship” (Wall Street Journal) 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

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Hailed as “a staggering piece of scholarship” (Wall Street Journal) 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 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 (“tearin’ up the pea patch,” “can o’ corn,” “catbird seat,” etc.). Termed “baseball’s Webster,” Dickson has spent nearly a decade painstakingly revising and writing new definitions, 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 More than 200 photos throughout the book—many rare and previously unpublished—illuminate various historical and contemporary terms.

Because of its deep and broad coverage, its authoritativeness and its rich and colorful descriptions, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary will prove indispensable to baseball fans and word lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

David Broder - 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.”
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
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
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
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
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
The Dayton Daily News
This magnificent volume will make the perfect gift for diehard fans.— Vick Mickunas
The Rachel Maddow Show
This book is very cool.— Rachel Maddow
San Diego Union-Tribune
An indispensable guide to the language of baseball.— John Curtis
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
Library Journal

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

Mark Shields
“An invaluable American thesaurus.”
David Broder - 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.”
Rob Kyff - 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.”
James Srodes - 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.”
Marilyn Crain - 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.”
Melissa Block - 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.”
Vick Mickunas - The Dayton Daily News
“This magnificent volume will make the perfect gift for diehard fans.”
Rachel Maddow - The Rachel Maddow Show
“Very cool.”
John Curtis - San Diego Union-Tribune
“An indispensable guide to the language of baseball.”
William Safire - The New York Times Magazine
“Dickson’s discursive dictionary…a delight for former sandlot players, lexical scholars and members of the hot-stove league.”
Grant Barrett
“Stupendous. . . . The best specialty dictionary I’ve seen in years.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066814
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/02/2009
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
900
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.30(d)

What People are Saying About This

Mark Shields
"A must-have for everyone who seeks to understand the spirit of America and, most especially, our politics: you'll learn why an easy question is a 'softball,' a tricky one, a 'curve ball,' and why sometimes we may have to 'play hardball.' We want leaders who 'can step up to the plate,' free of 'screwball' ideas from 'out of left field.' You will learn from this book and you will treasure this book, just as I have. It is an invaluable American thesaurus."

Meet the Author

Paul Dickson is the author of several bestselling books, including Baseball's Greatest Quotations, The Hidden Language of Baseball, and The Joy of Keeping Score. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

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ontuttle More than 1 year ago
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.