The Team-By-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball

The Team-By-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball

by Dennis Purdy
     
 

Relish the game as never before, with a total immersion in the forest and the trees. Here’s the surprising evolution of the Atlanta Braves, the oldest continuous professional franchise in baseball. (No, it’s not the Reds.) The parallel phenomenon of the DiMaggio brothers, including how Joe of the Yankees dashed Red Sox brother Dom’s hopes

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Relish the game as never before, with a total immersion in the forest and the trees. Here’s the surprising evolution of the Atlanta Braves, the oldest continuous professional franchise in baseball. (No, it’s not the Reds.) The parallel phenomenon of the DiMaggio brothers, including how Joe of the Yankees dashed Red Sox brother Dom’s hopes of breaking his 56-game hitting streak. Every Cubs starting lineup since 1876, showing when Tinker to Lowe to Chance turned into Tinker to Evers to Chance, then Tinker to Evers to Saier. The Pirates backstory, and how the game’s greatest shortstop—Honus Wagner—was recruited when spotted throwing rocks across a river. At a glance, the staff of the World Champion ’54 Giants that rocked the elite Indians in four straight. And what Babe Ruth said to Lou Gehrig after his “called shot,” and Gehrig’s astonishing response. Every fan has a sweet spot of knowledge—their team, their time. Baseball historian Dennis Purdy performs the feat of marrying statistics, scholarship, biography, trivia, and anecdote to create a massively pleasurable work that is, in its whole, baseball’s sweet spot.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Baseball serves lovers of statistics well. Records and lists are created and maintained on just about every imaginable aspect of the game. There are career, season, and single-game records, and records for walks, strikeouts, stolen bases, wild pitches, home runs, and on-base percentages. Purdy offers a treasure trove for those who cherish such lists. While this volume will not replace The Baseball Encyclopedia (Macmillan, 1993) or Total Baseball (SPORTClassic, 2004), two things set it apart: the focus on team rather than individual statistics, and the inclusion of much more than mere lists of numbers. For each major league team, Purdy supplies well-selected, intriguing anecdotes, histories, trivia, and biographies, as well as the same sets of records and other data. There is much here not found in other sources, and the volume serves equally well as a reference work and a fun book to browse. Surprising features abound, such as the primary starting lineups for every year and every team. Several black-and-white photos, of acceptable if not outstanding quality, are included.-Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761139430
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Pages:
992
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.14(h) x 2.30(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This is THE book! IF you want to find out something you didn’t know about a team or a player, dig right in.” —Brooks Robinson, HOF ‘83

The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia allowed me not just to relive my own career with the Giants, but grasp the whole history of the game.” —Monte
Irvin, HOF ‘73

Meet the Author


Dennis Purdy is an all-around baseball scholar. He wrote The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball; edited and published The Vintage & Classic Baseball Collector Magazine; created the syndicated newspaper feature Baseball Trivia Game; and is the author of more than 100 baseball-related magazine articles.

Tony La Russa is the third-winningest manager in major league history, with 2,195 victories with the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, and, since 1996, the St. Louis Cardinals. He makes his off-season home in Alamo, California.

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