The Complete History of the Home Run

The Complete History of the Home Run

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by Mark Ribowsky

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The Complete History of the Home Run 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only writing this review because of the prunish one up there, which is, to stay in theme, way off-base. I read this book, enjoyed it immensely and had to rebut the alleged slights. Factual errors? Such as? There are a few obvious typos, the bane of any book, but they do little to disturb the vast store of accurate facts, figures, charts and interpretations. Ham-handed opinions? Since when did offering strong opinions in the framework of a baseball discussion become a crime? If it is, Bill James (whom Ribowsky engages head-on on a number of issues) is in deep trouble. I suppose Ribowsky could have done the usual sawdust-dry, hyperbole-coated baseball 'history,' but then I wouldn't have bought it. The charm of the book is that it blends damn-the-torpedoes bar-room swagger with serious and amazingly detailed social history (not to mention deftly-injected baubles of the scicne of the home run swing). Maris' deprivation from the Hall of Fame is just one of the opinions. If the other reviewer thinks that's the premise of the whole book, clearly he read exactly one paragraph, since that's the amount of space the 'case' (which by the way is a very good one; ask Mark McGwire) consumes in the book. My only gripe is that the book is time-limited. Unlike with the Negro leagues, a 'complete' history of the home run should not have to be stopped at 2002. (Ribowsky presages this by plumbing the steroid issue.) Hopefully there will be periodic updating, like say every couple of years. Believe me, this a slant on baseball history that has found its time. I can guarantee you will enjoy its many flavors. The guy who did the other review comes in only one flavor: sour grapes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ribowsky has written some excellent books on the history of the Negro Leagues, but this title falls far short of his best work. Full of obvious / embarrassing factual errors, heavy-handed editorializing and banal observations ... Ribowsky's pet project seems to be building a Hall of Fame case for Roger Maris -- which is about as unconvincing as it sounds. Not a terrible book, but after reading Ribowsky's superb History of the Negro Leagues, this one has to be considered a disappointment.