Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the by Dan Formosa, Paul Hamburger

By Dan Formosa, Paul Hamburger

Whether you’re a diehard fan of the nationwide pastime—admit it: occasionally the umpire’s name could be a little baffling. And if you’re rather new to the sport, there’s definitely good enough to maintain you asking questions on the high-quality issues of significant League Baseball. This revised and up-to-date variation of the Baseball box Guide explains the foundations in undeniable English, better with lots of examples and illustrations you won’t locate at any place else. the result's an easy-to-use and enjoyable reference consultant that’s designed for speedy and intuitive searches, aiding you realize each element of the sport whereas including for your delight in the sport. 

Inside you’ll find: 

• the principles that observe prior to, in the course of, and after the game
• apparatus standards and box requirements
• the tasks of the coaches, managers, and umpires
• the principles for spectators (yes, they've got principles, too)
• the clearest rationalization anyplace of the notorious Infield Fly Rule!

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They knew, too, that 1,740 fans were settled now into their foldout seats, awaiting escape. Think of it: all the myriad endeavors combining to conjure the illusion that a baseball game just happened to break out one night in Pawtucket. The concession workers along the open-air concourse, heating popcorn in the glass-fronted machines that envelop the giant horseshoe of wooden seats with a buttery perfume, summoning memories of happy childhoods that never were. The ticket-office workers at the stadium’s entrance, dispensing ducats in a booth crammed with maintenance equipment reeking of gasoline, where an entire wall is lined with slotted boxes containing $3 reserved tickets for the 72 home games of the 1981 season, along with spools of $2 general-admission tickets hanging from nails.

Batting for the thirteenth time in the game, Dave Koza has just made the second out in the bottom of the 31st inning. To anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the national pastime, this sentence appears to have at least two typographical errors. Thirteenth at bat? Thirty-first inning? Yet both are true. What’s more, there still exists the possibility, even the expectation, that Dave Koza will have another chance. Could happen. Because something is certainly happening here in Pawtucket.

A. Lena Blackburne, was a smart but inconsistent infielder who played on and off in the major leagues from 1910 to 1919, then returned in 1927 for one at bat—a run-scoring single—and again in 1929 to pitch one-third of an inning. He became a longtime major-league coach and manager who seemed destined to be remembered, if at all, as the Chicago White Sox skipper who engaged in two fistfights with the same player: Art Shires, a talented but truculent character whose nickname “Art the Great” reflected his relationship with modesty.

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