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Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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“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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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.
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two of my favourite things combined in one book... Baseball and info graphics. What's not to like?
Crisply printed and full of surprising info.
I first got turned on to Craig Robinson's quirky and attractive baseball art through UniWatch, and I have become a huge fan of his. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chazberg
I don't remember how I came across this book, but I knew it was the perfect gift for my husband. He was pleasantly surprised and has spent quite a bit of time looking at the... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Any baseball fan would love it, and the graphic design is spectacular!
Of course, the statistics are now a tad dated, but for the true fan, that's really not an issue.
A future gift for a youngish baseball fan who likes facts and trivia about anything. I enjoyed looking thru it myself. Not just an ordinary statistics book. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by H. Freeman
If you are like me and spend most of your time looking at charts and graphs at work, you will love this book. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Andy E.
What a great book! After visiting the author's website and thoroughly enjoying his infographics, I was so happy when he put together a book. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by K. Wilson
This is a fun book that any baseball fan will enjoy. It's filled with graphics illustrating all sorts of baseball statistics, often in clever ways. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Paper Pen
If you love baseball, get this book. The trivia is fantastic, the infographics delightful, and it's a hefty hardcover which is seldom made any more. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Adrian Black