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The Ultimate Baseball Book: The Classic Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Game [Paperback]

Daniel Okrent , Harris Lewine , David Nemec

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Updated edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618056688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618056682
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,862,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Traces the history of baseball and offers profiles of the individuals who shaped the game.

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WHEN Alexander Joy Cartwright brought the Knickerbockers and the New York Nine to the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, on June 19, 1846, to play the first game of baseball, it was his impression that he was creating a sport that would be played by gentlemen of leisure for recreation and amusement. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Best of Breed 14 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I read the first edition of this book, I guess more than 20 years ago now. I was dazzled immediately, in the very first inning, by both the prose and the great photos. The most amazing thing (to me anyway)is Nemec's historical report. Somehow even though he's writing the more recent chapters more than 10 years apart you'd never know it. You'd think of him as a 19th century guy from what else he's written, but his 1990's chapter flows with the same spark and flavor as his first chapter on the early years written way back when. Most of the other pieces hold up very well too, especially the one on DiMaggio and Richter's look at Montreal baseball before the Expos. Let's all hope this crew is still around in another decade to do another update.
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5.0 out of 5 stars marvelous 20 Sep 2007
By Doc Dave - Published on Amazon.com
If you're interested in the history of baseball, I think you will enjoy this book no matter what your level of expertise on the subject. I agree with the previous reviewer's comment about it being the best of its breed. They say Ken Burns called this "the Cadillac of baseball books," and you can certainly see the influence it must've had on his Baseball film-series. It's a nice fat book, at over 400 pages, and there are plenty of historical photos and illustrations included on practically every page, making it truly a browser's delight. With the expansive scope, covering 1876-1999, those who range from really serious to fanatical about baseball history may be left wanting more in terms of depth and description of many topics. Nevertheless, I found the level of detail impressive and I believe that almost anyone with an interest in the game will really enjoy this excellent book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball Memories 21 Jun 2014
By Marvin P. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
People often say that a picture is worth a thousand words. True! And so I can spend literally many hours a day scanning the pages of this great baseball book looking at all the photos and reading the essays, thus allowing my mind to wander into a different world.
Combining a comprehensive history of baseball with superb essays and over 800 photos, the baseball fanatics mind will be enhanced with a story about baseball from the 1930's through the 90's. Surely, this is a baseball classic with an excellent essay by George F. Will.
Being a die hard baseball fan all my life, I can easily get excited just thinking about the historical account about baseball that this book portrays. Reading through the pages of "The Ultimate Baseball Book" brings back many fond baseball memories that I will never forget, and I strongly encourage every baseball lover to get a copy of this great book and enjoy a delightful history about the story of baseball. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of BOYS ON THE GOLD COAST.
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