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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated Books (17 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933405236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933405230
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 3.2 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Amazing World of Sports From the editors of "Sports Illustrated for Kids" comes the most amazing, most awesome, most jaw-dropping collection of sports photos ever seen! Readers will travel--in photos--throughout the world of sports by visiting the Super Bowl, the Olympic ski slopes, baseball spring training, and more. Full description

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My love for American sports has grown since my son emigrated to NC, my love of SI books started in the Barnes and Noble sale and has flourished via Amazon due to the excellent variety of second hand material available. This book like my previous collectors books from SI is full of fantastic photographs through the ages that you can spend many an hour just flicking through and seeing something new everytime.

Packaged well and purchased second hand from Canada - end of print run overspill - excellent condition and delivery.
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By jason jones on 26 Dec 2014
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great pictures
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book on history of Baseball 24 Dec 2006
By lordhoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book proves to be a fantastic photo history of the Major League Baseball. Using some of the greatest baseball photographs ever taken by Sports Illustrated, the book traces the history of baseball from the first decade of the 20th century to the first six years of the 21st. There are short articles scattered among the pages on special events and personalities of the game but most of the book remains a photo feast of baseball history. Also shown are photographs of rare baseball equipments, probably from Cooperstown Hall of Fame collection. Each photographs proves to be clearly marked and explained.

While a fantatsic book overall, I only have two minor quibbles with the book. For one, the photographs are not in any real order. You got modern as well as old photos mixed together regardless of the decade chapters of the book. Articles are that way too. Two, as a Boston Red Sox fan, I was bit surprised that there was very little mention of their 2004 season play-off series which considered by many baseball historians as one of the greatest ever played. Breaking of the curse and all that captured the attention of the entire nation as no baseball event ever has in a very long time. (Entire team was voted as "Sportsmen of the Year".)

Otherwise, a fantastic collection of photos of baseball history that should satisfied any fan of the game like myself for long time to come.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book 6 Oct 2006
By Meade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A must for any Baseball fan. The photos in this book are simply amazing. It will make you fall in love again with the game you grew up on.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Could not be more excellent! 23 Jan 2012
By diegogu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The price is low compared to what you get. Excellent book! I bought it just to have a different perspective of baseball. but the pictures... the energy and history on this book are delightful. highly recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
solid job on a difficult task, could have been better, not as well done as SI's Football Book 4 Jan 2007
By Michael H. Morton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Overall I would say SI did a pretty good job with this book. The photography is awesome and they included several interesting and quirky aspects of baseball to help give a sense of the sport's unique history and personality. I learned quite a few new things and enjoyed seeing other things I had heard about, for example Juan Marichal using his bat as a weapon! Also a good job on baseball's international popularity by including several Latin/South American/Japanese players and their influence on the game.

I have to agree with the reviewer who thought the Red Sox 2004 World Series victory should have recieved more attention (and I don't even like them). This holds true for some other things too, such as the Bay area earthquake World Series, Lou Gehrig's "luckiest man" speech (not only a great baseball moment but a great moment for all humanity, but perhaps too obvious and well-known to be included in this book), and not including Field Of Dreams on the baseball movies page (the father/son relationship theme is so relevant to baseball and it's history in America). Hitting my father in the knees with fastballs in our backyard as he crouched down and caught and I pitched is one of my fondest childhood memories! By the way, Johnny Bench is the greatest catcher of all time because my father told me he was.

Guess I just wanted a bigger book! Baseball history is tough to cover because it has been around a lot longer and so many more games are played. With The Football Book, it was easier to cover everything and SI really nailed it.

Other complaints are that too many pictures from 2000 to present were included and not enough from the 70's, 80's, and early to mid 90's, when baseball was still great and not so profit-driven that core values and purity of the game are compromised for hype in order to look good in an ever increasing commercialized, quick-fix, and sterile society. (whatever that means)

Also detected a slight Yankees bias, but they do deserve the most coverage (DiMaggio, Mantle, Gehrig, Ruth, Maris--some of the classiest and greatest ever!). But Rivera on the all-time team? Ya, one of the great closers, and closing is more difficult than many think, but leaving off pitchers like Nolan Ryan, Bob Feller, and Gibson is just inexcusable. Closers?, we don't need no stinkin' closers.

I recommend buying this book for $19.95 on sale if at all possible.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nice coffee table book 7 Jan 2013
By Evil Hubie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're knowledgeable about the history of baseball, this book with reward you with hundreds of large-scale, gorgeous images from all eras of the game.

However, the book provides very little context for the photographs. While it includes a few random essays sprinkled throughout, The Baseball Book is 95% photos with short captions.

Not great for a young kid just learning about baseball on his own, but fantastic for a father to share with his kids.
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