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Discover the unconventional, the offbeat feats, the historic moments, and the one-of-a-kind characters that have kept baseball flying for more than 150 years. This comprehensive and updated volume features all the need-to-know stats, scores, and strikeouts every die-hard baseball fan wants. All the information that every baseball fan will refer to again and again -- before, after, and during games, and over the long winter months when it feels like spring training will never ...
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Overview

Discover the unconventional, the offbeat feats, the historic moments, and the one-of-a-kind characters that have kept baseball flying for more than 150 years. This comprehensive and updated volume features all the need-to-know stats, scores, and strikeouts every die-hard baseball fan wants. All the information that every baseball fan will refer to again and again -- before, after, and during games, and over the long winter months when it feels like spring training will never come.

A blowout baseball bonanza! Readers discover all of the conventional and unconventional facts and feats, and the unique characters that keep baseball alive in this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia for fans and fanatics alike! Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451209061
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 3/18/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
The System for Evaluating Feats xvii
Introduction xix
Section 1
Famous Firsts: 1846-1900 3
Season Record Holders Prior to 1901 14
The Four Most Interesting Teams Before 1901 19
Wild Men on the Mound 23
Owners 27
Famous Brother Acts 33
Invisible Men: Umpires 39
First Basemen's Records 44
Under the Lights 49
World Series Play: 1876-1900 52
Section 2
Famous Firsts: 1901-19 59
A Short History of Team Names 63
Where the Games Are Played 68
Managers' Records 75
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1901 and 1919 81
ERA Records 84
On the Black 87
Second Basemen's Records 90
Triples Records 94
Pitching Records for Most Wins 97
Pitching Records for Most Starts and Complete Games 104
The Great Scandals 108
World Series Play: 1901-19 114
Section 3
Famous Firsts: 1920-41 121
Total Bases Records 125
Record Slugging Averages 128
Long Day's Journey 132
Iron-Man Pitchers 134
No-Hitters and Perfect Games 137
Record-breaking Scorers 145
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1920 and 1941 148
MVP Award Winners 151
All-Star Game Feats 154
Shortstops' Records 158
Astronomical ERAs 163
The Hall of Fame 167
Individual Batting and Pitching Streaks 171
World Series Play: 1920-41 175
Section 4
Famous Firsts: 1942-60 183
Batting Title Record Holders 187
Handicapped Players 193
Firsts by Black Players 196
The Four Most Interesting Teams Between 1942 and 1960 202
Minor League Feats and Firsts 205
Switch Hitters' Records 216
Great Batting Debuts 220
Pitchers' Records as Hitters 224
Pinch-hitting Feats 228
Cy Young Award Winners 234
Batters' Strikeout Records 237
World Series Play: 1942-60 242
Section 5
Famous Firsts: 1961-76 249
Expansion Team Firsts 252
Home Run Feats 256
Not with a Whimper 265
Outfielders' Records 268
Triple Crown Winners 272
Great Shutout Feats 276
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1961 and 1976 281
Relievers' Records 284
Workhorse Records 292
Great Feats of Precocity 295
Great Milestone Achievements 299
World Series Play: 1961-76 303
Section 6
Famous Firsts: 1977-93 311
The Most Difficult Pitchers to Beat 313
The All-Time Worst Fielders 317
Base-stealing Feats 320
Loyalty Records 326
The Hitless Wonders 332
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1977 and 1993 338
Third Basemen's Records 341
Red-hot Rookies 345
The Leading Losers 349
Father-and-Son Firsts 355
The Most Prolific Hitters 359
World Series Play: 1977-93 362
Section 7
Famous Firsts: 1994-2001 373
Life-Begins-at-40 Records 375
Team Records since 1901 379
One-Year Wonders 386
RBI Records 393
Men for All Seasons 398
Eagle-Eyed Hitters 403
Doubles Records 409
The Three Most Interesting Teams since 1994 411
Catchers' Records 414
The Strikeout Kings 418
World Series Play: 1994-2001 423
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