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Carlton Fisk willing the ball to stay fair to win game six of the 1975 World Series. Publicity-friendly Bill Veeck sending 3-foot, 7-inch-tall Eddie Gaedel to bat--wearing the number 1/8--in 1951. Jackie Robinson playing his first game with the Dodgers on April 5, 1947. These events make up only a small part of Baseball: 100 Classic Moments in the History of the Game.

Published under the aegis of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Baseball is a celebration of the national pastime--from the first World Series in 1903, when the American League's Boston Pilgrims beat the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates, to 1998's Sosa/McGwire home run race, and from Major League Baseball's lowest low (the Black Sox scandal, 1920) to its highest highs, like the Miracle Mets of 1969 or Roger Maris hitting home run number 61. Each classic moment is recounted and contextualized in a brief essay, while over 400 photos from the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame illustrate the text. Some may take issue with the 100 included moments, arguing that others should have been substituted--but that's the nature of the selection process. With its hundreds of photographs and thoughtful text, Baseball is a handsome addition to any baseball library. --M. Stein

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Carlton Fisk willing the ball to stay fair to win game six of the 1975 World Series. Publicity-friendly Bill Veeck sending 3-foot, 7-inch-tall Eddie Gaedel to bat--wearing the number 1/8--in 1951. Jackie Robinson playing his first game with the Dodgers on April 5, 1947. These events make up only a small part of Baseball: 100 Classic Moments in the History of the Game. Published under the aegis of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Baseball is a celebration of the national pastime--from the first World Series in 1903, when the American League's Boston Pilgrims beat the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates, to 1998's Sosa/McGwire home run race, and from Major League Baseball's lowest low (the Black Sox scandal, 1920) to its highest highs, like the Miracle Mets of 1969 or Roger Maris hitting home run number 61. Each classic moment is recounted and contextualized in a brief essay, while over 400 photos from the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame illustrate the text. Some may take issue with the 100 included moments, arguing that others should have been substituted--but that's the nature of the selection process. With its hundreds of photographs and thoughtful text, Baseball is a handsome addition to any baseball library. --M. Stein --Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789451212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789451217
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,168,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a must-have for any true fan of the game.
MICHELLE SHARPE
Readers will be guided through the highlights of the game and will see over 400 stunning photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum photo archives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MICHELLE SHARPE on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Very rarely do books come out that can be instantly realised as classic pieces of our culture. History of The Game is one such book, carrying you through over a hundred years of the most memorable, most mindboggling, most stunning baseball moments. When you read this book, when you gaze at the pictures, you will be taken back to a time when you sat up with your father to watch the late-night west coast game, when you waved with the crowd in Fenway, when your heart broke with the Sox in '86; when you leaped for joy for the miracle of '69; where you were for McGwire or Maris or Dimaggio. This book is not only full of simply baseball memories, but the memories of our life. It is a must-have for any true fan of the game.
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The strength of this book is found in the many detailed and interesting essays about the evolution of professional baseball over the last 100 years. The essays are emotionally highlighted by some of the best baseball photography you can hope to see. The book was done in cooperation with the Baseball Hall of Fame in conjunction with its 1997 photography show.
Clearly, many people will receive this book as a gift. I suggest it especially for youngsters who are developing their first interest in baseball. At that age, there is an insatiable thirst for knowledge that this wonderful volume can help to quench. Experienced fans will also enjoy receiving it, so keep it in mind for birthdays and occasions like Father's and Mother's Days.
The book is divided into five chapters:
1900-1919: A Sport . . . And A Scandal
1920-1941: The Home Run Saves the Game
1942-1960: The War and Post-War Period
1961-1974: Expansion
1975-1999: Today's Game
Each chapter begins with an essay about the entire period covered. Then the chapter highlights 20 events from that period. A brief summary begins each of the 100 events, followed by a detailed essay with numerous photographs. So you can quickly scan the book to find something that interests you (the index is good for finding your favorite players, teams, and events), and leave book marks on sections you want to return to.
The choice of subjects is varied and interesting. You get great moments in baseball (Babe Ruth "calling" his home run in the World Series, Bobbie Thompson's shot heard round the world, Roger Maris's 61st home run, and Nolan Ryan talking about his 7 no-hitters).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
America has been having a love affair with baseball for over 100 years. Reading this book is a way to relive the nation's collective memory of baseball through its best and worst moments.

Readers will be guided through the highlights of the game and will see over 400 stunning photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum photo archives. This hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball. Over 350,000 people travel to Cooperstown, NY each year to enjoy the museums exhibits and special events.

Nolan Ryan played for 27 seasons in the Major leagues and he was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1999. He has written a foreword filled with his memories of the game.

"I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I've spent most of my adult life making a living doing something I love." -Nolan Ryan

The text tells of little-known details and legendary records.

All I have to say is..."Do men look good in baseball uniforms or what?" Now, if my grandmother sees this book, she will steal it from me. We enjoy going to Mariner games on occasion, but if there is a game you can bet she is listening to the radio while she is cooking in the kitchen, will be found sitting in front of the TV, or is at the game.

I can't think of a better gift for a friend or relative who wants to reminisce over the classic moment in baseball. You can learn more about "The Curse of the Bambino," World Series games from 1903-1999," "The youngest Major League ballplayer," and ""The House that Ruth Built."

This is the definitive story of baseball and is told in a way no other book has told the story before. This is a chronicle of baseball's greatest conquests and defeats, its triumphs, heartaches and joys.

~The Rebecca Review
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on December 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
for the baseball fan this is a must.great plays captured here in there full essence&texture.when you see or read the impact of these plays you think what was i doing? the images are forever timeless you feel like they were all yesterday.so much joy&emotion from seeing them.that's why this is AMerica's Greatest Game ever.it has it all&more.the game has forever changed but it's impact is History always in the making.a great book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slanecastle on December 27, 2013
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I said it all.It was a gift and NOT until they took my money was I told it would be late;
Very,very deceptive during the season for cheer.
IF I get my money back from the three shops at Amazon I'll have enough to shop in a secure Amazon shop.
IF I GET MY MONEY BACK>>>>I doubt it,but I am filing claims on products that should have been here weeks ago
I Ordered EARLY just to avoid this type of snaffu....
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