Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon

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The home run is indeed baseball's ultimate weapon. It can change a game in a heartbeat, making a tight game into a blowout or a seemingly easy win into a nail-biter. Homers are majestic, powerful, and awe inspiring. And sluggers are the sport's biggest stars, from the days of Babe Ruth through Barry Bonds.

David Vincent, called "The Sultan of Swat Stats" by ESPN, delves into the long history of the home run with great detail and color. He starts when the rules of the game were ...

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Overview

The home run is indeed baseball's ultimate weapon. It can change a game in a heartbeat, making a tight game into a blowout or a seemingly easy win into a nail-biter. Homers are majestic, powerful, and awe inspiring. And sluggers are the sport's biggest stars, from the days of Babe Ruth through Barry Bonds.

David Vincent, called "The Sultan of Swat Stats" by ESPN, delves into the long history of the home run with great detail and color. He starts when the rules of the game were highly unstable and sometimes the definition of a home run could change in a park from year to year; follows through the "Deadball Era," when the home run was rare; explores the explosion Babe Ruth brought to baseball in the 1920s; discusses how both world wars affected homer statistics; looks at great home run races such as Maris versus Mantle in 1961; assesses the effects of the juiced ball, juiced players, thin air, and smaller ballparks; and so much more.

If there is something to know about home run history, look to David Vincent for the answer-Major League Baseball does. With Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon, now you can know it too. A 1990s Nike commercial proclaimed that "chicks dig the long ball." In this thorough and colorful look at baseball's ultimate weapon, David Vincent shows you why.

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"Everything you wanted to know about the home run is in this book. . . .from charts to anecdotes, history to histrionics."

"David Vincent hit it out of the park with Home Run."

". . . .delves into the long history of the home run with great detail and color."

"I suggest that you wear your glove and pay attention while reading this book. Never have more home runs flown off the printed page. David Vincent has chronicled America's long and giddy obsession with the long ball, delivering a fusillade of dingers, taters, circuit clouts, and four-ply wallops. Nice work."

"In the history of American sports, there is nothing as sacred as the home run. It was that way a century ago, and it will be that way a century from now. Take a trip back, back, back with David Vincent as he visits the legend of the long ball."

"David Vincent knows more about home runs than any person has a right to know."

“When you hit a home run, it’s like no other feeling in the game. Everything becomes slow motion, and for those 15–20 seconds from the time you make contact until you touch home plate it really feels like things come to a standstill. The feeling never gets old—obviously some home runs are more significant than others, but each one is almost as exciting as the first one.”

"David Vincent [is] the guru of home runs."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597970358
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Vincent is the author of Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball’s Ultimate Weapon and coauthor of the award-winning book The Midsummer Classic: The Complete History of Baseball’s All-Star Game, and SABR Presents the Home Run Encyclopedia: The Who, What, and Where of Every Home Run Hit Since 1876. Major League Baseball, ESPN, FOX, USA Today, and many other media entities consult him regularly on the history of the home run. He lives in Centreville, Virginia.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Figures     xi
List of Tables     xiii
Foreword     xv
Acknowledgments     xix
Preface     xxi
The Nineteenth Century     1
The Deadball Era     20
Rules Changes in 1920     35
Babe Ruth     43
The Roaring Twenties     57
The Golden Age of Baseball     72
Integration     90
Expansion     108
Post-Season Home Runs     136
The Designated Hitter Era     158
The All-Star Game     182
The Ultimate Weapon     197
Conclusion     230
Postscript: The 2006 Season     234
Career Home Run Milestones     239
Single-Season Home Run Milestones     241
Single-Game Home Run Milestones     244
Yearly Home Run Leaders by League     245
Hollywood Homers     254
Bibliography     257
Index     259
About the Author     279
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