The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition)

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The expanded and now-definitive work on the language of baseball―“That rarest of sports books, a valuable reference work that provides absorbing and enlightening reading.” (Sports Illustrated)

Hailed as “a staggering piece of scholarship” (Wall Street Journal) The Dickson Baseball Dictionary is the most complete resource on the lexicon of baseball in the English language. More than twenty-five years in the making, with the help of more than 400 baseball and lexical experts, this masterful third edition, expanded by more than 30 percent, with over 10,000 terms and 18,000 definitions, provides the comprehensive history and meanings of words and phrases from around the world of baseball.

Drawing on dozens of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals, as well as contemporary sources, Paul Dickson’s brilliant, illuminating definitions trace the earliest appearances of our most treasured baseball expressions (“tearin’ up the pea patch,” “can o’ corn,” “catbird seat,” etc.). Termed “baseball’s Webster,” Dickson has spent nearly a decade painstakingly revising and writing new definitions, for words both well-known and obscure, including those introduced by Latin-American ballplayers, and statistical expressions relating to fantasy baseball and the SABR/Moneyball era. More than 200 photos throughout the book―many rare and previously unpublished―illuminate various historical and contemporary terms.

Because of its deep and broad coverage, its authoritativeness and its rich and colorful descriptions, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary will prove indispensable to baseball fans and word lovers alike. 263 illustrations

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Paul Dickson is the author of several bestselling books, including Baseball's Greatest Quotations, The Hidden Language of Baseball, and The Joy of Keeping Score. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

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A must-have for everyone who seeks to understand the spirit of America and, most especially, our politics: you’ll learn why an easy question is a 'softball,' a tricky one, a 'curve ball,' and why sometimes we may have to 'play hardball.' We want leaders who 'can step up to the plate,' free of 'screwball' ideas from 'out of left field.' You will learn from this book and you will treasure this book, just as I have. It is an invaluable American thesaurus. 
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This grand book is truly a baseball lover's dream come true. From the first to the last page, it provides an enjoyable experience for readers to treasure. Of special note are the handsome presentation, adequate type size, and editorial care taken with photos and layout that makes the book accessible without compromising comprehensiveness. An essential guide to America's pastime.  (Library Journal )

If you’re a baseball fan and . . . you’re curious about the etymology of the phrase out in the left field or you need a refresher on the infield fly rule. Well for 20 years, the authority, the baseball Bible, if you will, has been The Dickson Baseball Dictionary.  (Melissa Block, All Things Considered )

Dickson’s discursive dictionary ... a delight for former sandlot players, lexical scholars and members of the hot-stove league.  (William Safire - The New York Times Magazine )

A wonderful companion volume. . . enough to last a fan through a 162-game season and the playoffs.  ... What a treasure to have at hand with a long season ahead.  (David Broder - The Washington Post )

This book is very cool.  (Rachel Maddow on The Rachel Maddow Show, April 8, 2009 )

This magnificent volume will make the perfect gift for diehard fans.  (Vick Mickunas - The Dayton Daily News )

Baseball-loving dads need this book now. It's the perfect gift any time, but to receive it at the start of baseball season—well, it doesn't get any better than that. (Marilyn Crain - Baltimore Examiner )

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