Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia

Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia

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by John Thorn, Bill Deane, Phil Birnbaum
     
 

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The most striking, compelling and comprehensive single volume ever devoted to America's pastime.

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The most striking, compelling and comprehensive single volume ever devoted to America's pastime.

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A hefty reference containing records of every major league player, team rosters of the Negro Leagues, two dozen or so essays, statistics and diagrams for every major league ballpark, batting stats for all major league pitchers, stats that reveal the game's best managers, awards and honors, rules and scoring, registers of managers, coaches, umpires, and owners. (See review of the CD-ROM version in the August 1992 Reference & Research Book News. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781894963275
Publisher:
Sport Media Publishing
Publication date:
07/15/2004
Edition description:
Revised and Updated
Pages:
2688
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.06(h) x 3.06(d)

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Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 8th edition is even bigger than its predecessor and contains a wealth of information including complete stats for major-league players, team histories, a catalogue of ballparks past and present, lengthy 1950s magazine articles about major figures, other well-written essays on various topics, short biographies of the 'most influential' people in baseball, and a delightful section of well-chosen color portraits. There's lots of good armchair reading here if you don't mind having 7 lb. of book on your lap. Maybe it's time to split this monster into two volumes! The book's weakness as an 'encyclopedia' is the lack of an alphabetical reference, other than the glossary of statistical terms. I'd love to be able to look up things like infield fly, corked bat, Green Monster, and so on and be treated to a short history and description of these baseball phenomena. Also surprising is the lack of organized information on the rules of the game -- if the editors couldn't reprint the official rules for reasons of copyright, could they not have devoted at least a couple of pages to paraphrasing the rules and explaining some of the gnarlier points? The book is still great value, but it's not quite the complete reference that the title promises.