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A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball: The Game on the Field (Volume 1) Hardcover – March 23, 2006
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Peter Morris's A Game of Inches is the one that every serious baseball fan must have. (Rob Neyer ESPN the Magazine)
A splendidly entertaining book. (Donald Honig)
Truly amazing. (Rob Neyer The Griddle)
Wonderful baseball anecdotes...a comprehensive volume of who-did-what-first adding a necessary human dimension to baseball facts and figures. (Philadelphia City Paper)
Every season needs a browser’s delight of a baseball reference book. Morris’ remarkable volume may have set that standard. (John Marshall Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Absolutely fantastic.... There is no end to the historical detail, the delightful anecdotes, and the clear explanations. (Dr. John D. Elgenauer, Super70s.com--Baseball)
Offering fascinating information on every page, this is a unique resource for baseball historians and serious fans. (CHOICE)
Morris combines learning, precision, and devotion to produce this charming book...This is heaven for fans of the game.... (Library Journal)
Morris' remarkable volume may have set [the] standard for this season and several to follow. (John Marshall Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
It's an everything you ever wanted to know reference source for anyone who truly loves baseball. (Albany Times Union)
Morris gives the scoop on three- and four-man umpiring crews, the history of bats, and more. (Carol Herwig USA Today)
An encyclopedic effort....interesting observations. (John Monaghan Providence Journal)
Clear some fresh space on your bookshelves. One of the all-time essential reference works for baseball has...arrived. (Daniel Gabriel Elysian Fields Quarterly)
Majestic in their detail and exemplary in their dedication to scholarship, these books will leave the reader...exhilarated. (CHOICE)
You could do no better than Peter Morris' A Game of Inches, an astonishingly well-researched history. (Keith Olbermann Msnbc)
A great source for baseball history. (Daily News)
Solid piece of near exhaustive research into...crucial aspects of the development of baseball. (John P. Rossi The Historian)
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The book is founded on solid research, going back to as close to the events as possible. Do we know of a first because it was reported in the newspapers the next day, or do we only have someone's recollections decades later? Morris is meticulous about letting the reader know. This could serve not only as a baseball history, but as a textbook on methods and limitations of historical research.
Morris avoids the problem of random factoids: of history as a series of disconnected events. A lesser author might determine who was the first pinch hitter, give a name and a date, and leave it at that. Morris puts pinch hitting in the context of the evolution of substitution rules, expanding rosters, and adapting ideology. We get a mini-essay on the development of this aspect of the game.
Similarly, the invention of the catcher's mask is put in the context of loosened restrictions on the pitcher's delivery, which allowed faster pitching and effective curve balls. These made the older method of an unprotected catcher standing well back from the batter less tenable, and protective equipment was invented in response. As catcher's equipment got better the catcher was able to move closer to the batter, which in turn affected aspects such as base stealing.Read more ›
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I got this in Kindle format so I could haul it around everywhere with me. This is a great reference book for the 19th Century base ball fan.Published 17 months ago by Steve Savage
to tell the truth, volume 2 was a better, and easier, read. this volume also has many fascinating things to teach, but almost reads like the phone book. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Still a Phillies Phan
I saw this book reviewed and wanted to purchase it for a grandson and a nephew, however, it was rather expensive (over $25.00). But I found it used for about $4. Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Bernice Siegel
This is one book that explain a part of baseball you don't read about in other books. Why are the rules what they are? How did they develop? Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Marc Ranger