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Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond

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The extent to which remarkable things can happen on a baseball field is virtually limitless. Bats break, balls carom wildly, personalities clash, and playing fields are invaded by uninvited guests. Mudville Madness is for baseball fans who seek something beyond the standard boxscores something new or rarely encountered. This book is a jaunt into the realm of the ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published June 6th 2014 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tom Donaghey
Jul 16, 2014 Tom Donaghey rated it liked it
Shelves: history, sport
MUDVILLE MADNESS by Jonathon Weeks is the type of books that seems to appear every couple of years. There are just so many sporting events in the world, games played every day of the year and eventually someone comes along and skims off some interesting details of one kind or another, trims them up and puts them in book form.
Usually this is done right with the highlights as seen through one lens or another, each interesting of itself and, when taken in toto, provide a fun outing for the reader
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Margo
Aug 19, 2014 Margo rated it really liked it
REVIEW MUDVILLE MADNESS
BY JONATHAN WEEKS


Baseball fans and fanatics will get a kick out of this sweeping survey of all the most bizarre, comic, and mind-boggling events in baseball's history. Weeks does an outstanding job of cataloguing all the games and players, the almost unbelievable anecdotes, and the metamorphosis of the game from its earliest days to the present.

Among the fun facts are explanations of the different rules – fans couldn't keep the balls in the 19th century, but had to throw
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James Swenson
Jul 23, 2014 James Swenson rated it really liked it
I received Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.

I enjoyed this selection of unusual anecdotes from baseball history. Though I might have preferred to see a little less emphasis on the brawls of baseball's first hundred and fifty years, there is still a good selection of amazing plays on the field.

In my judgment, the most remarkable story in the book comes from August 17, 1957, when Richie Ashbu
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CJ Bowen
Oct 22, 2014 CJ Bowen rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyable - I've always loved sports trivia and anecdotes, and ever since "Encyclopedia Brown's Book of Wacky Sports" I've looked for books like this one. Weeks has done massive amounts of homework to dig up not only the classic antics of guys like Eddie Gaedel, Germany Schaefer, or Jimmy Piersall, but lesser known stories from characters spanning the whole history of baseball up through Biogenesis. My only peeve was the number of times he used the verb "plated" for "scored".

Grab this one
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Dan
Aug 02, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
Mudville Madness has tons of interesting stories from the early days of baseball, right up until 2013.
I expected there to be more humorous incidents but it is filled by far with tales of rowdy players, fans, even umpires and lots of crazy injuries.
It's amazing how rowdy the game was in the early days, but a lot of fans probably don't realize how many incidents of
rowdiness continued into much more recent times. Anyone who hasn't heard these stories before and certainly anyone who isn't familiar
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Frodo
Apr 01, 2015 Frodo rated it really liked it
With my baseball memories recharged by this little book I am well prepared for the new season opening this weekend. I missed spring training in Surprise, Arizona this year so I've focused on some reading and watching a few baseball related documentaries this winter/spring. Weeks book will engage you if you have a love of baseball. I especially enjoyed the diamond episodes he shared from the early years of baseball.
Joe
May 23, 2015 Joe rated it it was ok
This moderately interesting reference book is seriously marred by its sub-par indexing. The book is organized by date, and the name index is pretty good, but if you want to look up place or team names, or topics like "double plays" or "fires" or "brawls", good luck. This seriously hampers its usefulness for any but the most diehard student of baseball history.

It reads like the back page of the Sports section - a few paragraphs about notable events in yesterday's games, in the style of a sports b
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Weeks spent most of his life in the Capital District area of New York. He earned a degree in psychology from SUNY Albany. In 2004, he migrated to Malone, NY. He continues to gripe about the frigid winter temperatures to the present day. He has published five books on the topic of baseball--one novel and four nonfiction projects. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he writes ...more
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