- Hardcover: 294 pages
- Publisher: Sports Illustrated; First Edition edition (October 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933405236
- ISBN-13: 978-1933405230
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sports Illustrated the Baseball Book Hardcover – October 17, 2006
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While a fantatsic book overall, I only have two minor quibbles with the book. For one, the photographs are not in any real order. You got modern as well as old photos mixed together regardless of the decade chapters of the book. Articles are that way too. Two, as a Boston Red Sox fan, I was bit surprised that there was very little mention of their 2004 season play-off series which considered by many baseball historians as one of the greatest ever played. Breaking of the curse and all that captured the attention of the entire nation as no baseball event ever has in a very long time. (Entire team was voted as "Sportsmen of the Year".)
Otherwise, a fantastic collection of photos of baseball history that should satisfied any fan of the game like myself for long time to come.
A lot of the pictures I've never seen before, so it's a fun book for this non-young reader as well.
However, the book provides very little context for the photographs. While it includes a few random essays sprinkled throughout, The Baseball Book is 95% photos with short captions.
Not great for a young kid just learning about baseball on his own, but fantastic for a father to share with his kids.
I think it will make an excellent birthday gift for my nephew and will purchase another one.
I have to agree with the reviewer who thought the Red Sox 2004 World Series victory should have recieved more attention (and I don't even like them). This holds true for some other things too, such as the Bay area earthquake World Series, Lou Gehrig's "luckiest man" speech (not only a great baseball moment but a great moment for all humanity, but perhaps too obvious and well-known to be included in this book), and not including Field Of Dreams on the baseball movies page (the father/son relationship theme is so relevant to baseball and it's history in America). Hitting my father in the knees with fastballs in our backyard as he crouched down and caught and I pitched is one of my fondest childhood memories! By the way, Johnny Bench is the greatest catcher of all time because my father told me he was.
Guess I just wanted a bigger book! Baseball history is tough to cover because it has been around a lot longer and so many more games are played. With The Football Book, it was easier to cover everything and SI really nailed it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was my second purchase of this item, gave the copy as a gift. It was very well appreciated.Published 5 months ago by Thomas Knight
Dust cover is awful.Other than that it is great. I cant complain considering the price though!Published 12 months ago by Barton