Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball

Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball

by Dan Formosa, Paul Hamburger
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Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball by Dan Formosa, Paul Hamburger

Now in its third edition—a clear guide to the complete rules of baseball!

Admit it: Even if you’re a diehard fan of our national pastime, sometimes an umpire’s call can be a little baffling. And for newer fans, Major League Baseball’s nuanced rules—developed and revised over decades—can be downright perplexing.

Now updated throughout with the latest changes, such as the “Buster Posey rule” on collisions at home plate, the Baseball Field Guide explains every rule in plain English:

  • Rules that apply before, during, and after the game
  • Equipment specifications and field requirements
  • Duties of the coaches, managers, and umpires
  • Rules for spectators (yes, they have rules, too!)
  • The clearest explanation anywhere of the infamous Infield Fly Rule, and much more!
Designed for quick and intuitive searches, this entertaining reference will help you understand every aspect of the game and add to your enjoyment of the sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306816536
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 04/07/2008
Series: Baseball Field Guide: an in-Depth Illustrated Guide to The Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dan Formosa, Ph.D., spent his grammar school years in Hoboken, NJ, the site of baseball’s first recorded game. A consultant to a wide range of companies and organizations, he has received numerous design awards. He also helped create the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Dan travels the world frequently in his work. He spends the rest of his time in Piermont, NY, and in New York City—virtually within throwing distance of Hoboken’s old Elysian Fields. He  grew up playing stoopball and is a diehard Yankees fan.

Paul Hamburger, originally from New York City, is a recent transplant to sunny Los Angeles, where he works as a creative director. Growing up in the streets of Brooklyn, Paul was an accomplished player of stoopball. As a Mets fan, he is bitter and resentful toward the relative success of other local baseball organizations. He lives in the past, nostalgic for the glory days of the mid-eighties.

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Are you wondering about that call the umpire made during last night¿s game? Or are you completely new to the game, but your significant other is a diehard baseball fan so you just want to get a basic understanding of the game? Whether you¿re a die-hard fan of America¿s pastime, a complete newbie to the sport, or somewhere in between, Baseball Field Guide is a must have. This book, without a doubt, is the one to get whether you want to learn the basics of the game, or just want some clarification on an ambiguous rule. The book is extremely well organized and easy to read, covering everything from the most basic rules to the complex ones. It starts with a very basic explanation of baseball 'which, if you live in the U.S., Canada, or anywhere else where baseball is a popular sport, you might be tempted to skip', but then moves on to more and more detailed and complex issues, leaving no stone unturned. The book explains everything in plain English, so you¿ll understand what the authors are talking about even if you don¿t know a lot of baseball slang. Along with the explanations, there are lots of pictures and diagrams depicting what is explained in the text, including field dimensions and equipment 'bat, ball, gloves etc.' specifications. The book goes into great detail here you¿ll be amazed how specific the rules of Major League Baseball get when it comes to equipment and field specifications. Among other things, you¿ll find out how long a bat must be, what is and isn¿t allowed to be displayed on jerseys, and exactly how many stitches a baseball must have. Fascinating stuff! I highly recommend Baseball Field Guide regardless of how much you know about baseball. Whether you¿re a novice or an expert, this book is simply the best there is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book from my grandpa, and I'm glad you gave it to him.. This book is very informative and details everything down to the stitching on the balls... Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more of your works.. Thanks again Greg D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I still listen to ball games on the radio..I'm on the couch,feet up,newspapers and books within reach.I'm drifting between the game and what I'm reading and a balk is called on the pichter..hmm, I've gotta look that up...and thanks to the BASEBALL FIELD GUIDE, I find out there are eleven ways to commit a balk....the book's great ..beautifully designed,informative and concise and inspite of me being a rooter for that other local baseball organization,mr hamburger,,,,,I love the book!!