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The Underground Baseball Encyclopedia: Baseball Stuff You Never Needed to Know and Can Certainly Live Without Paperback – April 1, 2010
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"Schnakenberg is the clown prince of American letters!"
--Jack Canfora, playwright, author of Jericho
Top Customer Reviews
For anyone fascinated with every possible aspect of the game; especially the ludicrous and zany antics from all sections of baseball's inner sanctum; this book is for you. I loved it.
I also loved the reverse psychology Robert Schakenberg uses to convince readers they really need to have this book; the title explains that strategy. The truth of the matter is, the baseball junkie may be able to live without this particular piece of irreverent folklore, but life's more interesting knowing all this ridiculous stuff. So get a copy for yourself; you won't regret it.
remember watching Jose Canseco on The Simpsons, and think the name
Rusty Kuntz is funny. Those are the kinds of things you'll read about
in the Underground Baseball Encyclopedia, a book that takes a
historian's commitment to research and accuracy and unleashes it on
baseball's pop culture connections, minutiae, and inanity. Not only is
this a great trip down memory lane, I also learned a few things I'd
never heard about (did you know the woman behind Mrs. Fields cookies
was an Oakland As ballgirl?). It's also got a lot of unusual and
interesting photos of mascots, board games, baseball cards, and so on.
One of the more enjoyable baseball books I've read in some time, and
one of those books your friends will want to borrow.
I didn't quite get why there were so many references to the Texas Rangers throughout as who knew they were that influential? Also, beer and peanut vendor info kind of got a bit carried away. Frankly, hippy dippy beer vendor Captain Earthman is someone that would turn me against attending a game at Coors Field.
I did enjoy other little revealing bits of trivia like the fact that the New York Yankees had a mascot (named Dandy after "Yankee Doodle Dandy") for a very brief time in the late '70s and early '80s. Or that baseball bobblehead dolls were first made in Japan. Or that Chief Noc-A-Homa feuded with Homer the Brave in Atlanta's fight for mascot supremacy.
Yes, much of what I took from this book had to do with mascots and, although that may be a strength, it is also a weakness. After awhile it's seemed like it was mascots-a-go-go. Yet just to have any book acknowledge the San Francisco Giants' misguided Crazy Crab mascot is worth its weight in fool's gold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
if you like an oddball take on americans past time this is a good read. i also recommend his similar work done on the nfl.Published on June 2, 2013 by stece duyka
The book is a great quick read, with little stories about baseball related incidents. It also gives background to the ancillary baseball items likemascots and umpires. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Mad Hatter
The Underground Baseball Encyclopedia is nothing more than one fan's distinctly biased hodge podge of thoughts about various things, some only tangentially related to baseball. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by K. Andrews