Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot: And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball

Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot: And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball

by Paul Aron
     
 

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Advance Praise for Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot?
"Aron has found the Rosetta stone to all of baseball's enduring mysteries, and he skips it along the pond with utter disregard for the ducks. His fortunate readers will have so much fun they may not even notice that they are becoming, page by page, real experts. Here is surefire water-cooler

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Advance Praise for Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot?
"Aron has found the Rosetta stone to all of baseball's enduring mysteries, and he skips it along the pond with utter disregard for the ducks. His fortunate readers will have so much fun they may not even notice that they are becoming, page by page, real experts. Here is surefire water-cooler ammo."
—JOHN THORN, editor of Total Baseball
"Paul Aron puts a distant replay on the most famous controversies in baseball history. This is more fun than if he'd been there with a camcorder."
—ALLEN BARRA, author of Clearing the Bases and Brushbacks and Knockdowns
"Paul Aron has hit a home run for baseball fans. He dissects the evidence on baseball's 28 most charming mysteries. The result is a well-written, enjoyable, enlightening tour of the last hundred years of baseball history."
—ANDREW ZIMBALIST, author of Baseball and Billions
"Paul Aron's book on elements of baseball is both wise and fun, illuminating and entertaining."
—ROBERT ADAIR, author of The Physics of Baseball
"The essential last word for every fan who loves to debate baseball fact and fiction."
—MICHAEL SHAPIRO, author of The Last Good Season

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While some of these two-dozen-plus questions aren't exactly mysteries, Aron, a reporter for the Virginia Gazette, still gives readers plenty to ponder. The queries are bound to capture the imagination of a broad range of baseball fans. Answers to inquiries such as why the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, or whether Moe Berg, a mediocre, Ivy League-educated player, was a spy, are pretty much closed cases and have been for years. But other questions-can small-market teams compete? Why can't the Cubs win? Were yesterday's players better? Do managers matter?-have no absolute answer and thus make for compelling reading. The questions generally fall into two categories: those with definitive, factual answers; and ones with open-ended, opinion-fueled responses. Aron, who has written two books on American history following this same format, draws on a variety of sources to answer his queries, although he leaves several questions open for debate. Each chapter ends with a brief bibliography, allowing those curious enough "to investigate further." Whether reporting the facts or arguing about the validity of his theories, Aron does a nice job of reminding readers that these ponderables are part of the enjoyment of following our national pastime. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this collection of 28 essays, journalist Aron discusses a series of quandaries that have perplexed baseball historians and fans alike, from who invented baseball to whether Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first black player in the major leagues to just who served as the model for Ernest L. Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." For general libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471482048
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/11/2005
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
0.51(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

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"DID RUTH CALL HIS SHOT? is a lively, intriguing contribution to baseball literature. Delving into stories both familiar and unfamiliar, Aron's work is remarkably current, refreshingly well-balanced and always entertaining."
—Jules Tygiel, author of Past Time and Extra Bases

"Paul Aron has hit a home run for baseball fans.  He dissects the evidence on baseball's 28 most charming mysteries.  The result is a well-written, enjoyable, enlightening tour of the last 100 years of baseball history."
—Andrew Zimbalist, author of Baseball and Billions

"Paul D. Aron has written a compelling series of essays attempting to solve the most vexing 28 mysteries associated with the great game of baseball. Does he solve them once and for all? You'll have to read this fine, enjoyable book to find out."
—Paul Dickson, author of The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary

"Paul Aron's book on elements of baseball is both wise and fun, illuminating and entertaining." R 1 2 ;Robert Adair, author of The Physics of Baseball

"Has Paul Aron read everything ever written about baseball? This appears to be the case, and he's therefore able to answer all the age-old questions (What was the real story behind Steinbrenner's banishment?) and new ones as well (What's really going on with 'clutch' hitting?). I'm almost afraid Aron has taken the fun out of the game. There are no more mysteries. With this fiendishly clever book, everything is revealed."
—Mike Bryan, author of Baseball Lives and co-author of Keith Hernandez's two books, Pure Baseball and If At First: A Season With the Mets

"Paul Aron has found the Rosetta Stone to all of baseball's enduring mysteries, and he skips it along the pond with utter disregard for the ducks. His fortunate readers will have so much fun they may not even notice that they are becoming, page by page, real experts. Here is surefire water-cooler ammo." —John Thorn, editor of Total Baseball

"Paul Aron puts a distant replay on the most famous controversies in baseball history. This is more fun than if he'd been there with a camcorder." —Allen Barra, author of Clearing the Bases and Brushes and Knockdowns

"The essential last word for every fan who loves to debate baseball fact and fiction." —Michael Shapiro, author of The Last Good Season

"Aron has found the Rosetta Stone to all of baseball's enduring mysteries, and he skips it along the pond with utter disregard for the ducks. His fortunate readers will have so much fun they may not even notice that they are becoming, page by page, real experts. Here is surefire water-cooler ammo." —John Thorn, Editor of Total Baseball

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Meet the Author

PAUL ARON is the author of Unsolved Mysteries of American History, Unsolved Mysteries of History, and More Unsolved Mysteries of American History, all from Wiley. He is also an award-winning reporter for the Virginia Gazette.

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