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Baseball For Dummies Paperback – December 22, 2004
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Baseball is another solid hit in the popular Dummies series. With its chatty style, snappy graphics, and enjoyably informative top-10 lists, the book sticks to the Dummies format better than most pitchers follow their catchers' signs, a plus to be sure. The real plus, though, resides in the deftness of Joe Morgan's voice. The former Hall of Fame second baseman-turned television analyst has proven himself a natural communicator in the booth; he comes across just as comfortable, informative, and thorough in print. His enthusiasm spills over, but not at the expense of his broad knowledge. Morgan, naturally, covers the bases--hitting, pitching, fielding, running, coaching--with plenty of whys teamed up with the requisite how-tos. For added expertise he calls on fellow pros such as Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and MVP third-baseman Ken Caminiti. Deceptively sophisticated, Baseball for Dummies is a marvelously good-natured introduction to the game, but it also hurls enough insight to hook baseball's more advanced students. --This text refers to the Digital edition.
From the Back Cover
Covers new star players, new stadiums, and game milestones
Get all the inside tips, stats, and facts and play like a Major Leaguer
Let Joe Morgan take you out to the ballpark in this update of his classic guide to the National Pastime. From how to throw a knuckleball or hit an inside pitch to how to keep a scorecard or pick a winning fantasy league team, he covers all the bases — and shows you how to get the most out of the game.
Discover how to
- Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding
- Find a team to play on, from Little League on up
- Evaluate stats, players, and records
- Coach or umpire effectively
- Get more out of a trip to the ballpark
Praise for Joe Morgan and Baseball For Dummies
"Joe Morgan again shows himself a rare bird: an ex-jock with savvy and the ability to communicate it."
"This book is a grand slam."
"This book has something for everybody, from longtime fans to Little Leaguers."
—New York Newsday
Top customer reviews
I guess if you're looking for a how-to-play-baseball book this has a few decent tips, but if you're a novice fan (dummy)hoping to gain insight into the workings of the game, this isn't the book for you.
There are lots of useful bits and pieces about the history of baseball, equipment, and other interesting facts. I have found it a useful resource and don't feel so stupid now when I watch my son play.
I am finally getting the hang of it!
I wanted information to appreciate the game as a fan - in addition to a good discussion of rules, I really wanted to understand tactics and strategy so that I can understand some of the subtleties going on on the field. The discussion of rules is decent (starting with the most basic - like which direction to run around the bases), but it still misses some rules altogether.
Too much of the book is spent instructing the reader how to play each position, or how to organize a team - nothing wrong with that, but it's a different book altogether.
The book tries to do too much, and would have better served the reader by concentrating on one area. Nonetheless, Joe Morgan comes across as very knowledgeable and a great guy!
Most recent customer reviews
Not for the novice lots good info for all ages happy reading that's all folks