So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan's Guide to the Official Rules

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Essential for armchair umpires and scorekeepers, this guide challenges aficionados on every significant part of the Official Baseball Rules.
Few sports lovers are as obsessed with rules and statistics as baseball fans. In So You Think You Know Baseball?, lifelong baseball enthusiast Peter E. Meltzer catalogues every noteworthy baseball rule from the Major League rulebook and illustrates its application with actual plays, from the historical to ...

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Overview

Essential for armchair umpires and scorekeepers, this guide challenges aficionados on every significant part of the Official Baseball Rules.
Few sports lovers are as obsessed with rules and statistics as baseball fans. In So You Think You Know Baseball?, lifelong baseball enthusiast Peter E. Meltzer catalogues every noteworthy baseball rule from the Major League rulebook and illustrates its application with actual plays, from the historical to the contemporary.
You can read the book from start to finish or consult it while watching a game to understand the mechanics of a play or how it should be scored. Meltzer analyzes the entire Official Baseball Rules using hundreds of Major League plays involving both plays on the field situations and plays which have involved the official scorer. This is the first book ever written which analyzes the entire rulebook in this fashion and which is based on actual plays.With Meltzer’s unique and thoroughly entertaining guide in hand, which includes a foreword by baseball rules expert Rich Marazzi, you’ll never have to scratch your head over an umpire or scorekeeper’s call again.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Dennis Drabelle
…absorbing…
Neil Pond - American Profile
“This unique breakdown of [baseball’s] complex rules makes the labyrinthine regulations easy for even casual observers to understand…. So you think you know baseball? Check out this book and you’ll know a lot more!”
Dennis Drabelle - Washington Post
“Absorbing.”
Dan Shaughnessy
“Robert’s Rules of Order for baseball.”
Grant Brisbee
“I loved this book. The amount of research that went into it made my head spin. It’s the real-life examples that make the difference.”
Frank Fitzpatrick - Philadelphia Inquirer
“Meltzer has pulled off a baseball feat as rare as a triple play. He’s managed to demystify—and in the process humanize—the game’s complex and often arcane rulebook.”
Kirkus Reviews
A lively, enlightening trip through the baseball rule book. The baseball rule book is a complicated tome. Even professional umpires often struggle with its minutia, and it seems that on a weekly basis, a controversy over one of the sport's more arcane rules emerges in the context of a major league baseball game. Meltzer (The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words, 2005, etc.) takes readers on an almost page-by-page journey through the Official Rules of Baseball in a book that will have as its most likely audience serious fans of the national pastime. The author uses a quiz-style format, asking questions about rules based on real-life examples from games and then providing answers and further examples. Oftentimes, the answers create more questions, which Meltzer ably addresses. In effect, he shows that the rules of baseball represent a living, human document. The author addresses not only the rules on the field, which are the domain of the umpires, but also those that govern the scoring of the game. The official scorer in any given contest is responsible for determining the official record of the game; that person's job is as challenging as that of the umpires. Meltzer writes clearly and chooses his examples well. Most readers will dip into the book occasionally rather than reading it straight through, and many fans will want to keep their dog-eared copy nearby as they watch games. Baseball fans care deeply about tradition, records and history. This book will help them grasp why the rules are so central to the game's past, present and future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393344387
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 395,798
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter E. Meltzer, the author of the best-selling The Thinker’s Thesaurus and So You Think You Know the Presidents?, is an attorney and a former professor at Rutgers University School of Law. He is a long-suffering Phillies fan.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Worth reading

    This book covers all the bases. Real situations covered extensively. Take your time reading, because if you try to cover too many situations too quickly, they tend to run together. To appreciate this book it's best to be a hard core fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Great book

    This book haas everything u needto know u would be stupid not to buy this

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