Spitters, Beanballs, and the Incredible Shrinking Strike Zone: The Stories Behind the Rules of Baseball [NOOK Book]

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For everyone who has ever wondered about spitballs, pine tar, the size of the diamond—all of the fascinating stories behind the rules of America’s pastime—this book provides all of the answers. The authors take readers on a unique trip around the bases, explaining the development of the existing rules and drawing on a vast amount of fascinating history, lore, and trivia. Anecdotes feature legendary figures and events such as Yogi Berra, who threw himself out at first while playing in the minors in order to win a ...

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Spitters, Beanballs, and the Incredible Shrinking Strike Zone: The Stories Behind the Rules of Baseball

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Overview

For everyone who has ever wondered about spitballs, pine tar, the size of the diamond—all of the fascinating stories behind the rules of America’s pastime—this book provides all of the answers. The authors take readers on a unique trip around the bases, explaining the development of the existing rules and drawing on a vast amount of fascinating history, lore, and trivia. Anecdotes feature legendary figures and events such as Yogi Berra, who threw himself out at first while playing in the minors in order to win a bet for a steak dinner; Fred “Bonehead” Merkle, who famously cost the New York Giants the pennant when he failed to tag a base; Albert Belle and the corked bat controversy; and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who appeared in disguise after having been ejected by umpires. Every rule is dissected in this appealing look at baseball history that supplements its stories with archival photographs from the Hall of Fame as well as photos of current heroes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623684792
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Glen Waggoner is a founding editor at ESPN the Magazine, where he worked for 16 years. He is the coauthor of Bobby Murcer’s autobiography A Yankee for Life, as well as My Life in & out of the Rough with John Daly and Clearing the Bases with Mike Schmidt. He was one of the founding fathers of Rotisserie League Baseball. He lives in New York City. Kathleen Moloney is a freelance writer and the coauthor of It’s Nobody’s Fault and Policewoman One. She lives in New York City. Hugh Howard is a historian, a lecturer, a writer, and the former vice president of the New York Times Book Company. He is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War, The Painter’s Chair, and Thomas Jefferson, Architect. He lives in Columbia County, New York.

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