Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Playing Hard Ball: County... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping option on this book. Guaranteed very good quality. Used but still in excellent condition for the next owner.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball Paperback – 1 May 2003

7 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£3.59 £0.01
£9.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball + Luck: A Fresh Look At Fortune + What Sport Tells Us About Life
Price For All Three: £23.92

Buy the selected items together



Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349116660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349116662
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ed Smith is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He was formerly an international cricketer, playing for Kent and England, then captaining Middlesex.

Ed's previous books include PLAYING HARD BALL, ON AND OFF THE FIELD (Wisden Book of the Year and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year) and the critically acclaimed WHAT SPORT TELLS US ABOUT LIFE.

After retiring from cricket Ed became a leader writer for The Times. He is now a columnist for The Times, The New Statesman and cricinfo. He has also written and presented TV and radio programmes for the BBC and commentates for Test Match Special.

In LUCK- A FRESH LOOK AT FORTUNE, Ed traces the history of the concepts of luck and fortune, destiny and fate, from the ancient Greeks to the present day - in religion, in banking, in politics - arguing that the question of luck versus skill is as pertinent today as it ever has been. The paperback is published in April 2013.

Product Description

Review

Original...engrossing...lucid and informative (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, THE TIMES)

Quite simply it is brilliant (THE CRICKETER)

Ed Smith is superb on analysing the different techniques involved in the two activities. He also writes with great insight... excellent on the social and historical contexts of both baseball and cricket. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

An instructive and entertaining book, full of insights. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Book Description

* Uniquely informed insider's account of the cultural comparisons between cricket and baseball by a writer who has played at the highest level.

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
First Sentence
Cricket and baseball are like parents and their teenage children: they have so much in common and yet remain a total mystery to each other. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 31 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
...but that is all it is.

I enjoyed this book but it was not the book I was expecting or hoping for. That said, if Ed Smith had written the book I wanted him to write I suspect that only about 3 people would have read it.

I was hoping for a much more technical analysis of the similarities and differences between baseball and cricket. In this respect the book is quite sparse. The view that the equivalent of a batsman in cricket is the pitcher in baseball is interesting (although never really explored) but quite superficial.

Finally, in the section that discusses which cricketers could have played baseball, Ed Smith omits to mention the one cricketer who could not only have played baseball but been a star. Viv Richards, certainly the best batsman I have ever seen, would have been a fantastic baseball player - good speed, a strong arm, fantastic eye, powerful hitter - I suspect he could have even played shortstop.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Sport Nut on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
A readable account of the differences between cricket and baseball. There is the inevitable discussion of the technical aspects of each game, but this book is at its best where Smith is exploring the cultural and social sides of the two sports. Smith is well-qualified to compare the two - a successful professional cricketer, Smith also spent some time in baseball spring training after becoming an avid New York Mets fan. His description of the hype and scrutiny faced by baseball players is one which most county crickets can only ever imagine, and I suspect that they would prefer the English game - although with the American salaries, no doubt.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
A good read and a very interesting tale about a professional cricketer's foray into professional baseball. An eye-opening experience as to the difference between the two sports and good in-depth historical analysis provided a strong basis for the comparison. I would recommend this to any one who enjoys America's pastime, particularly nascent baseball fans in the UK. It is easy to see why Smith curtailed his cricketing career to pursue a career in writing/journalism as his style of writing is free-flowing and imaginative, making the book very worthwhile.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It s a great topic and Ed had great access and insight into the two worlds, he captured some good moments and makes some interesting observations. I would have preferred a little more depth and analysis of the comparison. That said it's a good read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback