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Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure Hardcover – July 5, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608192695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608192694
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


One of Baseball America’s Best Baseball Books of 2011

“Beautiful, number-crunched combination of statistical and graphic-design geekery”—New York Times Magazine
“The greatest baseball infographics ever.”—Slate
“Often wacky and always engaging”—Sports Illustrated
“Infographics much more stunning than those you'd find in USA Today”—Deadspin
"Contains a lifetime of baseball knowledge."—Toronto Star
"Irreverent and entertaining"—Baseball America

“The combination of [Robinson’s] precisely created charts and the offbeat things they chart reflects a brain firmly, winningly divided between the game’s childlike, imaginative pull and the over-thought technocracy of its sabermetrics era.”—The Second Pass
“Casual fans will definitely appreciate the trivia and visual aesthetics of Robinson's infographics. It's also a book that packs a ton of information for real fans—I find myself looking at the graphics over and over because I know I will find more value each time I pick up the book up.”—Kevin Lai, Hardball Times
“Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It provides insight into the game of baseball you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll also have the coolest book on your coffee table for when you throw one of those dinner parties you keep having.”—Mop Up Duty

About the Author

Craig Robinson is, among other things, an Englishman and a New York Yankees fan with a soft spot for the Colorado Rockies and a man-crush on Ichiro. Last season he played outfield for the Prenzlauer Berg Piranhas in the Berlin Mixed Softball League (AVG .452 SLG .548 OBP .575). His previous book, Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World, was deemed "highly inappropriate" by the director of the Forsyth County Public Library. His Web site is www.flipflopflyball.com.

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This really is a fun book.
Donald Capone
For someone like me who likes baseball and loves trivia, this book is great.
Eric Aderhold
This book combines baseball stats and graphics in a very entertaining way.
Todd Hawley

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grant Beaudette VINE VOICE on June 26, 2011
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With its leisurely pace and summertime schedule, baseball is well suited to inane statistics, wild speculation and other flights of fancy. Flip Flop Fly Ball delves deep into baseball's trivia fringe with sharp infographics and a special point of view.

Robinson's experience is quite an interesting one. Not just being a baseball fan from England, but also as someone who didn't come to baseball until well into adulthood. That gives his impressions of the game a unique flavor. While partaking in the multi-ballpark roadtrip has almost become a cliche, it takes on a different tone from Robinson's perspective. His talk of meeting weird people at the bus station and finding a place to smoke plays a fun contrast to the usual Americana and father/son warm fuzzies.

While the writings takes up a fair chunk of the book the majority of pages are dedicated to Robinson's paintings and most importantly his infographics, illustrating anything and everything having to do with baseball; from which numbers have been retired the most to which teams give out the most bobbleheads.

Rather than waxing philosophical like many baseball books, Robinson waxes almost nonsensical from graphics on stadiums with the most aesthetically pleasing parking lots to an "interview" with that dove Randy Johnson obliterated with a fastball in 2001. Just to better point out the book irreverent nature, the final graphic is the box score of a fantasy game between the E Street Band and the Wu-Tang Clan. (I won't spoil who won)

Flip Flop Fly Ball is well worth the purchase; both as a unique and humorous look at the American pastime, and as a fine coffee table diversion for long, plodding, walk-filled August gamedays.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Hearing on June 9, 2012
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This book could easily have gotten 5 stars from me. It should have. First, the good. It is a wildly fun book to read with all kinds of delightful insights, kooky and entertaining graphs, and information you would never find anywhere else. It is shared with obvious love by the author who has a brain that seems to think in ways that baseball lovers can truly appreciate. So why 3 stars rather than 4 or 5? He loses a point because although the graphs and charts are fabulous, they are also frequently nearly impossible to decipher. Tiny lines interweaving with other tiny lines with print that would require at times a magnifying glass to figure out. And worse, and completely bewildering, much of the very small font text is in colors that virtually disappear in the background colors. Who edited this? It is as if one guy sent in the charts and another guy totally apart from the first guy picked deep, rich page colors. Two fine ideas that when mixed together left an unreadable mess at times. He also loses a point for immaturity. He writes delightful prose about the game and the beauty around it, then without warning drops in a stupid comment referencing body parts or bodily functions that are not funny nor relevant. Was I offended? No. But those comments are shoved into the writing the way a 14 year old would talk and then giggle afterwards at being "naughty." It came across as juvenile and idiotic.
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If you are any kind of a baseball fan, even the most casual one, I expect you will love this book as much as I do. It is lightweight and funny... and also chock full of baseball trivia. And not the dumb trivia that's simply collections of statistics that make you say, "Who cares?" These are answers to the questions that we genuinely ask during baseball games, or would be proud to ask: "Have there been any gay baseball players?" "What town in the continental U.S. is furthest from a major league stadium?" "If you added up all of Barry Bonds' walks, how many miles would he have walked?" (43.6 miles -- farther than from the Giants' ballpark than to San Jose, as the crow flies) "Which teams have the highest and lowest ticket prices?" (How 'bout that. For the price of the most expensive seat at Yankee statium, $1250, for what the author calls "so close you're sniffing the umpire's ass crack," you could buy 312.5 tickets in the cheapest seats, $4, in the bleachers at Coor's Field.) And... well, lots and lots and lots of these. Each of the 100+ items gets an infographic of its own: a chart, graph, Venn diagram or whatever. So you can really SEE the difference in ballpark elevations, for instance, not read a number.

There's another category of reader who will enjoy this book: People who make presentations for a living. Everyone tells you how important it is to communicate information in a visual way, and Craig Robinson demonstrates that he is a master of the art. Even if you don't care about baseball in the least, contemplate the difficulty of creating an infographic that shows (not tells but SHOWS) the relationship of baseball player salary to the team's yearly standings (including who was in the playoffs and who won the World Series) for the last 20 years. That's a LOT of data...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel T. Pollitt on July 6, 2011
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I've followed Craig's website for quite some time, and was excited for his first Flip Flop Fly Ball book. After an excellent introduction by Rob Neyer, Craig dives right into fun facts like Ted Williams' 1941 batting average, ballpark smoking rules, ticket prices, perfect game data, how to dismantle a championship team, and why centaurs wouldn't make good third basemen. Each page is full-color, provides sources, and is unlike anything you'll find in your next PowerPoint meeting. Craig provides a unique perspective (MLB fan outside of America) and interweaves his obsession and curiosity for baseball with knowledge you will chuckle at and share with friends. Highly recommended.
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Born in Lincoln, UK in 1970. Currently living in Mexico City, Mexico. Very short-sighted. Beard. Large collection of baseball caps. Fan of procrastination, drawing, Mariano Rivera, the Beach Boys, Yves Klein, Peanuts, peanuts, the Shangri-Las, Ichiro Suzuki, Lolita (the book and the Kubrick movie), Diego Maradona, Seinfeld, mezcal, Kenny Dalgish, and poutine.

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