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Baseball's Best 1,000 Revised: Rankings of the Skills, the Achievements, and the Performance of the Greatest Players of All Time Paperback – April 1, 2008

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Based on criteria including lifetime stats, player durability and consistency; All-Star participation; MVP, Gold Glove, and Cy Young awards; individual statistical championships; personal and professional contributions to the game; sportsmanship; and election to the Hall of Fame, Baseball's Best 1,000 presents the greatest players of all time.
• Rankings of the greatest players of all time from 1 to 1,000
• Includes a player biography, photograph, lifetime statistics, teams played for, positions and years played, and other information for every player from 1 to 1,000.
• Includes Major League players as well as Negro League players in one definitive list.
• Spans the generations from the late 19th century to today.
• Special sections on the best Japanese players, the best women players, and the best "pre-historical" players from the time before statistics were available.

About the Author

Derek Gentile is a reporter for the Berkshire Eagle and is the baseball historian for Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He is the author of Smooth Moves and Baseball's Best 1,000, both published by Black Dog & Leventhal. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Revised edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579127770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579127770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
The author presents a personal portrait of each
baseball great. The descriptions contain pertinent
information about baseball stats, nicknames,
career highlights and rank. Giants; such as,
Traynor, Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax appear
throughout.

The acquisition would be appropriate for the
baseball buff in your house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Reich on July 13, 2012
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The list is subjective and I guess that's ok. But why would I be interested in a subjective list? There are many excellent baseball books out there where people give reasons and arguments for what they believe.
I liked the book to some extent, because there were interesting facts and comments about the players. I did find it odd that he mentioned how well several of the Pitchers hit and then didn't mention hitting at all when he talked about the best hitting pitcher of all time, the one who hit better than his brother, a Hall of Fame position player.
I didn't mind that his list is just flat wrong because my list would be just flat wrong also because no one is right about this sort of thing.
However, Bill James wrote a few pages about why Willy Mays had the better career while Mickey Mantle was greater in the short term and another few pages about why some Left Fielders are faster than any Right Fielder but other Left Fielders are slower than any Right Fielder and those few pages were more interesting than this whole book. And that is because James, right or wrong, used evidence and logic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. DiSalvo on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Personal and subjective lists of this matter are fine, and while the list has some really bad placements (is Jim Thome REALLY #945?- worse than Kal Daniels? Really?!?!?), I will suspend my disbelief in respect to his choices. Still, for a revised book, there are many errors. Typos aside (bunches of them), dates ( for example; Graig Nettles' game three World Series heroics were in '78, not '77) and bad stat research (example; Honus Wagner is said to have made NO errors in 1902 , but in fact made 30!!!) is disappointing and further takes away from any "expertise". There is a lot of good things in this book, but weak research and even weaker proofreading make for more frustration than any of the choices that were made. Check out Bill James and Rob Neyer instead.
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