Watching Baseball Smarter

Author: Zack Hample
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307498601
Release Date: 2008-12-24
Genre: Sports & Recreation

This smart and funny fan’s guide to baseball explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will appeal to anyone—whether you're a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or a beginner. What is the difference between a slider and a curveball? At which stadium did “The Wave” first make an appearance? How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills? Which positions are never played by lefties? Why do some players urinate on their hands? Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott’s Miscellany, Watching Baseball Smarter will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport–no matter what your level of expertise. Features an glossary of baseball slang, an appendix of important baseball stats, and an appendix of uniform numbers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die

Author: Ron Kaplan
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496209887
Release Date: 2018-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Propounding his "small ball theory" of sports literature, George Plimpton proposed that "the smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature." Of course he had the relatively small baseball in mind, because its literature is formidable--vast and varied, instructive, often wildly entertaining, and occasionally brilliant. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has chosen 501 of the best, making it easier for fans to find just the books to suit them (or to know what they're missing). From biography, history, fiction, and instruction to books about ballparks, business, and rules, anyone who loves to read about baseball will find in this book a companionable guide, far more fun than a reference work has any right to be.

The Eastern Stars

Author: Mark Kurlansky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101186862
Release Date: 2010-04-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The intriguing, inspiring history of one small, impoverished area in the Dominican Republic that has produced a staggering number of Major League Baseball talent, from an award-winning, bestselling author. In the town of San Pedro in the Dominican Republic, baseball is not just a way of life. It's the way of life. By the year 2008, seventy-nine boys and men from San Pedro have gone on to play in the Major Leagues-that means one in six Dominican Republicans who have played in the Majors have come from one tiny, impoverished region. Manny Alexander, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez, and legions of other San Pedro players who came up in the sugar mill teams flocked to the United States, looking for opportunity, wealth, and a better life. Because of the sugar industry, and the influxes of migrant workers from across the Caribbean to work in the cane fields and factories, San Pedro is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the Dominican Republic. A multitude of languages are spoken there, and a variety of skin colors populate the community; but the one constant is sugar and baseball. The history of players from San Pedro is also a chronicle of racism in baseball, changing social mores in sports and in the Dominican Republic, and the personal stories of the many men who sought freedom from poverty through playing ball. The story of baseball in San Pedro is also that of the Caribbean in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and on a broader level opens a window into our country's history. As with Kurlansky's Cod and Salt, this small story, rich with anecdote and detail, becomes much larger than ever imagined. Kurlansky reveals two countries' love affair with a sport and the remarkable journey of San Pedro and its baseball players. In his distinctive style, he follows common threads and discovers wider meanings about place, identity, and, above all, baseball. Watch a Video

The Beauty of Short Hops

Author: Sheldon Hirsch
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786485840
Release Date: 2014-01-10
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Sabermetrics, the search for objective knowledge about baseball through statistical analysis, has taken over the national pastime. The authors argue that this approach began as a useful corrective but has come to harm baseball. The book demonstrates that the so-called moneyball approach, based on sabermetrics, offers only limited guidance for assembling a team, managing games, and evaluating player performance. Equally important, the obsession with statistics and vision of the game as wholly predictable obscure baseball’s spectacular improvisational quality. It is the game’s unquantifiable and relentless capacity to surprise—the source of wonder so central to its greatest stories and personalities—that informs any real appreciation of baseball.

Library Journal

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ISBN: UOM:39015081489620
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Libraries

Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

California 1901

Author: Clifford Jackman
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641182106
Release Date: 2016-01-11
Genre: Fiction

Das exklusive eBook Only zu Clifford Jackmans großem Epos "Winter Family" Amerika im Jahr 1901 – ein neues Jahrhundert hat begonnen. In dieser Zeit des Umbruchs stellen sich die letzten Abenteurer der untergehenden Epoche des alten Westens ihrem Schicksal: Ein psychotischer Ermittler, ein Scharfschütze, ein Spielsüchtiger in San Franciscos Chinatown und ein entstellter Mann mit einem finsteren Geheimnis kämpfen den Kampf ums Überleben mit all der Härte, die sie geprägt hat ... Die Story umfasst ca. 90 Seiten.

Fortune

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105123022167
Release Date: 2007-04
Genre: Business


Dr Siri sieht Gespenster

Author: Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Manhattan
ISBN: 9783641026295
Release Date: 2009-06-24
Genre: Fiction

Mysteriöse Todesfälle im exotischen Laos – Dr. Siris 2. Fall Für Dr. Siri, den einzigen Leichenbeschauer von ganz Laos, bringt der Frühling in Laos nicht nur große Hitze, sondern auch seltsame Todesfälle: Ein Bär ist aus dem Käfig eines Nobelhotels entwischt und scheint nun die Straßen von Vientiane unsicher zu machen. Denn wer oder was sonst sollte die Obstverkäuferin getötet haben, die offenbar von einer mit Klauen und Zähnen bewehrten Kreatur zerfleischt wurde? Und sie bleibt nicht das einzige Opfer. Bald werden weitere Frauen mit ähnlichen Wunden aufgefunden und zu Dr. Siri gebracht. Gleichzeitig geben ihm zwei tote Männer Rätsel auf, die auf einem vollständig verbeulten Fahrrad mitten in der Hauptstadt gefunden wurden. Mit Hilfe seiner beiden Angestellten – des unter einem leichten Down-Syndrom leidenden Mr. Geung und der zupackenden Krankenschwester Dtui – untersucht Siri die Todesfälle. Dabei bekommt er es mit einem abgesetzten König, einer Truppe russischer Zirkusartisten inklusive Dompteur und ein paar Holzpuppen mit einer riesigen Wut im Bauch zu tun ...

Der Kommissar und das Schweigen

Author: Håkan Nesser
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 9783641090463
Release Date: 2012-05-31
Genre: Fiction

Dass er spannende Geschichten erzählen kann, deren Auflösung auch Kenner des Genres unerwartet trifft, hat btb-Bestsellerautor Håkan Nesser bereits mehrfach und mit großem Erfolg bewiesen. Seine Fangemeinde in Deutschland ist inzwischen riesig. Mit seinem eigenwilligen Ermittler Van Veeteren hat er einen Helden geschaffen, der das Zeug zum Klassiker hat - ein Mann mittleren Alters mit Magenbeschwerden, der klassische Musik liebt und seine Fälle mit einer Mischung aus schwarzem Humor und Intuition löst. Diesmal steht Van Veeteren vor einer besonders schwierigen Aufgabe. Aus einem Ferienlager sind zwei kleine Mädchen verschwunden. Kurz darauf werden sie ermordet aufgefunden. Steckt ein obskurer Sektenführer hinter den Taten? Oder hat man es mit einem unbekannten Psychopathen zu tun? Vor allem aber: Kann Van Veeteren ihn stoppen, bevor er erneut zuschlägt?