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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated; ILL edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618930559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618930552
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 10.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sure to spark debate among baseball fans counting down the hours until spring training." --USA Today Top 10 Gift Books

"If Helen of Troy had the face that launched a thousand ships, this is the book that will launch at least a thousand passionate discussions. . . . The pictures alone are a treasure trove." --MLB.com

"Sports Illustrated [provides] a lesson in MLB history . . . in [its] beautiful, expansive book." --Parade.com

"This is the kind of book baseball fans can cherish. . . . Whether you agree or disagree with Sports Illustrated's choices, one thing is certain--you cannot dispute the crisp writing, bold photography and compelling layout of Baseball's Greatest." --Bob D'Angelo, The Tampa Tribune

"The best of America's favorite pastime." --Family Circle

"Sports Illustrated at its best." --The Sherman Report

"The greatest of the great, with matching outstanding photography . . . a celebration of the players, teams and games that fans have loved for more than a century." --NY Sports Day.com

About the Author

Sports Illustrated, the most respected voice in sports journalism, is a multimedia sports brand that takes the consumer into the heart and soul of sports. It reaches a weekly audience of nearly 21 million, and SI.com, the magazine's 24/7 sports news website delivers more than 150 original stories each week.

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My son loves this book !
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Well done, very interesting pictures, information and a good source for baseball history.
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Anyone who is a baseball fan will love this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jaybird on October 24, 2013
This book really brought a lot of history in sharp focus- Highlighting the careers both of old and new players, using some crisp amazing photography capturing the essence of the players, events and mood of the game- folks may debate the rankings but it is still a must have for any student of the game!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark McGinty on December 10, 2013
A big part of being a baseball fan is debates the nuance of the game from the stands, or at work the day after a game, or during the cold, quiet offseason. Which current players belong in the Hall of Fame? Who was the greatest catcher of all time? Should there be instant replay? What was the single best game every played? There are hundreds of debates, and each debates has hundreds of opinions. And in the spirit of year-end lists, Sports Illustrated’s Baseball’s Greatest presents a colorful and thought-provoking summary of baseball’s best, including the top sluggers, pitchers, stadiums, managers and games of all time.

It is the ultimate book of baseball top ten lists, compiled through a collaboration of SI writers and editors, ranking the best players by position but also the best base runners, sluggers, defensive players and baseball movies. Who was the #2 shortstop of all time? Derek Jeter. Who is the #9 center fielder? Kirby Puckett. What was the greatest game ever played? It’s not Jack Morris’s 10-inning shutout during Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. As a Twins fan I’m biased towards that one, but it came in at #3. And isn’t The Natural a better baseball movie than Moneyball? As you can see, there is already plenty to debate. Imagine the opinions, the arguments that a top 10 list in over 20 baseball categories can create!

This is a hefty, significant coffee table book, overflowing with wonderful color photos, and classic shots of the old baseball legends who occupied this earth long before many of us. Ty Cobb (the #2 center fielder of all time), Lefty Grove (the #2 left-handed pitcher), and the Polo Grounds (the 8th best ballpark) all make appearances in giant, vivid black and white.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Van on December 6, 2013
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It covers all the greats, from the olden days to the current players. I especially liked the coverage by player position, so it isn't just the home run hitters that are featured. One surprise was finding there was only player to make the best list at two different positions!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Solomon on November 24, 2013
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Of course, coming from Sports Illustrated, the photography is great.

I could look at this book over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. S. Kuramoto on April 29, 2014
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I bought this for my husband and son to share, and they love it! It is a beautifully produced book. It goes back through the history of baseball to highlight the best players at each position on the field. A wonderful collector's items.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on December 14, 2013
Title: Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest
Editor: Bill Syken
Publisher: Sports Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-61893-055-2

"Who is the greatest centerfielder of all time? How about the most dominant pitcher? What's the best game ever? SI's team of experts once and for all settles the questions baseball fans have been debating since the first pitch was thrown," the back jacket cover announces in the book, "Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest."

At two hundred and eighty-eight glossy pages, this over-sized hardbound coffee table book is targeted toward those who love the game of baseball and anything to do with America's favorite pastime. With color or black and white photographs that are full page close-up or smaller inserts, Sports Illustrated makes its mark honoring the beloved sport.

After an introduction discussing the athletes chosen and explaining how they were ranked, it gives the top ten players in each of the nine positions including right-handed, left-handed, and relief pitchers along with managers, games, ballparks, and franchises. Also added are the best designated hitters, sluggers, base runners, defensive players, and a summary of uniforms, characters, rivalries, movies, quotes, and records with a recap of results but no index listing names alphabetically.

In each of the "best of" chapters, the ten players chosen are listed with the winner first with large photographs and a few paragraphs per competitor. Also in each section, there is a full-page article reprinted from Sports Illustrated about a particular player.

Take the "mind and soul" position of catcher with the top ten listings in order starting with the best: Bench, Berra, Campanella, Rodriguez, Gibson, Cochrane, Fisk, Dickey, Piazza, and Carter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stretch on November 25, 2013
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The ratings of most of the players seemed to be reasonable. Of course there were a few that were arguable, but overall the ratings were spot on. Photos were wonderful. Articles that were included were very good choices. Good addition to a baseball fan's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Wechsler on April 22, 2014
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Great pics. Great writing as usual from Sports Illustrated. Would recommend it to any baseball fan. Well worth the price.
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