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Baseball As I Knew It Paperback – July 22, 1977


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (July 22, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698108159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698108158
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,095,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Lieb, who covered his first ballgame in 1911, continued on to prowl pressboxes across the land for nearly seven decades. His Baseball as I Have Known It, is aptly titled; over a long and distinguished career, he knew just about everyone worth knowing in the game, and saw pretty much everything worth seeing. His recollections of the 1919 Black Sox, the Yankee dynasties of the '20s and '30s, and his affectionate reminiscences of Christy Mathewson and Lou Gehrig make Baseball as I Have Known It particularly worth knowing, too. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Lieb was an indispensable addition to any press box: he was there. . . . Reading his gentle memoirs is like having a drink at the Cubby-Bear Lounge outside Wrigley Field with an old-timer who remembers seeing Swish Nicholson play centerfield."—New York Times Book Review
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"[Lieb] has seen the best the game has had to offer, from Ed Delahanty to Tom Seaver. . . . It is a rare treat to read these vivid reminiscences recalling the exploits and personalities of early greats such as Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Nap Lajoie. . . . This belongs in every popular sports collection."—Library Journal
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
The romanticism of baseball's glorious history is well documented by Fred Lieb. His unique perspective of having followed the game as a young fan growing up in Philadelphia, then covering it as a sportswriter, allows the author to offer great knowledge of his beloved sport. Lieb also allows the reader to experience the thrills he enjoyed covering the game, as well as the human side of the ballplayers, on and off the field. This is absolutely a must read, both for the casual fan of the game, as well as those who thrill in baseball's glorious past.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on January 10, 2000
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Fred Lieb knew the players he talks about personally. Anything written by Fred Lieb about baseball is coming from a true authority on the subject. Baseball has a history unlike any other sport. No other sport can touch it, and in reading about it from Fred Lieb you are getting it from a true master. Do yourself a favor. Buy the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geneva Lewis VINE VOICE on March 5, 2008
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Fred Lieb wrote a gem that will have you referring back again and again. His matter-of-fact, focused writing style is a delight. He was a sports journalist in the 20's and 30's and knew many players, managers, and owners well. He takes sports stars out of the realm of mythology and humanizes their foibles and follies. His tales of Babe Ruth and the chapter about good friend Lou Gehrig is worth the price of the book alone. This is what writing is about! You may even get a few chills when his wife's work is elaborated upon, and how premonitions sometimes come true. You will also get a huge kick out of The Babe's response to her avocation- and the stories about Damon Runyon are fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ellie on November 9, 2013
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Excellent source by a guy who knew his subject thoroughly. He includes information I found no place else about the baseball player I'm researching.
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