The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball

The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball

by Paul Dickson
     
 

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The author of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary and other baseball books here celebrates one of the most unusual pleasures in all of sports--the act of scoring a baseball game. Along the way, Dickson gives baseball fans a unique and nostalgic tour through America's favorite pastime. 75 illustrations.

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The author of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary and other baseball books here celebrates one of the most unusual pleasures in all of sports--the act of scoring a baseball game. Along the way, Dickson gives baseball fans a unique and nostalgic tour through America's favorite pastime. 75 illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scorekeeping in baseball was inaugurated nationally in 1863 by Henry Chadwick, who also invented the box score. Dickson (Baseball's Greatest Quotations) here teaches the rudiments of scoring, including how the players are numbered, some of the obvious symbols (e.g., SB is a Stolen Base) and some of the less obvious (K is the universal mark for the Strikeout). He explains the nuances of scoring a ball game and how to read a box score, and profiles some of the celebrities who liked to score games (Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, among others). We also see how it's done north of the border, from a Montreal Expos scorecard (a home run is un circuit); how the hot dog was invented; and how FDR introduced baseball lingo into politics. Dickson has written a testimonial to the joys of scoring that true ball fans will embrace. Photos. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156005166
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Dickson is the author of more than forty books, including The Joy of Keeping Score, The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Baseball's Greatest Quotations, and Baseball: The Presidents' Game. In addition to baseball, his specialties include Americana and language. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

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