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A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball Volume 2: The Game Behind The Scenes

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The Game Behind the Scenes continues and concludes Peter Morris's superb encyclopedia of the national pastime. The initial volume, The Game on the Field, was called by Library Journal "charming, densely packed, yet entirely accessible.... This is heaven for fans of the game and a required addition to all baseball collections." Endlessly fascinating, impeccably researched, ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published May 25th 2006)
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Todd Stockslager
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
Review title: America's game II

After reading the first volume of The Game of Inches
(The Game on the Field), I added this volume of off-field innovations to my wish list and got it for my 60th birthday. Sadly this wasn't quite as good, but does complete a worthy set of baseball history reference books for the dedicated fan.

Published the same year by the same publisher and continuing the same numbering scheme which seems to pay tribute to the famously deep and arcane MLB rule book, Morris clearly
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Zach Koenig
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Taken piece by piece, this book should almost belong in a history course, as one could spend an entire semester (or more) poring over the onerous details. The premise is relatively simple, as author Peter Morris tries to get to the bottom of the "first time" that certain things happened on the baseball field or were introduced to the game. Every imaginable concept (gloves, signs, rules, you name it!) is seemingly covered in the book, and in incredibly researched detail. Though Morris himself adm ...more
Isaac
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Encyclopedic but interesting. Having read his book "Catcher" - which was wonderful - I thought this would more in that style rather than a series of entries describing various aspects of the game. While there is plenty to enjoy here its not a book I sat down and read for long stretches at a time.
Barbara Gregorich
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A fantastic history of all the changes made to the game of baseball since the mid-19th century. Entries are entertaining and informative to read on their own (that is, for pure pleasure) and also to consult for information. One of the many things I love about this book is the quoted material from old (1870s!) newspaper and magazine articles on players and games.
Brett
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is a chronicle of how many of the common place rules and practices of baseball first got started. It is very, very dry. I really liked some of the stuff I learned although it is predominantly trivia, and narrative isn't really attempted. It reads like an almanac.
Willis Whitlock
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great almanac style collection of history of the game of baseball. Not personalities, but the game and the development of it.
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