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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

March 17, 2004

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<p><strong>"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —<em>Forbes</em></strong></p><br /><em>Moneyball</em> is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)
by Jim Bouton

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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Ball Four: The Final Pitch is the original book plus all the updates, unlike the 20th Anniversary Edition paperback. <br /><br />When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.<br /><br />Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people--often wildly funny people. Many readers said it gave them strength to get through a difficult period in their lives. Serious critics called it an important document.<br /><br />David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in Harper’s that said of Bouton: “He has written… a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.”<br /><br />In 1999 Ball Four was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the “Books of the Century.” And Time magazine chose it as one of the “100 Greatest Non-Fiction” books.<br /><br />Besides changing the image of athletes, the book played a role in the economic revolution in pro sports. In 1975, Ball Four was accepted as legal evidence against the owners at the arbitration hearing, which lead to free agency in baseball and, by extension, to other sports.<br /><br />Today Ball Four has taken on another role--as a time capsule of life in the sixties. “It is not just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,” says sportswriter Jim Caple. “It's a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a “tell all book” is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California.”<br /><br />This ebook version of Ball Four includes the first edition, the 1980, 1990 and 2000 updates, and 138 photos.<br /><br />ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br /><br />Jim Bouton was born in Newark, NJ, in 1939. He grew up in Rochelle Park, a blue-collar town that was too small for Little League. The result was that kids learned to play baseball without uniforms, parents, coaches, or umpires.<br /><br />In high school, his nickname was “warm up Bouton” because he never got into the games. Advised that becoming a major league pitcher was “unrealistic,” Bouton wrote his Careers Week report on the life of a forest ranger. He got a C on his report and an A on the cover--a nice drawing of a squirrel in a tree.<br /><br />Bouton was an All-Star pitcher and won 20 games for the Yankees in 1963. The next year he won 18 games and beat the Cardinals twice in the World Series. Eventually a sore arm got him sold to the Seattle Pilots--for a bag of batting practice balls. That’s when he began taking notes for his diary Ball Four, published in 1970.<br /><br />In the 1970s he was a top-rated TV sportscaster in New York City, acted in a Robert Altman film called The Long Goodbye, and made a brief comeback with the Atlanta Braves.<br /><br />In 2003 Bouton wrote and self-published Foul Ball, a diary of his battle to save a historic ballpark in Pittsfied, MA. Bouton says he only writes when he’s bursting to say something. “Ball Four was a book I wanted to write,” he says. “Foul Ball was a book I had to write.<br /><br />Today Bouton lives in a forest in western Massachusetts.
The Giants of The Polo Grounds: The Glorious Times of Baseball's ...
by Noel Hynd

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English

Pages

772

Publication Date

October 01, 2018

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The expanded and revised edition! A big free-wheeling uncensored FUN read about a great team, a great ball park and a great city.<br /><br />The Giants of The Polo Grounds is the definitive work on baseball’s New York Giants and their tenure in New York City. An “Editor’s Choice” of The New York Times when it was first published more than 20 years ago, the book was also a Spitball Magazine nominee for the Best Baseball Book of the year. Author Noel Hynd, a former contributor to Sports Illustrated, has now created a new edition that maintains all the previous text, but expands the work to more than 600 pages from the original 375. Included this time are more stories about McGraw, Ott, Durocher and Mays and their opponents, plus more on the men and women from other sports and various fields of entertainment who also were ‘giants’ of the Polo Grounds: from boxers Jack Dempsey and Sugar Ray Robinson to entertainers Annie Oakley and Tallulah Bankhead to football’s Red Grange and soccer’s Béla Guttmann. <br /><br />The Giants of The Polo Grounds is the story of a famous team, a renowned ball park, an invincible spirit and America’s most vibrant city from the 1880’s to the 1950’s. The new edition is packed with remarkable anecdotes about Broadway, New York politics, good guys and bad guys who made the Giants' era in New York unique and memorable. The new edition, practically the equivalent of two volumes, also features more than 100 photos and illustrations, most of them new, some rarely seen. <br /><br />Critical Praise for<br /><br />The Giants of The Polo Grounds<br /><br /><br /><br />“A compelling and comprehensive history of an extraordinary ball club.” -New York Times<br /><br />“Grandly digressive! The owners, stars like Mathewson and Mays, various eccentric players are all here in this vivid history by Sports Illustrated contributor Hynd.” - Publishers’ Weekly<br /><br />“Fans of all ages will treasure the crazy quilt text for its stylish recall of the game’s summer roots.” -Kirkus Library Journal<br /><br />“Just plain enjoyable as baseball is supposed to be.” - The Pennsylvania Gazette<br /><br />Think of it as a grand slam into the center field bleachers in the bottom of the 9th!<br /> <br /><br /><br />
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
by Robert W. Creamer

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English

Pages

468

Publication Date

June 28, 2011

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<DIV><B>“The best biography ever written about an American sports figure.” —<I>Sports Illustrated</I></B></DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Nearly a century has passed since George Herman Ruth made his major league debut, and in that time millions of words have been used to describe baseball’s greatest hero. But for a man like the Babe, for whom the phrase “larger than life” seems to have been coined, those millions of words have created a mythologized legacy. Who was the real Babe Ruth?</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Relying on exhaustive research and interviews with teammates, family members, and friends, historian Robert W. Creamer separates fact from fiction and paints an honest and fascinating portrait of the slugger. This is the definitive biography of a man who was, in legend and in truth, the best who ever lived.</DIV>
Catapult Loading System: How To Teach 100-Pound Hitters To Consis...
by Joey Myers

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English

Pages

104

Publication Date

January 07, 2017

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"My son is 12 and I have used some of the teaching of the Hitting Performance Lab are posting on here and my son hit the ball over 280 feet several times already in the game, not just practices, and also hit the fence on the fly on 300 feet field, so what this guy is teaching works, a least for my son...He weighs about 110 now but ,what I have noticed is how consistent his power has become thank you so much for your help, I played 10 years of professional baseball, and I wish I could of used some of this advice."<br />- Sandy Arecena<br /><br />This book is where Bill Nye the Science Guy meets Babe Ruth. Joey Myers uses human movement principles that are validated by science, to hitting a ball. With this system, Joey and literally hundreds of coaches across the nation are helping baseball and fastpitch hitters, to consistently triple their body-weight in batted ball distance.<br /><br />This is the 2017 Amazon best seller with over 11,000 copies SOLD & DOWNLOADED, has amassed over 100 book reviews (1st & 2nd editions combined) with an average review of 4.2 stars out of 5! At www.HittingPerformanceLab.com, we've helped tens of thousands of coaches build consistent power into their hundreds of thousands of hitters.<br /><br />Look, you can eat tomato soup with a spoon, fork, or knife, but only one of those is more effective. Teaching hitters is the same. There are hundreds of ways to teach it, but there's one most effective way. What's that? By applying human movement principles validated by REAL Science to hitting a ball, NOT the inferior teaching model of because-I-said-so "bro-science".<br /><br />This Step-by-Step guide shows hitting coaches:<br /><br />•Why hitting philosophy fails and principles that are validated by science succeed<br />•Why you shouldn’t make video analysis FIRST priority when modeling elite hitters<br />•What 30+ year coaching experience and pro players won’t tell you, and how the information source you focus on can dramatically cut down your learning curve<br />•How to become a hitting expert when you’ve never played higher than Little League<br />•There’s a BIG advantage to learning how the body actually loads (and it’s not what you’re thinking)<br />•A simple method that helped Babe Ruth to consistently crush the ball with some of the heaviest bats ever used<br />•SPECIFIC elite hitters revealing ways to hit high Ball Exit Speeds, swing after swing, using three elements even a 4yo can understand<br />•At last, the secret to transitioning grooved batting practice swings into game at-bats is revealed<br /><br />Swinging smarter by moving better.
The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking
by , Jeff Passan

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

April 01, 2018

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<DIV>With its three-hour-long contests, 162-game seasons, and countless measurable variables, baseball is a sport which lends itself to self-reflection and obsessive analysis. It's a thinking game. It's also a shifting game. Nowhere is this more evident than in the statistical revolution which has swept through the pastime in recent years, bringing metrics like WAR, OPS, and BABIP into front offices and living rooms alike. So what's on the horizon for a game that is constantly evolving?</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Positioned at the crossroads of sabermetrics and cognitive science, <I>The Shift</I> alters the trajectory of both traditional and analytics-based baseball thought. With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience in major league front offices, Baseball Prospectus' Russell Carleton illuminates advanced statistics and challenges cultural assumptions, demonstrating along the way that data and logic need not be at odds with the human elements of baseball—in fact, they're inextricably intertwined.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Covering topics ranging from infield shifts to paradigm shifts, Carleton writes with verve, honesty, and an engaging style, inviting all those who love the game to examine it deeply and maybe a little differently. Data becomes digestible; intangibles are rendered not only accessible, but quantifiable. Casual fans and statheads alike will not want to miss this compelling meditation on what makes baseball tick.</DIV>
The 1967 American League Pennant Race: Four Teams, Six Weeks, One...
by Cameron Bright

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English

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327

Publication Date

May 12, 2018

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 In 1967, in the midst of a nail-biting six-week pennant race, the Red Sox, Tigers, Twins and White Sox stood deadlocked atop the American League. Never before or since have four teams tied for the lead in baseball’s final month. The stakes were high—there were no playoffs, the pennant winner went directly to the World Series.<br /> Here, for the first time, all four teams are treated as equals. The author describes their contrasting skill sets, leadership and temperament. The stress of such stiff and sustained competition was constant, and there were overt psychological and physical intimidations playing a major role throughout the season. The standings were volatile and so were emotions. The players and managers varied: some wilted or broke, others responded heroically.
Triple Crowned: The San Francisco Giants' Incredible 2014 Champio...
by Bay Area News Group

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

November 15, 2014

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<div>Baseball’s new dynasty is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants captured their third World Series crown in five seasons in 2014—this last one having taken perhaps the most unlikely path. San Francisco finished second in the NL West but advanced to the Wild Card game against Pittsburgh. The Giants stomped the Pirates 8-0, then outlasted the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals to set up a Fall Classic showdown with the Kansas City Royals.<BR><br /> Packed with insider analysis and outstanding color photography from the Bay Area’s largest newspaper publisher,<I> Triple Crowned</I> takes fans through the Giants’ improbable journey, from Tim Lincecum’s June no-hitter to the Wild Card game in Pittsburgh to the final out against the Royals. This commemorative edition also includes profiles of Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and other fan favorites.</div>
Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining t...
by Keith Law

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

April 25, 2017

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<p><em>Predictably Irrational</em> meets <em>Moneyball</em> in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.</p><strong></strong><p>For decades, statistics such as batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by <em>people</em>, not by <em>numbers.</em>?</p><p>In this informative and provocative book, teh renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, a little math, and lively commentary, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers—dating back to the beginning of the professional game—is firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition. </p><p>While Law gores sacred cows, from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule, he also demystifies sabermetrics, explaining what these "new" numbers really are and why they’re vital. He also considers the game’s future, examining how teams are using Data—from PhDs to sophisticated statistical databases—to build future rosters; changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports. </p>
Maz to Yaz to Amazin': Baseball's Spectacular 1960s
by Thad Mumau

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English

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244

Publication Date

July 27, 2018

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The majesty and magic of 1960s major league baseball created a legion of lifelong fans. The decade began with epic blasts from Bill Mazeroski and Ted Williams and ended with the Mets amazin' championship. In between came Maris and Mays and Koufax and Gibson and Aaron and Robinson and much, much more.<br /><br />1960s baseball was momentous at every turn, from incredible pennant races, to great World Series, to home run records, to extraordinary pitching. Threaded throughout was a siege of freshness. New stars, new teams, new rules, and new ways of playing changed the game forever.<br /><br />No fewer than 54 Hall of Famers played in the 60s, more than any other decade, many of whom are among the greatest legends in the history of the game. They are all here, among statistics and stories about more than 400 players, ample photos, and portraits and funny anecdotes about classic 1960s figures like Smoky Burgess, Rocky Colavito, Moe Drabowsky, Mickey Lolich, Joe Pepitone, the Alou Brothers, Paul Blair, and many, many more<br /><br />In Maz to Yaz to Amazin', Thad Mumau captures the on-the-field tremors from Opening Day until Game 7, from Stan Musial to Dick Allen, from the Yankees' collapse to the Red Sox's Impossible Dream. His intimate and informed account is part romance for a simpler game, part historical report of a decade of unparalleled feats, part roll call of the fascinating and fabulous ballplayers who filled the dugouts through the decade.<br /><br />Chapters alternate between a recap of each season and a review of the decade's most significant events, including the biggest trades, expansion, changes in strategy, the impact of African American and Hispanic players, plus exclusive interviews with two of the greatest players of all time, Tom Seaver and Roberto Clemente!<br /><br />Whether you have Manny Mota's lifetime stats memorized or think Blue Moon Odom is a craft beer, Maz to Yaz to Amazin' is THE go-to source for everything 1960s baseball!

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