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Baseball Fantography: A celebration in snapshots and stories from the fans Hardcover – April 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702136
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Strasberg, a San Diego Padres executive from 1975 to 1996, operates a consulting firm that offers marketing expertise to baseball personalities, teams, leagues, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the coauthor of Baseball’s Greatest Hit and was the technical consultant on the HBO film 61*. He lives in San Diego. Bob Costas is an award-winning sportscaster.


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I look forward to Strasberg's next work.
Steve F
If you know a baseball fan, please buy him or her this book.
Peter J Rukavina
The layout of the book is very appealing.
Dale B Heron

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Hokie on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Strasberg offers a book that combines interesting stories with many different voices and ties them to photos you thought your mother threw out with the baseball cards. Cards were fun but these photos are real keepers. What I really like is that fact that the photos cover fans view of the game from eight or so decades and show how the game has grown and changed, but the fans love of it remains remarkably the same. The fans stories behind the photos are cool.

The 18 authors tie togther some real unsual topics (scoreboards and signage, moonlighting (I never knew what players did in the offseason}and graves {really unique photos and crazy stories}). But the stuff you remember as a kid (camera day, seats, and baseball cards) just jump off the page and take you back to the days when dad and mom took you to the games with your brownie.

For my money, this is the best $20 you can spend on a baseball book. Heck, you can even share it with friends and even if they "forget" to return it, you won't regret buying another!

My only criticism---it's way too short.

Let's hope some other shutterbugs out there dig out their albums and shoeboxes and send stuff to him and he'll have more material to do a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale B Heron on March 31, 2012
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This is a wonderful book from the patina front cover to the last page. The stories are as good as the photos by fans from the last 70 years. The layout of the book is very appealing. Twenty three chapters from Spring Training to mascots to transportation to ballpark personnel. And a special section about Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith with 25 photos of him. The author, Andy Strasberg,tells how he came up with the idea for the book and tells of his special relationship with Roger Maris and the photo of the two together. If you have ever taken a picture at a baseball related happening you can relate to this book. There are photos of the famous and the not so famous but the pictures all have a story and that is what is really special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve F on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Terrific book. I enjoyed seeing the greatest game from the fans perspective. These images are one of a kind. I've been to Fenway hundreds of times and enjoy what happens in the stands and warning track as much as what goes on in the game itself... The shots off the field, where the players interact directly, speak volumes about the players that one doesn't get from a studio or posed shot. The image of Nick Altrock in front of the green monster, HOF Induction Ceremony and the snapshots of Braves Field are favorites. I look forward to Strasberg's next work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Medic28 on March 31, 2012
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This book is filled with many interesting, personal pictures and stories about players, stadiums and much more from the fans of the game. What makes this book so great, is that it is essentially made by the fans and their experiences. Seeing all the stories and pictures people have, really shows how special baseball is to millions of people. This book does a excellent job to bring out the true love of the sport that many people have. There are a lot of entertaining facts and personal stories that I have learned from reading this book and seeing the pictures. It is one thing to see the players on the field during a game. It is another thing to see all these pictures of players from every decade in many different places, on and off the field. This book is great for any baseball fan to see and learn more about the game through the personal experiences of the fans themselves.
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An unusual and an unusually good Baseball book about some of the great and not so great players and history of the past. Many candid pictures and stories about some of the greatest players and people of the game. Several Roger Maris photos as a player and as a family man. Greatly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.
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It was interesting to see all the photos taken by fans of the game , everyday people , just like myself . I think any fan of Baseball would really enjoy this book . The photos show that the players themselves were human in every way .
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