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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications; 1ST edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879463422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879463427
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection to savor and rediscover for generations. -- Doug Miller, MLB.com Baseball Bookshelf

A terrific collection of untold tales and familiar stories with a new twist! -- Ira Berkow, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter

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If you know a baseball fan, buy this book for them.
Brian A. Reich
Bill Chuck and Jim Kaplan have put together a book for those who savor the history of the game.
Brian Engelhardt
Chuck and Kaplan have done a great job compiling the information for this book.
Stephen Lombardi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Engelhardt on April 17, 2008
If you are interested in such things as: (a) that last "Sausage Race" held at County Stadium in Milwaukee before it closed in September of 2000 was won by Bratwurst, or (b) that Clem Labine hit .097 in 1955 with three hits- all of which were home runs, or (c) that Goose Goslin is the only man to have played in all 19 Washington Senators World Series Games- well then this is the book for you.

If you never heard of Clem Labine, or Goose Goslin, or don't know about Sausage Races in Milwaukee- then you can stop reading this, and resume your sad empty life.

Bill Chuck and Jim Kaplan have put together a book for those who savor the history of the game. With it they bring out the in humor and irony in the game the in the same manner that Jason Stark and Rob Neyer in their columns.

Plenty of great box scores from regular season and World Series finales- and lots more. you Chuck and Kaplan massage the game from all kinds of angles - all the ones that that make it the great game that it is to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Reich on May 2, 2008
I love baseball. I consider Opening Day to be a holiday. October, when the temperatures grow chilly and the playoffs begin, is my favorite month. And I can't think of anything better than visiting a ballpark and taking in a game, no matter who is playing.

So, when I read "Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs: Baseball's Grand (and Not-So-Grand) Finales" I was in heaven. This book provides all the little tidbits of information you need to relive some of the great (and not so great) moments in baseball history. Open to any page and you'll have a new favorite sports story to tell. And you won't just read it once, you'll pour through the box scores and commentary over and over.

If you are a baseball fan, buy this book. If you know a baseball fan, buy this book for them. And even if you don't like baseball (gasp!), you'll appreciate just how good this book is from the first time you pick it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Boyce on May 3, 2008
As a baseball fan, and a fan of baseball history, thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well laid out and easy to read, you can open the book to any page and just start reading. Includes stories, tidbits, and trivia about the great and not so great endings to pennant races, playoffs, world series, and stadium and career farewells, of famous and not so famous players. Wish it included more! Don't be left standing in the on-deck circle. Step up to the plate and walk-off with a great book - enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lombardi on May 16, 2008
Bill Chuck is the man behind Billy-Ball.com and Jim Kaplan is a former writer for Sports Illustrated who has authored (or co-authored) several other books.

With "Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs," Chuck and Kaplan take a look at the greatest post-season races and World Series games of all-time, the final moments for many Hall-of-Famers, the last games played at ballparks now gone, some famous streaks in baseball history, players who passed away while in active duty, and a slew of other "last" baseball trivia type items.

For a baseball fanatic, "Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs" is a fun little book. I've enjoyed thumbing through the pages and reading it in a pick and choose type fashion.

Chuck and Kaplan have done a great job compiling the information for this book. If you're looking to add a unique reference material to your baseball library, or, if you want to get an original and entertaining gift for the baseball fan in your life, I recommend that you pick up a copy of "Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs: Baseball's Grand (and Not-So-Grand) Finales."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. S. Malitz on May 26, 2008
Looking for the perfect baseball bedside companion? Or how about the book you can pick up during the maddening number of commercials while watching a baseball game? Or do you simply need to brush up on your baseball history for trivia night at a local bar? In any of these cases this is the ideal book for you. If you are already a baseball history geek this will jar those memory banks in the most pleasing of ways. If you are a normal baseball fan this will help you put into perspective all of those anecdotes (and give them to you correctly) your hear announcers spouting. Do yourself a favor and give yourself or a friend this head nodding and hmm inspired Bill Chuck baseball companion.
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