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3. Ball Four
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4. Heads-Up Baseball : Playing the
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1. Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox
by ESPN Books
Paperback (05 September, 2006)
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1-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for your preparedness kit
Takes up less space the "rolled" bathroom tissue.

4-0 out of 5 stars The joy is in the footnotes
As a religious reader of Simmons' stuff online, I was sketpical about buying this book. The extensive footnotes, however, which contain added jokes, exponential material and goofy asides made it more than worthwhile. The fun of this collection wasn't so much in reading the articles again, but in learning what the author thought about them as time passed.

5-0 out of 5 stars No need to love baseball to love this book
I was actually reading one of the classics received by my sister and brother-in-law (both teachers) when this book arrived in the mail...needless to say, the classic sat and gathered dust while I tore through the whole book without stopping.If you a sports fan and/or pop culture fan, you will find this book extremely entertaining.Even if you don't know the finer points of baseball, or the gruesome details of the Red Sox's struggles before winning the big one, this book will still keep you riveted and laughing long after your first web search for some of the more obscure movie star and sports star references.No longer a hidden gem, Bill Simmons has made his mark and is becoming a household name, and has drawn in non-sports fans to join his die-hard New England followers.If you are already a big sports fan, then you probably don't need to read this review as you already have the book in your possession... ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - History    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation    6. Sports & Recreation / General   


2. Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
by W. W. Norton & Company
Hardcover (16 May, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lewis is at it again...
From the author of several fantastic books, comes a great short synopsis leadership, motivation and team dynamics.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Players, Parents and Coaches
As a coach at a prep school, the experiences that Coach Fitz is dealing with are all too familiar.Michael Lewis puts together a touching work that causes the reader to stop and think.
5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book
As a former High School and College Baseball player, and a current high school baseball coach, I have never read a book that epitomizes youth baseball today more than this one. Lewis' description of his experiences, and his coaches experiences, regarding todays parents/athletes could not be better. Every parent of a youth/high school athlete should read this book before they even consider complaining to their child's coach. I am only in my mid 20's and I can relate to many of the experiences described in this book. It's a very quick read as well. If I could give it 100 stars I would.For those readers who complained about the length of the book, yes it is a quick read but the book only costs 10 dollars.Anyone who is looking for a lengthy book should know not to purchase a book that is 90 pages long.For those of you who were, and then bought the book, that's your own fault.Great book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Anecdotes    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - Essays & Writings    4. Baseball coaches    5. Biography & Autobiography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Biography/Autobiography    8. Coaching    9. Conduct of life    10. Lewis, Michael    11. Louisiana    12. Motivational & Inspirational    13. New Orleans    14. Sports - Baseball    15. Sports - General    16. Biography: general    17. Popular psychology   


3. Ball Four
by Wiley
Paperback (12 July, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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As a player, former hurler Jim Bouton did nothing half-way; he threw so hard he'd lose his cap on almost every pitch. In the early '70s, he tossed off one of the funniest, most revealing, insider's takes on baseball life in Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for fans
This book had me laughing out loud several times.Even though it was written about 30 years ago, the baseball experiences still ring true.Bouton has a great sense of humor, and the anecdotes about both stars and players you never heard of are a treat.I used this book to get me through the last off-season, and it was a lot of fun to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ted Williams says: "BALL F*$#ING FOUR IS THE GREATEST BOOK ABOUT BASEBALL!"
The seminal book on the humanistic side of baseball, "Ball Four" exposes truths previously unseen.
4-0 out of 5 stars A revealing book -- but not always as the author intends
Ball Four is a good and important book to own.If one mark of a good book is its ability to provoke reactions, and often contradictory reactions, then Ball Four is a fine book.
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Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - General    3. Baseball players    4. Biography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Bouton, Jim    7. Coaching - Baseball    8. General    9. Personal Memoirs    10. Sports & Recreation    11. United States    12. Biography: sport    13. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / Essays & Writings    14. USA   


4. Heads-Up Baseball : Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time
by McGraw-Hill
Paperback (11 May, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book discussed many strategies and skills that are very beneficial in playing the game of baseball.
5-0 out of 5 stars Best baseball sports psych book I have seen
I teach high school sports psychology and have used this book as a text on several occasions. I now make it mandatory for all of my softball and baseball players as additional reading. Their feedback has been nothing but positive regarding performance enhancement. I strongly recommend this user-friendly text for any sport!

5-0 out of 5 stars One pitch at a time: the only way to play.
I want to both congratulate and thank the authors for this penetrating and truly functional book.It joins insight to instruction, and has applications far beyond baseball. It breaks the mental aspect of the game down just as one would analyze a swing, and offers concrete methods for correcting flaws typically viewed as abstract.The information in this book is essential to playing the game. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - General    4. Motivation (Psychology)    5. Psychological aspects    6. Psychology Of Sports    7. Sports    8. Sports & Recreation    9. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


5. The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics
by St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback (21 April, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars from easy to deep
At first, the book starts with some talk about baseball statistics, but then it moves quickly (almost immediately) to a history of the people who have made contributions to the statistics. Since almost all of these guys were eccentrics (to say the least), this is fun.
5-0 out of 5 stars stats in baseball, a short history
It's a book on the history of statistics in baseball, which makes a fascinating story unto itself.Scwarz has a fantastic writing style.A good intro into why baseball keeps the statistics that it does.
5-0 out of 5 stars A great read.Fascinating and informative
Other reviewers have done a good job with this book, but I wanted to add my opinion.I wasn't sure if someone could take the history of baseball statistics and turn in into a book even non-statheads could enjoy.However, Schwartz pulled it off.I am into statistics so this book was even more enjoyable for me.I found it interesting that so many intelligent people took time out of their days to work on baseball stats.A heck of a book, highly recommended. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball - Essays & Writings    2. Baseball - Statistics    3. Sports    4. Sports & Recreation    5. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / Essays & Writings   


6. The Best of Baseball Digest: The Greatest Players, The Greatest Games, the Greatest Writers from the Game's Most Exciting Years
by Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
Hardcover (25 March, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Number 1 Book to have on baseball history
This book is very interesting to read, I enjoyed this book because of the history, the writing of the time and pictures of the players. It has so much to cover, this book could of been twice the size and still not cover all the history. It has a lot of facts and so many great stories of the players, umpires and families of the players. It is a great book to go back to and use for a reference. I give it 5 stars.
5-0 out of 5 stars You will never sell this book once you buy it!Worth every penny!Does Amazon have a 6 star ranking?
"The Best of Baseball Digest" is truly the bargain of the century considering it's incredible content.I expected alot from this book and when it finally arrived it exceeded all of my expectations.There are over 116 enjoyable articles on baseball dating back to Baseball Digest's start in 1942.This massive collection of 453 pages is presented in a fashion in which the reader can read an article a day, yet it is entertaining enough to where you may have difficulties putting it down.Some of the baseball articles in this book are:Ty Cobb, How Connie Mack passed up the Babe, The Mickey Mantle I Know, When a Midget Batted as a Major Leaguer, Reggie's Moment, Rickey Henderson, The Day I Collected Babe Ruth's Autograph, When the Red Sox Terminated the Curse of the Bambino, Ichiro Suzuki a Hitting Sensation, and so many more.Not only are these articles written by some of the best in baseball and sports writing, but this book also contains close to 100 pictures that are both rare and shocking.This is truly one of the best baseball book purchases I have ever made.This one will be on my shelf forever to later pick up and be read once again. Robert Pedersen www.fatherachildsright.org

5-0 out of 5 stars Over sixty years of classic baseball stories by the game's leading writers and players
Baseball fans who have a literary love of the sports will appreciate over sixty years of classic baseball stories by the game's leading writers and players in The Best Of Baseball Digest. This is no light treatment: over a hundred articles gathered from issues from the 1940s to modern times appear here, along with over eighty photos: many of them rare. Relive the major plays, players and events of the baseball world in a powerful 'you are there' account; one of the best baseball collections available. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - History    4. History    5. Miscellanea    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. United States    9. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


7. Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz
by Chicago Review Press
Hardcover (01 July, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sox & the City
timely & funny, as a long time Sox fan I could relate to many of the descriptions in Roeper's book.The book gives a different perspective from a so called non sportswriter or jock.I would highly recommend it for hard core Sox fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sox and the city
This book is awsome, highly recommended for the White Sox fan...TRUE fan that is!!I learned a lot from this book, it is very well written.This book just proves what I have said along time ago...OZZIE FOR PREZ!! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Anecdotes    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - Essays & Writings    4. Baseball - Specific Teams    5. Baseball fans    6. Chicago    7. Chicago White Sox (Baseball team)    8. History    9. Illinois    10. Sports    11. Sports & Recreation    12. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / Essays & Writings   


8. A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America
Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Immigration policy before soccer
This is an interesting book but the reason why is a bit illusive.The first page and the author's background indicate that it should be about immigration policy.The title and the bulk of the read say that it is about soccer.And buried in the story is the role of high school sports in shaping young peoples' lives and the debate about the relative roles of club soccer and high school soccer in developing the game in the United States. The game may be different, but the stories of the boys and how they formed a winning team is similar for instance to the stories told about boys in "Friday Night Lights." A select few become high school sports stars in a small town and on a state championship team, with all the notoriety that entails.However, one key difference is that although the boys grow up, go to school and live lives of American high school students until they graduate (or drop out), then they must blend into the faceless mass of illegals without the opportunities or rights that their fellow graduates have.Caudros explains the reason 12 million illegal immigrants are here as he humanizes the problem.It should be clear by now that these persons are not leaving 12 million citizens unemployed or even underemployed. The jobs in poultry and meat processing are not being filled and need the influx of illegal workers. Further, the companies operating the plants are eager and willing employers of the illegal immigrants.The illegal workers pay taxes, shop in the local stores, and worship in the town's churches.Deporting all the illegals described here could have a disastrous impact on a community like Siler City.The stories told here - and the facts presented - need to become part of any discussion of immigration policy and what we will do about 12 million workers and their families.This book should be on the top of any list dealing with immigration policy. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball - Essays & Writings    2. Latin American students    3. North Carolina    4. School sports    5. Siler City    6. Soccer    7. Sports    8. Sports & Recreation    9. Sports (Specific Aspects)    10. Sports Psychology    11. Sports & Recreation / Soccer   


9. Baseball Without Borders: The International Pastime
by Bison Books
Paperback (October, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - General    4. Baseball - History    5. Sports    6. Sports & Recreation   


10. The Mental Keys to Hitting: A Handbook of Strategies for Performance Enhancement
by Diamond Communications
Paperback (16 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars GreatBook
Best book on the subject I have ever read - very usable.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Turned My Game Around
Until I read this book I was throwing helmets, tossing bats, and swearing after every at-bat. The Mental Keys to Hitting gave me confidence to go to the batter's box with a plan and execute to the best of my ability. A must-read for any player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
For the player who wants to excell at a high level, the information in this book is critical to that success. Easy to read & understand.
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Subjects:  1. Baseball - Essays & Writings    2. Batting (Baseball)    3. Coaching - Baseball    4. Psychological aspects    5. Sports    6. Sports & Recreation    7. Sports Psychology    8. Baseball    9. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General    10. Sports coaching   


11. The St. Louis Baseball Reader: Saint Louis Baseball Reader (Sports and American Culture Series)
by University of Missouri Press
Hardcover (30 September, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - Essays & Writings    4. Baseball - General    5. Baseball - History    6. History    7. Missouri    8. Saint Louis    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. St. Louis Browns (Baseball team)    12. St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball team)    13. Popular culture    14. USA   


12. Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Power, Precision, and Long-Term Performance
by Fireside
Paperback (15 April, 1991)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not much on pitching!!!!!
Well this was a severe disappointment.I was expecting some insight on his mechanics, going into grave detail... The information on pitching form was extremely generic and repetitive.There is absolutely no unique insight that you couldn't get from using an internet search engine.It all comes down to this: keep your weight back during the leg kick (don't move forward), and then have a controlled fall towards the plate.Thats about it.Chapter 1 was fluff about his career and Ryan's various coaches, chapter 2 was mostly fluff about mental attitude, and chapter 3 was the only instruction on how to properly throw the baseball.
4-0 out of 5 stars Good Tips and Easy to implement
So far I has seen improvement from 3 of my players.
2-0 out of 5 stars No Meat
This book was casual to read, flip through, but did nor have any real information that would help a pitcher. It did have a big name in the title. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 1947-    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - Essays & Writings    4. Coaching - Baseball    5. Pitching (Baseball)    6. Reference    7. Ryan, Nolan,    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Landry, Tom    11. Sports & Outdoor Recreation    12. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / Coaching   


13. When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes
by Hyperion
Hardcover (23 May, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Come for the Wisdom, Stay for the Photos
Yogi Berra has learned that when someone offers to publish your book, take it. Make the most of living, it can get late early out there. Better make your book forty chapters, the public may not be hungry for fifty.
4-0 out of 5 stars A Fast Fun Read
Yogi surprisingly give some good words of wisdom and convinces us that there is more to the mental make-up of one of the greatest ballplayers ever than the quotes that he is known for.
5-0 out of 5 stars We can all learn a lot from Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra is an American treasure, epitomizing many of the things that make America great.As a legend in life as well as a legend in baseball, the common-sense pearls of wisdom that drop from his lips are as instructive as they are humorous.I consider Yogi the common man's philosopher.This book offers forty chapters, each containing helpful advice, based upon a famous Yogi-ism, as well as inspiration to the reader.Most of us already know most of these lessons, but we need to be reminded of them periodically.Yogi is the perfect teacher.He is humble and honest, perfectly willing to use his own failures as well as his successes as object lessons for the rest of us; he also speaks from the heart in plain language.I love the unpretentious nature of this book; maybe it breaks a few rules of proper grammar, but it comes across in such a way that you half believe Yogi is sitting in the room with you and just talking.Yogi does offer up a number of parallels between baseball and business, stressing the importance of true teamwork, loyalty, and the personal involvement and commitment of all involved, but most of the lessons he imparts here are lessons about life and the proper way to live it.All the inspiration and wisdom aside, though, I have to admit that what I enjoy the most is Yogi's baseball stories.Baseball was a different game back when Yogi was playing, and I'm sure I'm not the only fan whose love of the game has faded as the game has turned into an impersonal industry.Yogi represents baseball at its best.Read more

Subjects:  1. 1925-    2. Baseball    3. Baseball - Essays & Writings    4. Baseball - General    5. Baseball coaches    6. Baseball players    7. Berra, Yogi,    8. Biography    9. General    10. Sports    11. Sports & Recreation    12. Topic - Sports    13. United States    14. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


14. Mind Game: How the Boston Red Sox Got Smart, Won a World Series, and Created a New Blueprint for Winning
by Workman Publishing Company
Paperback (19 September, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars If TheyWere Smart in 2004...What Happened in 2006?
In retrospect, any team that wins a league championship has done nothing but make the right moves.How could it be otherwise?It could because while the reading is fine, and the data excellent, BP only writes about the right moves the Sox made, and totally ignores their dumb moves, like signing oft-injured Scott Williamson to be a key cog in their bullpen, or having no minor leaguers ready to help the rotation and leaving Derek 'How' Lowe Can You Go in the rotation all year.
3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but mostly redundant for BP subscribers
I'm a subscriber to the Baseball Prospectus website and read their sabermetrically-oriented articles every day, so I was looking forward to "Mind Game" to see what new insights they could bring into the construction of the 2004 Red Sox.Alas, having read so much BP material over the last few years, "Mind Game" didn't feel like it had much new to offer me that I hadn't seen before.In a nutshell: compared to the Yankees, the Red Sox spent their money more wisely, including their ability to get value from freely available talent (especially David Ortiz).
4-0 out of 5 stars Some good analysis, but it's no "Moneyball."
I like to think of Theo Epstein's philosophy as "Moneyball with money." He applies many of the same principles espoused by the sabremetric crowd, but he does so within the context of a fairly rich ballclub so he can afford to make a mistake or two.
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Subjects:  1. 2004    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - Specific Teams    4. Baseball - Statistics    5. Boston Red Sox (Baseball team)    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. World Series (Baseball)    9. SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / Statistics    10. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / Essays & Writings   


15. Throwing Bullets: A Tale of Two Pitchers Chasing the Dream
by Taylor Trade Publishing
Hardcover (25 July, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Minor League Success
A hardcore fan looking for stats and game stories will not rate this book a five but if your are looking for a real life baseball story mixed in with some small town Americana this is the book for you. The author follows Francisco Liriano and Justin Olson throught the 2005 minor league season. But this book is alot more than that it also is the travel from one small town to another and the life around minor league baseball. The author interviews the small teams PR people, owners, GM's, coaches and just the team guys that have been around for years. This book gives you the Minor League flavor from Buffalo to New Britain and every stop in between. All baseball fans know who Liriano is and you will get some insight into him but not much. It's a quick read and enjoyable from my perspective. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - General    4. Biography    5. Liriano, Francisco    6. Olson, Justin    7. Pitchers (Baseball)    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs    11. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


16. A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti
by Algonquin Books
Hardcover (04 January, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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By far the most literate of baseball's commissioners, the late Bart Giamatti, former president of Yale, was the game's most unashamedly vocal fan both before and during histenure as chief executive. The child of immigrants, he embraced baseball's very Americanness, and ascribed to its simple goal--coming home--a far-reaching, overall metaphor. His ardor was unguarded and unabashed, his approach sentimental and as expansive as a pair of foul lines diverging in the distance. Giamatti's oversized passion infuses everything in this slim volume, from his wistful elegy to Tom Seaver and his admonition to fans to clean up their act, to his pained public statement banning Pete Rose from the game for life. Best of all, his seductively lyrical essay "The Green Fields of the Mind" leads off the lineup. The latter alone--it begins by poignantly observing of baseball, "It breaks your heart. It's designed to break your heart"--is worth the price of admission. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Ok...
The language of Giamatti is wonderful and there are some interesting stories in here.It is nothing more then that and it really wasn't my cup of tea.I would have liked to see some more intertwined stories about his life in baseball.I guess this was as good as it was going to get.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Book About A Glorious Game
When renaissance scholar A. Bartlett Giamatti was asked to become president of Yale University, he said the only presidency he had ever aspired to was that of the American League. Instead, a few years later, he took the helm of the National League, and shortly after that, became commissioner of baseball. Tragically, his tenure in that office ended after only five months with his sudden death at the age of 51.
5-0 out of 5 stars just loved this book...
I read this book outloud with my 12-year-old son in October 2000 during the playoffs and world series. We had borrowed it from the library, and ever since then he's been asking me to buy it. We finally have and now he's reading it again on his own. I thought it was too advanced for him, but there is a passion in this book you can't miss. ... Read more

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17. The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2007 (Hardball Times Baseball Annual)
by ACTA Sports
Paperback (November, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Baseball - Essays & Writings    2. Baseball - Statistics    3. Sports & Recreation   


18. Sharp Sports Betting
by Pi Yee Press
Paperback (September, 2001)
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Isbn: 0935926240
Sales Rank: 75906
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not all that good
Take away the charts,this book is almost useless. Not impressed with it at all. For beginnners with less than 1 year of wagering experience only.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for the beginniner; provides sound statistical advice
Sharp Sports Betting by Stanford Wong is a book that aims to provide sports betting advice to new and experienced bettors. Most of the topics, however, are for the beginning bettor.
2-0 out of 5 stars Not really helpful
Having been a quant, it occured to me that I could develop a Monte Carlo football simulator, then back test it according to different betting strategies by running simulated games thousands of times over using previous statistical data.Two things went wrong.One, I bought this book which I found helped me learn little about sports betting.Two, a company of quants has just introduced earlier this year a Monte Carlo simulator (Statshark) and for a montly fee, you can pay for their predicition services.
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19. Baseball: A Literary Anthology
by Library of America
Hardcover (28 February, 2002)
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Isbn: 193108209X
Sales Rank: 57930
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the season, perfect for the off-season
When Ted Williams died a few months ago, someone described "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," John Updike's chronicle of Williams' final game, as "the most perfect piece of sports writing ever." I looked for it in this collection, and there it was. When the baseball season ended last week (for us Mariners fans, anyway), another friend quoted Bart Giamatti's famous elegy that begins, "It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart." Like they say about the spaghetti sauce, "It's in there."4-0 out of 5 stars History as it Happened
Baseball, in the time frame that it happened.This book is an excellent view of events in their time.It is a compilation of articles from writers, players, comentaters and owners.Although the book sometimes seems to jump around this can be expected when you are piecing together articles by so many different people.Where else could you find articles in the same book by Satchel Paige, Stephen King and A. Bartlett Giamatti.Baseball seems timeless and this book presents that.With first hand acounts of people and events that are long gone.2-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!
This is not the quality binding you would expect from Library of America! I have not yet read this book but I have my copy here in my hand. The binding appears to be glued, not sewn. The coversRead more

Subjects:  1. American literature    2. Anthologies (multiple authors)    3. Baseball    4. Baseball - Essays & Writings    5. Fiction    6. Literary collections    7. Literature - Classics / Criticism    8. Popular American Fiction    9. Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)   


20. Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball
by Harper Paperbacks
Paperback (24 April, 1991)
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Isbn: 0060973722
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars George Will hits a single
George Will romantacizes baseball by selecting a few of the more moral and serious members of the sport, and applauding their virtue and hard work.Albeit the book was written in the early 1990's before the steroid scandals, but most insiders knew baseball had already turned into a public spectacle, its players hitting for the paycheck, not the fences, and drug use common and taken-for-granted.The ideologically naive title "Men At Work" belies the more appropriate title, "Men on Drugs" and demonstrates that so long as one's mentality about the game remains at the level of a naive twelve-year-old, personal wish-fullfilment will prevail over the facts.Simon & Garfunkel wrote the line 'Where Have You Gone, Joe Dimaggio?' for the song "Mrs. Robinson' years before this book, and they got it right long before George Will got it half-right.

1-0 out of 5 stars Give me a break!
If you're looking for a good baseball read, look further.The absolute twerpiness of George Will comes across in this book.It's clear that when he was a youngster, he was the nerdy kid in the schoolyard.This is the typical example of a pinheaded intellectual trying to sound like an average Joe by writing about sports.Give me a break George Will!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a fascinating journey into the national pastime. George Will writes economically and wisely not only about what the game is, but also what it once was. The evolution of the sport - although that is certainly not the focus of the book - is illuminating for anyone who is interested in how institutions come to change. Will brings a deep explanation to the chief facets of the game - managing, pitching, hitting and defense. Ultimately they groove together to form a gorgeous tapestry of understanding. There's a word for this kind of non-fiction work: indispensable.
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Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. History    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation    6. United States    7. Sports & Recreation / General    8. USA   


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