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The Book of Baseball Literacy

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Lose yourself in all the marvelous memories and hallowed history of America's pastime. From baseball's early days in the 1840's to the Mac and Sammy Show of the 1990's, this comprehensive reference offers nearly 800 of the most important baseball yarns, stats, and stories. But it's not a dry "dictionary." Alongside the facts, Martinez delivers wit and attitude, aiming to e ...more
Paperback, Revised and Expanded Second Edition, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Authors Choice Press (first published March 1st 1996)
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Brian Lane
I read the original 1995 edition, but currently own (and am reading) the updated 2015 edition shown above.

This book is basically a neatly-sized encyclopedia of baseball, but unlike standard encyclopedias, Martinez first breaks baseball down into thematic sections before listing entries in alphabetical order. Martinez loves baseball and it shows - he is saturated in baseball knowledge and lore, but has a clear, easy style that is not the least bit pretentious. He shares his opinions but is happy
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Kei
Nov 22, 2011 Kei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, favorites
I loved this book! To anyone who does not love Baseball will probably find this incredibly boring, but I love Baseball and learning about the game. This book is insanely comprehensive from famous and legendary players and moments to things you may have never even heard of. It also gives quite a lot of insight and information into the often left out Negro Leagues, which in my opinion is just as important to the history and legacy of Baseball as the MLB. I recommend this book to anyone who wants t ...more
Gary Emig
A recommended read for baseball enthusiasts.
J.f.
Sep 14, 2008 J.f. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-books
This is the book that got me hooked to baseball history. It really is the book of baseball literacy, offering tidbits that every baseball fan should learn and would appreciate in a very easy-to-read format.
David
Dec 12, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Amazing read for all baseball fans. Tons of information and just enough personal opinions to lighten what could be arid otherwise.
Michael
Apr 10, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction for the casual baseball fan who wants to know more about the game.
Lonnie
Jun 01, 2012 Lonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good but outdated encyclopedia of baseball
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