Banana Bats & Ding-dong Balls: A Century of Unique Baseball Inventions

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No sooner was baseball invented than inspiring visionaries began to dream up gizmos that would enhance, alter, or add to the game. Here is a collection of the most intriguing and bizarre baseball inventions--each accompanied by the original illustrations the inventor submitted when applying for a patent.

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Since the game's origins, people have always tried to improve baseball and its equipment. All the baseball inventions of the last hundred years -- the ones that made it and many that didn't -- are here in one entertaining volume. From mechanical umpires and bases that ring when the runner touches them to semi-automatic fungo bats, all are described in humorous prose and many are illustrated with U.S. Patent Office drawings and photos.

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