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The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball Paperback – February 15, 1997
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There are two reasons to head out to the ballpark. One is to passively watch the game, the other is to actively see it, and you can't do the latter without a scorecard. In this slim gem of a volume, Paul Dickson clearly explains and translates the quirky documentation system, which looks like cuneiform to the uninitiated, for recording what happens on the ball field, and why true fans are so adamant about doing it. Filled with history, anecdotes, and rules, it also reproduces--to the joy of scorers everywhere--the official scorer's records for some of baseball's most significant moments, including Don Larson's perfecto and Babe Ruth's called shot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Scorekeeping in baseball was inaugurated nationally in 1863 by Henry Chadwick, who also invented the box score. Dickson (Baseball's Greatest Quotations) here teaches the rudiments of scoring, including how the players are numbered, some of the obvious symbols (e.g., SB is a Stolen Base) and some of the less obvious (K is the universal mark for the Strikeout). He explains the nuances of scoring a ball game and how to read a box score, and profiles some of the celebrities who liked to score games (Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, among others). We also see how it's done north of the border, from a Montreal Expos scorecard (a home run is un circuit); how the hot dog was invented; and how FDR introduced baseball lingo into politics. Dickson has written a testimonial to the joys of scoring that true ball fans will embrace. Photos.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It contains reproductions of legendary baseball games; it is worth the price of the book just to see those.
Other than a brief history of scorekeepking and some alternate systems, the main take-aways from this book are that baseball is just about the only game where the fans keep score, that by keeping score fans form a live connection to the game unfolding in front of them (you're not just a spectator), that your scorecard does not have to match the official socrecard (scoreing is subjective - think hits vs. errors), and, finally, keeping score leaves you with a permanent momento of a game you attended. At this point, you can skip buying the book. But, if you are a real baseball fan (even one that doesn't keep score) you will miss an wonderful tale about one of the many facets of the game we call baseball. This is a book you can pick up every few years to re-read and have just as much fun the 2nd or 3rd time.
further, the resolution of some of the images is not very good in the Kindle App including on my iPad and Apple Air. i have to make the fonts really big to see the image, which still are not that good, and then the letters/words are so big they are not on the same page as the diagram.