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The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition) Paperback – June 13, 2011
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An indispensable guide to the language of baseball. (John Curtis - San Diego Union-Tribune)
If you’re a baseball fan and...you’re curious about the etymology of the phrase out in the left field or you need a refresher on the infield fly rule. Well for 20 years, the authority, the baseball Bible, if you will, has been The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. (Melissa Block - All Things Considered)
A wonderful companion volume...enough to last a fan through a 162-game season and the playoffs.…What a treasure to have at hand with a long season ahead. (David Broder - Washington Post)
Very cool. (Rachel Maddow - The Rachel Maddow Show)
This magnificent volume will make the perfect gift for diehard fans. (Vick Mickunas - The Dayton Daily News)
[E]xtraordinary book…of value beyond the cost. If you or someone you love has an interest in [baseball, this] will be [a] welcome addition to any collection...so readable, so accessible, and such a pleasure to dip into, to research into, or to just sit down and read for the narrative flow. (James Srodes - Washington Times)
Always attuned to lore and language, Dickson ventures far beyond dugout expressions that have already dug out a place in common American speech. (Rob Kyff - Hartford Courant)
An invaluable American thesaurus. (Mark Shields)
Stupendous. . . . The best specialty dictionary I’ve seen in years. (Grant Barrett, lexicographer, NPR)
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It is often an over-used phase "this is a must have book." But in this case, the phrase aptly fits. So many interesting phrases and terms in this new edition, it boggles the mind that one sport has so many distinct terms. Where to start? I spent two hours just flipping the pages when it first arrived, and I barely got past the first couple hundred pages. Some of my favorite terms include: a bowling ball pitch, Bud Black market, a Six-o'clock hitter, a Bugs Bunny change up, the ever familiar ducks on the pond, a Linda Ronstadt pitch, and the place I often sit at games - the Uecker seats. Since I have an interest in the Athletics and their irascible former owner Charlie Finley, I was please to see orange baseballs and the Kansas City pennant porch in the book as well.
The book provides not only multiple definitions to many, many terms, but provides incredible details on the phrase or term's history and origins. There is no other baseball book like this one on the market today. Author Paul Dickson has done a truly masterful job of searching for new and interesting terms over the past ten years including many new words and phrases from Latin-American players, fantasy baseball expressions, and terminology from the shameful steroid era.
You can hear a very compelling interview with author Paul Dickson on NPR's All Things Considered at this link: [...]
Speaking for myself, I honestly don't know, but you could ask Paul Dickson, because he seems to have the answer. Otherwise, he could never have come up with his third edition of "The Dickson Baseball Dictionary".
As one who purchased and read - cover to cover, I must confess - the previous two editions of Mr. Dickson's formidable work on the rich, vast and altogether fascinating vernacular of baseball, I can truly say that this latest incarnation of his superlative work of lexicography is mind boggling in its scope, and thoroughly excellent in its execution.
Don't kid yourself by thinking you don't want or need to have it simply because you may already have a previous edition. This latest one is the real deal: no doubt about it. So do yourself a favor and buy it, and tell all your friends of like mind about it as well.
Trust me, they'll thank you for it.
The decision to buy this book is really a can of corn and if you are undecided, just remember that when you get to a fork in the road you should take it.
Well done and lots of fun.
Dickson and his supporting cast of over 400 contributors have succeeded in making this third edition a genuine upgrade on the previous version. The number of terms covered has increased from 7,000 to over 10,000 and, most importantly, the additions have been very well chosen.
The most substantial development is the inclusion of many terms from fantasy baseball and the statistical analysis of the sport. These topics have risen in prominence greatly over the last ten years and this needed to be reflected in the dictionary. Some of the terms relate to quite complex ideas, yet the definitions and explanations provided are succinct and clear.
The new terms fit seamlessly into the familiar format that has been used in previous editions. The Dictionary serves as both an extremely useful reference book as well as an entertaining guide to the unique language used in the sport, accompanied by many photos and pictures along the way.
If you are interested in the language of baseball, or simply want to learn more about the game, this is the book for you
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Excellent reference book for baseball fans! I haven't read this book cover-to-cover...but as a baseball fan, I love just thumbing through it to find words or phrases that may be... Read morePublished 5 months ago by brooklynbaseball1955
I have loved this book since I got the 2nd edition way back when. The Third Edition is double it's size. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DCLO
There isn't a baseball dictionary out there that can touch this mammoth!! Trust me, if you are looking for a baseball dictionary that covers everything from slang terms to history... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Carlos W. Wright
By far BY FAR the best reference book of baseball. You will love it. Great job of research for the author. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Juan J. Sanchez B
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This is a great resource to work with English as a Second Language Learners who notice that baseball is the underlying theme in American speech. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Janis Aldridge
This is a go to while watching a game or reading an article. The extensive research and history is of interest to fans of the game new and old. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by RL Miller
very comprehensive !!! it's super and a real challenge to tease my friends on my baseball knowledge.it is a fixture on my desk top for quick referencingPublished on August 12, 2013 by Jacqueline Simmons