The Ultimate Baseball Book, Expanded and Updated

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9780618056682: The Ultimate Baseball Book, Expanded and Updated

THE ULTIMATE BASEBALL BOOK has more than lived up to its name. Spanning the complete history of the sport from the fledgling leagues in the late 1870s to the powerhouses of the 1990s and revealing in the process what a remarkable effect baseball has had on our collective experience, this is THE book for any and all baseball fans, certain to grace coffee and bedside tables alike. Designed with that wonderful nostalgia that the sport itself so often evokes, THE ULTIMATE BASEBALL BOOK combines timeless images with a sweeping narrative history as well as essays on various idols and icons by such heavy hitters as Red Smith, Wilfrid Sheed, Roy Blount, Jr., Tom Wicker, and Geoge Will. This new edition covers baseball through the nineties, the decade when home run records fell and the sport reclaimed its hold on America, and celebrates the national game in ultimate style.

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Any book calling itself The Ultimate Baseball Book has a lot to live up to. But when Ken Burns tags it "the Cadillac of baseball books," the authors have obviously succeeded. The book is divided up into innings, one per decade. Each inning contains a historical overview of the decade, followed by an essay written by baseball's literati: Robert W. Creamer on "The Old Orioles" in the first inning (1876-1900), Roy Blount, Jr. on "How DiMaggio Made It Look Easy" in the fifth (1930-1939), George F. Will on "Chicago the Unmitigated" in the extra inning (1981-1990). Fun to read and full of anecdotes, one-liners, and hundreds of black-and-white photos, The Ultimate Baseball Book is a must-have for all baseball fans. Though oversize (9 by 12 inches), it's better suited to a bedside table than a coffee table--you'll want to take the time to read it, rather than just flip through and look at the pictures. Highly recommended. --M. Stein

About the Author:

Daniel Okrent is an editor-at-large at TIME, INC., and has published four books, including the best-selling BASEBALL ANECDOTES and NINE INNINGS: THE ANATOMY OF A BASEBALL GAME. The author resides in New York City.

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