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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; Original edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600783619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600783616
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael innately understands the power of popular culture, creative media, and the art of business. His vision as the president of Wicked Cow Entertainment has elevated the company to its current position as the leading brand-strategy and business-development agency, with assets that have included the master licenses for The Notorious B.I.G., Julius Erving, and Wiffle, among others.

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Michael received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in good ol' NYC.

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The various anecdotes are also fun.
Jason Chamberlain
I think baseball fans would enjoy Wiffle's story - of how Wiffle Ball came to be and how it's played today.
Joi Muratore
I'm glad there was finally a book out about this.
Bob Horner fan

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Long on July 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun read that covers everything from the creation of the first Wiffle ball to celebrity Wiffle stories. I love Wiffle; I have been around it my whole life and I still found that this book was both enlightening and enjoyable. "Wiffle Ball: The Ultimate Guide" is a great quick read that supplies the reader with: historical knowledge about the family behind Wiffle, the science of Wiffle spin, pitch breakdowns and a look at the current Wiffle culture. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the game. Even if you think you know Wiffle you will learn something new from this "Ultimate Guide."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John R. Powers on July 7, 2011
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If your a fan of wiffle ball, like myself, you will enjoy this trip through history of how the whole phenomenon began.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chamberlain VINE VOICE on September 3, 2013
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As a 40 year-old I can't ever remember a world without Wiffle Ball. The classic cardboard display was always a staple of the discount stores I remember in my youth. I've played a few times with friends and always had a great time. To me, Wiffle Ball is something that has always been there. I never really gave much thought to the game beyond playing it a few times in the backyard.

This book showed me that there is a lot behind those iconic yellow bats with the ball on top. Hermann gives you a detailed history of how the equipment came into being, which was rather interesting. It also describes the world of serious professional Wiffle Ball. Sound ridiculous? It is, but there is also something remarkable about someone who can throw a Wiffle ball in the 80s and still be able to lift his arm the next day.

I think my favorite section was on some of the ballparks folks have built to play the game. There are some people who have really taken their Wiffle Ball to the next level. As one of the ballpark owners pointed out, he has never seen a man come to his park and not remark at how incredible it is. Given my desire to see it, I can completely believe that.

The various anecdotes are also fun. It shows that Wiffle Ball is a game that really is a part of American culture, even if we don't think too much about it.

If you have even a passing interest in the game you should pick this book up. I got it at my local Five Below and am very happy with my purchase.
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By Karen Romano on June 17, 2013
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I was able to use this book to make my own regulation sized practice pitch for my son. He loves it!
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Good read. Very informative. Complete Wiffle history. Was expecting more info about playing and rules, but its a good place to get educated about this piece of Americana.
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So much great information packed into a small little book. If you are fan of outdoor recreation and self-made companies based in the U.S., then pick up a copy of this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hudson River on April 27, 2010
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Spring is finally here and I decided to wrangle up friends using a game of Wiffle Ball as the hook. I bought the book to get the story behind the story; like just about every other kid in America, summertime was synonymous with Wiffle games and the ever-elusive skills to make the ball curve on demand. Now in my 30s, it's the absolute ideal reason to gather guys & gals in the park and escape the apartment. Armed with the book, I figured I'd toss out some fun facts to the gang and get an academic perspective on how to pitch a competitive game.

To that end, the book overdelivers. It's a fun read. Period. In my estimation, it's got exactly the right amount of history, trivia, strategy and editorial from a cornucopia of celebs (only Wiffle could find a link between Dr. J and the Jonas Brothers). The book is a fast read - I think I got through it cover-to-cover in about two hours, and it's formatted to give you the story & the skills right away....seemingly in an effort to get you out swinging the iconic yellow bat as soon as possible. And to that end, we had an awesome game last Sunday that went nearly 3 hours! My pitch still needs work, but the summer lays ahead.

I don't quite understand one of the previous reviews where the writing is criticized as "too colloquial". Um, it's Wiffle Ball - did you see the cover? In my opinion, Hermann's writing style matches the fun, family, throwback-to-youth energy that embodies Wiffle energy. If you're a lifelong Wiffle expert, then yes, you will likely know most of what the book offers, but it doesn't mean you can make the slotted ball dive & curve......
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