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The Baseball Maniac's Almanac: The Absolutely, Positively, and Without Question Greatest Book of Facts, Figures, and Astonishing Lists Ever Compiled ... Almanac: Absolutely, Positively & Without) Paperback – July 1, 2010

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“Being a baseball maniac is a condition which cannot be cured—it can only be treated. So take two chapters of Bert Sugar’s book, and then call him in the morning.” (Bob Costas)

About the Author

Bert Randolph Sugar has established himself as one of the world’s foremost sports historians. The former editor-in-chief of The Ring and Fight Game magazines and the author of more than eighty books (including over a dozen books on baseball), Sugar lives with his wife in Chappaqua, New York.
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  • Series: Baseball Maniac's Almanac: Absolutely, Positively & Without
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Second Edition edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602399573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602399570
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2010
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Not great literature, but a lot of fun! Baseball "figure filberts" will love this. Normally sane people will wonder why. Let's take some entries randomly from throughout the book to illustrate:

Page 37: Shortstops with at least seven consecutive 20-home run seasons (Cal Ripken, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Ernie Banks)

Page 83: Players with 400 home runs and 10 steals of home in a career (Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth)

Page 126: Pitchers with combined total of 500 strikeouts/walks in a season (Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan [four times])

Page 215: Players with both Little League and Major League World Series Teams (Boog Powell, Jim Barbieri, Rick Wise, Carney Lansford, Ed Vosburg, Charles Hayes, Dwight Gooden, Derek Bell, Gary Sheffield, Jason Marquis, Jason Veritek)

Page 227: Players born on Leap Year Day (Feb. 29) (Ed Appleton, Al Autry, Jerry Fry, Paul Giel, Bill Long, Terrence Long, Pepper Martin, Ralph Miller, Steve Mingori, Ray Parker, Dickey Pearce, Al Rosen)

The last part of the book features team-by-team histories.

All in all, a lot of fun if you dig baseball minutiae. . . .
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If your a baseball stat junkie, this is the book for you! An amazing collection of some of the oddest
MLB stats that you'll ever see, i.e.- The Fights Of Billy Martin.

Great stuff, hard to put down, highly recommended!
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Think you've exhausted every possible angle on any imaginable statistic of our National Pastime? Think again.

Thanks to the meticulously comprehensive research provided by the legendary Bert Sugar, even the greatest baseball savant will find much more trivial - and vital - information at your disposal, to amaze, amuse and impress all your buddies; just in time for the long winter's postseason hiatus, which is fast approaching.

Just to give you a brief taste of what's in store for you, I found it astonishing that the two greatest sluggers for the fabled "Murderer's Row" squad the New York Yankees put together in the 1920's - Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig - are the only players in MLB history to have both 400+ home runs and at least 10 steals of home in their careers. To put this into perspective, one of the greatest basestealers of all time, Lou Brock, never stole home in his entire career.

There's stuff like this packed throughout this gem, so if baseball's your passion, this is another book you must add to your library; absolutely; positively! You'll wonder how you lived so long without it. Order today, while supplies last...
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A tremendously fascinating book. If there is a numerical list that can be thot of, it is likely within this book. Some of the info is a bit tedious. But for the most part it is fresh, fun, imaginative, and highly readable. It covers batting, pitching, hall of fame, awards, managers, fielding, relatives, World Series, All Star games, and a whole big chunk on each franchise. There is only one reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5. I don't know whether it is just the 2nd edition, but it apparently was not proof-read. The mistakes and typos are numerous and occasionally appalling. He has the Red Sox having 7 World Series titles. Alan Trammell as a 3rd baseman, and he and DP partner Lou Whitaker never being in the World Series. The franchise in Kansas City in the mid-50's is sometimes labeled the Royals. There are others that are more funny than anything else, but it makes the book appear unprofessional at times. All that being said, the book was still highly enjoyable.
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