The Best Book of Baseball Facts & STATS

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9781842224359: The Best Book of Baseball Facts & STATS

This authoritative celebration of the sport covers every major player and event in the history of the game. The book features a tribute to 100 of the game's legends while tracing the development of professional baseball with special attention to controversies, scandals, and revealing statistics.

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Don Zminda lived in Los Angeles and is the former Director of Publications and current Vice President and Director of Research for STATS LLC.

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Introduction

From Cy Young to Greg Maddux, Babe Ruth to Mark McGwire, the game of baseball has been blessed with many unique and varied talents and its history enriched by the compelling stories and awesome feats that surround these legends. In this book, we take you closer to the men who have had an impact on the game, changing it forever, from those who pioneered the development of the game in its early years to today's modern superstars. We look closely at the famous ballparks they have graced, the franchises they have represented, the managers who have steered them to their greatest triumphs and their most important, historic performances.

Do you remember when the A's played in Philly? When the Dodgers-Giants rivalry was a New York institution? And when the Red Sox were known as the Pilgrims?

The Franchise Histories chapter that starts this book charts the development of all 30 of today's Major League franchises, from their inception through to their current standing. Each chronology documents the name changes, the new cities and the key moments in each ballclub's history.

Trying to fit baseball's greatest players into one chapter is like trying to get everyone inside Fenway Park for Game 7 of the World Series. Some people are bound to get left out. So while the final list in this book cannot be totally comprehensive, it attempts to highlight the careers of those men who, from the dead-ball era to modern day, have elevated the game of baseball to such levels of artistry that their impact on the nation's pastime will be everlasting. And to those truly great players who didn't make the list, sincere apologies.

Just as it is an impossible task to select the game's greatest players without leaving gaps, it is equally difficult to handpick the men who have guided them to such distinguished careers.

Over the game's history some of its most important contributors and colorful personalities have been found in the dugout. From Casey Stengel to Tommy Lasorda, John McGraw to Joe Torre, these managers have shaped baseball's tactical development and in doing so have left an indelible mark on the game. The managers chapter seeks to draw attention to these contributions

Fenway's Green Monster, Wrigley Field's ivy-covered walls, Camden Yards' onlooking warehouse -- all are ballpark landmarks as famous and recognizable as those who stroll their outfields and stand atop their mounds, each providing a unique backdrop to the club's travails.

In the ballpark chapter we look at both the old and the new, the grand and the not so grand, of the major league ballparks that have provided the stage for some great theater. These profiles and the diagrams that accompany them map the progression of baseball stadiums from John Updike's "lyric little bandbox" description of Old Fenway to the retractable roof and swimming pool of the Diamondback's ultramodern Bank One Ballpark.

Baseball's rich history has been littered with many significant games but there are those rare few that become even more special, due to historic plays, twists of fate and the impossible becoming reality. You may not have been around when Fred Merkle made his infamous gaff, when the Babe launched his called shot or when Bobby Thomsen's pennant-winning home run was heard round the world but the chances are these unforgettable moments are fresh in your memory, as if you had been sifting in the bleachers yourself. The Key Games chapter dissects baseball's most memorable happenings and lets history live forever in the permanent record of the game's line score.

The book concludes with a comprehensive Stats and Facts chapter that gives you all the numbers you need. Listed are career statistical leaders, single-game and single-season leaders for both the regular season and the World Series. This chapter also features lists of every final standing and postseason result since 1876 and a complete list of all Hall of Fame inductees, Cy Young, MVP and Rookie award winners.

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Don Zminda; Luke Friend
Published by Carlton Publishing Group (2002)
ISBN 10: 1842224352 ISBN 13: 9781842224359
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