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Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest

Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest

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by Editors of Sports Illustrated

Who's the greatest slugger of all time, Babe Ruth or Ted Williams? Where do Derek Jeter and Cal Ripken Jr. rank on the list of the best shortstops? At third base, would you rather have Mike Schmidt or Brooks Robinson? Is Fenway or Wrigley the better ballpark?

This book will end many arguments-and start some new ones. Sports Illustrated's has polled its


Who's the greatest slugger of all time, Babe Ruth or Ted Williams? Where do Derek Jeter and Cal Ripken Jr. rank on the list of the best shortstops? At third base, would you rather have Mike Schmidt or Brooks Robinson? Is Fenway or Wrigley the better ballpark?

This book will end many arguments-and start some new ones. Sports Illustrated's has polled its Major League Baseball experts to determine the ultimate Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stunning photography and classic stories from SI's archives. This is the best of the best in the major leagues, or, more simply, Baseball's Greatest.

Editorial Reviews

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"Sure to spark debate among baseball fans counting down the hours until spring training." USA Today Top 10 Gift Books"

If Helen of Troy had the face that launched a thousand ships, this is the book that will launch at least a thousand passionate discussions. . . . The pictures alone are a treasure trove." —MLB.com"

Sports Illustrated [provides] a lesson in MLB history . . . in [its] beautiful, expansive book." —Parade.com"

This is the kind of book baseball fans can cherish. . . . Whether you agree or disagree with Sports Illustrated's choices, one thing is certain—you cannot dispute the crisp writing, bold photography and compelling layout of Baseball's Greatest." —Bob D'Angelo, The Tampa Tribune"

The best of America's favorite pastime." Family Circle"

Sports Illustrated at its best." —The Sherman Report"

The greatest of the great, with matching outstanding photography . . . a celebration of the players, teams and games that fans have loved for more than a century." —NY Sports Day.com

Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
Sports Illustrated (SI) has produced another handsome, oversize book in the same style as its Football's Greatest. For this volume, a panel of SI writers led by longtime columnist Tom Verducci attempts to end arguments (or start them) by assembling lists of the top ten greatest players by position as well as of managers, teams, games, and numerous other categories. The majority of the book is focused on position players and pitchers. For each position, the ten best ranked players are covered on a page or a spread with a large, vivid photograph, a brief overview of the player's career, and a lengthy quote from an existing SI article written about the player. Some players additionally have a full reprinted article on them from the magazine's archives; these are a treat to read. The team and other nonposition player categories (e.g., best sluggers, best designated hitters) are organized in much the same way. Several of the categories at the end of the book, "Best of the Rest" (e.g., uniforms, rivalries), are merely single-page lists. VERDICT While the actual rankings may stir some arguments, fans enjoy heated discussions; plus they'll all agree upon the high quality of the photographs. This will make a great addition to most baseball collections.—Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee P.L.

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MIKIEJ More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is well written, mostly short essays taken from sports Illustrated, but well chosen. As expected the SI photos are amazing, and the choices for who are the ten best at every position, in order from best to tenth best, is interesting to disagree with. They included Josh gibson, cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston , among others. Also ten greatest baseball Parks, movies, games. and a few other odds and ends. I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed the photography and the controversy. And it is inexpensive as these sort of books go.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sports Illustrated has published some excellent coffee-table type books on various sports, with lists of the greatest, the best and the top ten, for both kids and adults. One of their newest offerings is a book on the best baseball has to offer, whether it be players, managers, or ballparks. This book is more than a coffee-table decoration – it should be read, enjoyed, and argued over! In essence, it’s a fun book to get us all thinking of opening day. The book is divided into twenty chapters, the majority of which deal with players – a chapter on the best first basemen, another on the best second baseman, and so on, down the line of all the positions. Then it’s on to the best managers, games, franchises, etc., until the very last chapter that looks at the ‘best of the rest’ (uniforms, movies, quotes, and even best Sports Illustrated covers). Each of the ‘best of the rest’ list takes up a mere page, but for the major categories, there’s a full page devoted to each person, park, whatever the list is about, plus typically two pages devoted to the top position. Each page includes a photo of the honoree, what clubs they played for (and the years they were there), a comment from one of the Sports Illustrated panelists who selected the winners, brief career highlights, and a quote pulled from a Sports Illustrated article about that player, manager, park, game, etc. If you’re looking for a book heavy with statistics, this is not that book. Rather, this is a big (288 pages), heavy (about 5 pounds) hardback, replete with fantastic action shots of our favorite players and ballparks. I agreed with many of the selections but then, found myself at times saying, ‘Nah, not that game,’ or ‘Really? That player?’ But truly, isn’t that the fun with these Best Of books? It’s impossible to come up with lists that everybody will agree with but it’s a great idea to put together a Top Ten and get us all talking. If you love baseball, check out this book! Quill says: Thankfully, baseball season is just around the corner. Get ready for opening day with a great book on the best of the best and see you in April!
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