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The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition) Hardcover – March 2, 2009
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Dickson's dictionary does far more than define the terms and phrases of the game; many of his 5000 definitions provide etymological descriptions and contending theories, context notes, external uses of the term, and its "earliest" appearance. Patrick Ercolano's Fungoes, Floaters, and Forkballs (Prentice Hall, 1987), an effective glossary, provides 1500 basic terms, but doesn't approach Dickson's detailed descriptions and depth of coverage: team histories, field names, archaic and obsolete language, fan jargon, and dugout slang. A wide-ranging bibliography (240 books and articles) on baseball terminology , and baseball and language in general , guides users to more in-depth exploration. Although as current as the 1988 season's "balkamania," future editions to this excellent collection are planned. This work will be accessible to the young fan just discovering the game, as well as to scholars of the game and our versatile and ever-expanding language.
- Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Libs., Lexington
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A must-have for everyone who seeks to understand the spirit of America and, most especially, our politics: you’ll learn why an easy question is a 'softball,' a tricky one, a 'curve ball,' and why sometimes we may have to 'play hardball.' We want leaders who 'can step up to the plate,' free of 'screwball' ideas from 'out of left field.' You will learn from this book and you will treasure this book, just as I have. It is an invaluable American thesaurus.
(Mark Shields )
This grand book is truly a baseball lover's dream come true. From the first to the last page, it provides an enjoyable experience for readers to treasure. Of special note are the handsome presentation, adequate type size, and editorial care taken with photos and layout that makes the book accessible without compromising comprehensiveness. An essential guide to America's pastime. (Library Journal )
If you’re a baseball fan and . . . you’re curious about the etymology of the phrase out in the left field or you need a refresher on the infield fly rule. Well for 20 years, the authority, the baseball Bible, if you will, has been The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. (Melissa Block, All Things Considered )
Dickson’s discursive dictionary … a delight for former sandlot players, lexical scholars and members of the hot-stove league. (William Safire - The New York Times Magazine )
A wonderful companion volume. . . enough to last a fan through a 162-game season and the playoffs. … What a treasure to have at hand with a long season ahead. (David Broder - The Washington Post )
This book is very cool. (Rachel Maddow on The Rachel Maddow Show, April 8, 2009 )
This magnificent volume will make the perfect gift for diehard fans. (Vick Mickunas - The Dayton Daily News )
Baseball-loving dads need this book now. It's the perfect gift any time, but to receive it at the start of baseball season—well, it doesn't get any better than that. (Marilyn Crain - Baltimore Examiner )
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