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Baseball Anecdotes [Hardcover]

Daniel Okrent , Steve Wuif , Steve Wulf
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 April 1989
Baseball is "America's national pastime" and the intellectuals' favourite sport. It is a game with a long and colourful history, and hence was a natural subject for an Anecdotes book. This brings together stories from reliable historical sources, anecdotes gleaned from interviews, and some obvious tall tales that have made their way into the mythology of baseball.

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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195043960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195043969
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,361,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Okrent is Editor of New England Monthly, the author of Nine Innings, and co-author of The Ultimate Baseball Book (with Harris Lewine). Steve Wulf is a senior editor with Sports Illustrated.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Semi-Interesting Anecdotes, Not-So-Crisply Told 24 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is not a bad book: It's just very sluggisly paced without much style. In the hands of real sportswriters it could have been a gas. The authors are far too reverential: Cooperstown to them is some kind of holy shrine, and anyone with even a smidgen of skepticism is an Unbeliever. Hey, it's already late 1998. Why write like it's 1958?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The PBS Series Without Photos 6 Nov 1998
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Format:Paperback
For those of us who love the history of baseball as much as the game itself, this is a, "must get".
I found all the anecdotes from the PBS Ken Burns documentary "Baseball" here plus a bunch that didn't make it. (You may recall, that Daniel Okrent was heavily featured in the PBS series)
The only missing element that would cause me to bump my ratings to 5 stars would be(you guessed it) photos.
With the unearthing of Charles Conlon's negatives they would have a trove of other 18,000 images to choose from - most of which have yet to be published in this half of the century. (Only a fraction of these incredible images made it into the Abram's book, "The Golden Age of Baseball")
Of course, this would drive the cost of the book up and possibly detract from the wonderful stories here - I wonder out loud if it isn't perfect just the way it is...
Never the less, you will be all the poorer if this book in not in your baseball library, photos or not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Baseball Book you can find 12 Nov 1997
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Format:Paperback
This book is truly the best historical baseball book you could possibly read, in my opinion not intended to be read cronologically but rather reading the anecdotes whenever you feel like it, it's funny, charismatic and it would make an incredible gift for the true baseball fan, it's for kids, adults, seniors and everyone who really apprecciates baseball like I do
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2.0 out of 5 stars Semi-Interesting Anecdotes, Not-So-Crisply Told 25 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not a bad book: It's just very sluggisly paced without much style. In the hands of real sportswriters it could have been a gas. The authors are far too reverential: Cooperstown to them is some kind of holy shrine, and anyone with even a smidgen of skepticism is an Unbeliever. Hey, it's already late 1998. Why write like it's 1958?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Anecdotes 12 Nov 2008
By K.A.Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Daniel Okrent and Steve Wulf have compiled over 300 pages of major league anecdotes and trivia, dating from pre-Civil War to the modern era. The authors begin with Alexander Cartright and Abner DoubleDay, and just keep on going. There's a lot here in these readable pages, from personalities like Cap Anson, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, etc., to some of the more more successful and more colorful teams, key World Series', etc. The book covers each era, from the post-civil war teams of the later 1800's, to the dead ball era, the roaring 1920's, the Depression and War years, postwar baseball, expansion, etc. Hard core fans will recognize many of the anecdotes, but there's so many here that some are bound to be new. Actually, I wish the authors had included more pages of information, but this still makes good reading for baseball fans.

Thinking fans should also read Okrent's NINE INNINGS, a dated but superb look at baseball and baseball strategy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun stories from the national pastime 29 Nov 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Here is a treasury of great stories from the game of baseball. Collected and ordered from the 1800's down to today. You see some of the great characters from the game, and a look back to simpler times. Some very amusing stories are sure to keep you interested.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book for baseball fans on the east coast 2 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book does a great job of telling stories about Yankees, Red Socks, and the Yankees.
This book has a lot of history and, unfortunately, a lot of actual quotes (profanity and all)! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, I just can't let my son read it.
There was more listed in the book about Steinbrenner's early years as the Yankees' owner than the decade of the Big Red Machine and the oldest professional baseball team combined. I admit that I am a Reds' fan.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Baseball Book you can find 12 Nov 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is truly the best historical baseball book you could possibly read, in my opinion not intended to be read cronologically but rather reading the anecdotes whenever you feel like it, it's funny, charismatic and it would make an incredible gift for the true baseball fan, it's for kids, adults, seniors and everyone who really apprecciates baseball like I do
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