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Glove Affairs: The Romance, History, and Tradition of the Baseball Glove Hardcover – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Edition edition (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572434201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572434202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How is it that Larry King remembers every detail about his first baseball glove, but Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith can't recall a thing about his? Such is the mystery of the baseball glove, a simple piece of sporting equipment that is both functional and, for reasons that are hard to pin down, often unforgettable. This handsome and smartly illustrated history of fielder's gloves is rich with information about and appreciation for the game. Lieberman explains how ballplayers were once thought unmanly if they used gloves to field thrown and batted balls and how big-leaguers vary in their approach to picking out and maintaining fielder's gloves; New York Yankee Derek Jeter opts for a new glove at the start of every season, but former Baltimore Oriole Brooks Robinson, probably the greatest defensive third baseman ever, would use his "until it was ragged." Lieberman's book does not require any intellectual heavy lifting, but with plenty of archival photos and a bundle of funny anecdotes, it gives readers an amiable way to welcome the new season. Kevin Canfield
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... a fascinating and funny paean to the glove: stick it on your shelf right next to that Marty Marion Rawlings. -- From Sports Illustrated

Every player's got one, every kid remembers first one. ... There's an abundance of lore ... behind this ubiquitous baseball icon. -- From USA Today Sports Weekly

The book describes the glove¹s colorful history ... and features wonderful anecdotes about first gloves. The book also includes practical advice .... -- From The Sporting News

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This book was really interesting.
The Sybarite
Saw a positive review in the Tampa Tribune and so I bought it for my son, but I ended up reading it this weekend before he got to it!
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Nominators obviously thought it is a very fun book to read and have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Phillips on April 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A well researched, written and needed book on one of baseball's fascinating subjects: the baseball glove. Liberman has touched all the bases and ... fingers on this
equipment topic.
My favorites and I'm sure many readers will find highly interesting, are the interviews with former and current major leaguers, the men who trusted and trust their living with this tool.
It's a fine catch for any baseball fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Brett on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most interesting baseball books I've read in a long time. Saw a positive review in the Tampa Tribune and so I bought it for my son, but I ended up reading it this weekend before he got to it! I never thought there was so much to know about the old glove...and the quotes are great. I'm not sure what Fuzzy's beef is about the pictures, because they're very vivid, they tell a great story. Lots of close-ups, plus action shots. I wish I still had my first glove now...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Kissane on June 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. It's well written, has a good variety of information and is very attractive in it's presentation, plus it's "accessible" to all types of baseball fans. If you're a glove aficionado (which I am not) perhaps you'll not find all you would hope for here, but that sort of book wouldn't be anywhere near as useful. Oh, and I grew up across the street from Noah Liberman and we played lots of sandlot ball together, although I've not seen him in two decades. Reading his book makes me miss those good old days. I still have the glove I used back then but I have to admit it's got some mildew, and I know that's at least one strike against me.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "terrypatrick" on April 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I must say upfront that I am not a glove collecter, so my perspective may be different from the other gentleman. However I am a true baseball fan. A big part of the enjoyment of baseball when you are young is getting your first baseball glove. For me, it started with an old hand-me -down fom my father - so seeing a lot of the old gloves and pictures of the great baseball stars was enjoyable. The bottom line is that this book lived up to the reason I bought it ... it was FUN to read for me. I am going to give it to my son to read and I think it would be an excellant book for all little league players as well. It is obvious that the author has a real passion for the baseball glove and wrote a book that reflected that. I especially enjoyed the stories, the ideosynchrasies of different professional players and the illustrations. I learned a lot of things about the baseball glove that I did not know. I highly recommend it.
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By The Sybarite on July 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was really interesting. It provides information on the history of the baseball glove, lots of pictures, anecdotal references from baseball legends and their gloves, and information on how to properly care for a glove.
I could not have asked for better content.
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If you were ever interested in how the baseball glove evolved this is the book.
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