Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else
The latest and greatest in ESPN.com baseball guru Rob Neyer's
Big Book series, Legends is a highly entertaining guide to baseball fables that
have been handed down through generations.
The well-told baseball story has long been a staple for baseball fans. In Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends, Neyer breathes new life into both classic and obscure stories throughout...more
If you are a huge baseball dork, you'll like it, otherwise you'll be bored to tears (I liked it!).
It covers baseball legends from nearly the inception of baseball as we now know it. I'm surprised, but really shouldn't be, at how many myths there are floating around out there. It seems that baseball players, especially those of great fame, are also great story tellers.
This author makes it clear that we loves the stories about these guys, regardless of who started them, because myth is often much ...more
Anyways, there's some great baseball stories in here (which is why I give it 3 stars) and Neyer tediously fact checks them. Did it happen or not? Most of the time, it didn't happen the way the storyteller told it. The essence of the story was ...more
That said, it's fun to watch Neyer dig deep into the stacks of history to pull out facts and figures from baseball's earliest er ...more
You'd be wrong.
Each self-contained chapter is 2-3 pages long, which is nice, and makes it easy to flip through quickly, but the topics are awful. Players you've never heard of (even me, in some cases), and players you never cared about.
And Neyer is attacking newspaper art ...more
How he went about that investigation is revealing: he compares the “legends,” which are really particularly vivid (and, at least to this reasonably well-informed baseball fan, not particularly legendary) stories, to box scores. If the story comports with the box score, it is true or at leas ...more
Severl of these stories were big winners. But Neyer's way of describing how he went about debunking them was unnecessary. It should have read "Myth:" and then "Fact:" and the process of going to Retrosheet should have been endnoted, if included anywhere.
There's also something somewhat archaic about all these references to batting av ...more