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Neil Leifer: Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball (German) Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3822845507
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822845509
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 12.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Neil's book has some of the greatest photos you'll ever see, even if you've seen them before." - Yogi Berra"

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Featuring over 300 photos, the book is divided into four chapters: The Game; the Heroes--like Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, and pitcher Sandy Koufax; the Rivalry (infamously, between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox and the Giants and Dodgers); and the World Series championship.

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My Dad loved receiving this for Father's Day!
Momma
From the vibrant cover photo to the pictures inside, this is a wonderful book, well worth your time and money.
RicoNorth
This is a book for any baseball fan of any age.
Alan L

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RicoNorth on October 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The images in this book capture an era in baseball history. From the vibrant cover photo to the pictures inside, this is a wonderful book, well worth your time and money. The quality of the book itself is top shelf, the paper is rich and well printed. Thumbs up to Neil Leifer for this great book and to Taschen for doing such a great job publishing it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Harris on January 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The cover itself reflects an era that will never be repeated: 1) the pitcher (drysdale) completed his game. 2) tthe clock on the scoreborard reveals that he game took barely 2 hours 3) it was a day game world series 4) Drysdale is surrounded by black ballplayers (where did they all go?) 5)All three players essentially spent their entire careers with one team (Dodgers). The ball players look lean and mean-no steroids. Where did we go wrong?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Merritt on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's mind-boggling to think that Neil Leifer was basically a kid when he took most of these pictures. Born in '42, Leifer had shot a great many of these images before he was even 21. (There's a great shot of him sitting with Stan Musial in which he doesn't even look old enough to be the bat boy, much less a professional pohotographer.) Clearly, however, he was a prodigy and a natural, because this book is full of incredible shots that rank right up there with his iconic photo of Ali standing over Liston. The narrative that goes along with the images isn't always illuminating; if you're a big enough fan of baseball history to be buying a book like this, then you will already know most of what it has to say. But the text is beside the point; it's the pictures that matter, and on that score Leifer is hard to touch in the history of sports photography. Most of the great players of the 50's, 60's, and 70's are represented, in a wealth of B&W images along with amazingly vibrant color shots that capture the sometimes balletic, sometimes violent beauty of this 'pastoral' game (to borrow the popular misnomer, undoubtedly coined by someone who's never seen a collision at the plate up close).

For fans of baseball or photojournalism, this is worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Redjupiter on January 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is fascinating, with many pictures never seen before, more interesting the explanations behind the pictures, a collectors item
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan L on August 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for any baseball fan of any age. Great photos not seen before. Totally enjoyable. A Must.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shawn C. Fitzgerald on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't normally goe for books this size,but after looking through the book and the many pictures in it I had to add this to my sports library.Alot of these players pictures I'd never seen before, ballplayers such as Early Wynn,Willie Tasby,Johnny Podres and Jackie Brandt to name a few.All of these pictures were taken by Neil Leifer between 1960-1977 with a couple from the late 50's.Magnificent pictures of Roberto Clemente,Koufax on the mound,and a sequence of photos from a 1976 bench clearing brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox.As an APBA computer sim player these historic photos add more enjoyment to my game.
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