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The Way Baseball Works will change the way you view America's national pastime. By breaking baseball down into its integral parts, the book explains the importance of each to the whole through minute analysis and highly detailed visuals. Veteran baseball writer Dan Gutman answers the big questions and then opens your eyes to elements you hadn't even imagined. Not just a simple how-to book, The Way Baseball Works covers all the bases, including equipment: how the tools of the game - the bat, ball, glove, mask, and...
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Overview

The Way Baseball Works will change the way you view America's national pastime. By breaking baseball down into its integral parts, the book explains the importance of each to the whole through minute analysis and highly detailed visuals. Veteran baseball writer Dan Gutman answers the big questions and then opens your eyes to elements you hadn't even imagined. Not just a simple how-to book, The Way Baseball Works covers all the bases, including equipment: how the tools of the game - the bat, ball, glove, mask, and so many more - were born, how they developed, and how they influenced the game; strategy: how the manger makes decisions, what each player is thinking as the pitcher goes into his windup, the psychological warfare that goes on in the confrontation between hitter and pitcher; and playing the game: how the fastball, curver, splitter, slider and knuckler are thrown, and what a batter can do to hit them. The beauty of the double play. The art of the stolen base. Through photos, charts, and computer-generated graphics, this fascinating and instructive book will deepen every fan's understanding and appreciation of the game. Created in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Way Baseball Works carries the mark of one of America's most venerable institutions and the world's best source for baseball knowledge.
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This nifty, heavily illustrated book is perfect for browsing. The excellent photographs show how a baseball and glove are made, how a pitcher throws a curve or slider, how stadiums equipped with AstroturfR are conducive to certain types of hits and plays, and much more. Recommended for school and medium-sized public libraries.
Wes Lukowsky
In this generously illustrated, well-written, and very entertaining study of baseball and its intricacies, Gutman examines virtually every detail of the game via text and diagrams. Of special note in this current season of home-run madness is a chapter on the historical composition of balls: how they're made and what quality-control standards are applied. Gutman also includes chapters on bats, gloves, the evolution of the uniform, and the history of the batting helmet. He shows readers how to grip a curveball, a fastball, and a split finger. Ever wonder why a scuffed or otherwise doctored ball is so effective? Gutman will tell you. Other topics include the effects of age on players, the relationship between the ball-and-strike count and the success of the batter, and how groundskeepers doctor the field to help the home team. Former player and broadcaster Tim McCarver provides an introduction and dozens of anecdotal sidebars. A must for any baseball collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684816067
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman
Dan Gutman

When he was a kid, Dan Gutman always did his homework. That's how he grew up to write cool books such as The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site: www.dangutman.com.

But first do your homework.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Tim McCarver

Chapter 1 Equipment

Making a Baseball
Inside the Bat Factory
The Evolution of the Glove
Uniforms
Protective Equipment
Innovators

Chapter 2 The Science of Baseball

Pitching Grips
Pitching Deliveries
Trajectories
Spin Doctors
Hitting Gurus
The Physics of Fielding
The Ultimate Ballplayer

Chapter 3 Playing the Game

The Strike Zone
Running the Bases
Going by the Book
Managing
Platooning
Defensive Alignments
Head Games
Bending the Rules

Chapter 4 The Ballpark

Bucolic Ballparks
Concrete & Steel
Park Effects
Artificial Turf
Cookie Cutters & Throwbacks
Groundskeeping
Scoreboards

Chapter 5 The Structure of Baseball

The Making of Ballplayer
Scouting
The Minor Leagues
Baseball's Hierarchy
Trades
Statistics Spring Training
On the Road

Chapter 6 Behind the Scenes

The Press
Broadcasters
Familiar Figures
Fans

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    A Great Book

    It changed my way of how I play baseball. With everything from the science, and stadiums, it's one of the best baseball books I've ever read

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