Now Batting, Number...: The Mystique, Superstition, and Lore of Baseball's Uniform Numbers

Now Batting, Number...: The Mystique, Superstition, and Lore of Baseball's Uniform Numbers


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ISBN-13: 9781579125752
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/06/2006
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.98(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jack Looney is a consulting creative director and designer for major publishing houses in New York City. He is the editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including Simple Solution to Rubik’s Cube, and is the author of several game and puzzle books. A former semi-pro baseball player, he is obsessed with the game.

Table of Contents

    Dedication: V
    Acknowledgments:  IX
    Introduction:  XI
  1. The Mystique: What is there about numbers?: 1
  2. Early Innings: A Brief History of Uniform Numbers: 13
  3. Retired Numbers: 25
  4. The Caretakers: Equipment Managers: 43
  5. The Hall: 69
  6. Boyhood Idols:  99
  7. Birthday Babes:  115
  8. Team Rosters:  125
  9. Dream Teams: The Best: Number by Number: 379
  10. Odd-Balls: 395
  11. Extra Innings: Trivia:  409
  12. Players: By the Numbers:  419
  13. Into the Sunset:  499
  14. Answers:  507
  15. Methodology:  521
    Index: 543

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Now Batting Number...: The Mystique, Superstition, And Lore Of Baseball's Uniform Numbers by former semi-pro baseball player (where he wore #4) and self-described obsessed fan Jack Looney is a very specialized baseball history that has as its particular focus the numbers on baseball jerseys. Jack explains why ball players were numbered in the beginning of baseball in the latter decades of the 19th century, and follows the evolution of uniform numbering to the serious aspect of baseball that it has become today. Superbly illustrated throughout with full-color photography, Now Batting, Number... is paced with hundreds of anecdotes and 'infobits', myths and legends, 'insider' stories, and the particulars behind why players choose a specific number, to produce a 560-page compendium that is a 'must read' for all dedicated baseball fans, and a seminal contribution to academic and community Sports History reference collections.