Unlike other baseball statistics books that reveal only information about the numbers players put on the board, this unique take on America's favorite pastime reveals the little-known facts and nuances behind the numbers players wear on their backs.
In Now Batting, Number...baseball historian Jack Looney delves into every aspect of baseball uniform numbers. Here are topics including "Boyhood Idols" (players who chose numbers to honor heroes, fathers, grandfathers, and friends), "Birthday Babes" (players who have worn the same number as their day, month, or year of birth), "Caretakers" (inside stories on how numbers are distributed and the bartering of numbers among players), and "Early Innings" (the history of numbering in Major League baseball).
At the center of Now Batting, Number...is a substantial section listing the complete rosters of all thirty Major League teams including each player's number and position. Other lists include every retired number listed by league and team, every retired number listed by position, and famous players' numbers and every other player who ever honored them by wearing that number (listed by number).
In a controversial chapter called "Dream Teams," player from various eras, who wore the same number durin their careers, are selected to play together on the same Dream Team. Statistics for fifty teams are included. Also included are dozens of some of the toughest, number-related trivia questions that will have even the most knowledgeable fan scratching his or her head.
|Publisher:||Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.|
|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
- The Mystique: What is there about numbers?: 1
- Early Innings: A Brief History of Uniform Numbers: 13
- Retired Numbers: 25
- The Caretakers: Equipment Managers: 43
- The Hall: 69
- Boyhood Idols: 99
- Birthday Babes: 115
- Team Rosters: 125
- Dream Teams: The Best: Number by Number: 379
- Odd-Balls: 395
- Extra Innings: Trivia: 409
- Players: By the Numbers: 419
- Into the Sunset: 499
- Answers: 507
- Methodology: 521
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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.