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A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball Volume 2: The Game Behind The Scenes
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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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
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.
Jan 31, 2015 Barbara Gregorich rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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.
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.