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Baseball For Dummies®, 2nd Edition

Baseball For Dummies®, 2nd Edition

Joe Morgan

ISBN: 978-0-764-55234-2

Feb 2000

456 pages

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“There may not be anyone alive who knows more about baseball than Joe Morgan.”
—Bob Costas, NBC Sports Broadcaster

“This book has something for everybody, from longtime fans to Little Leaguers.”
New York Newsday

It’s known as America’s National Pastime. It’s nicknamed “The Greatest Game Ever Invented.” No question about it: baseball is a way of life for millions, whether they’re watching from the bleachers or sluggers in their own right. After more than 150 years as an all-American sport, baseball lingo is even part of our everyday language. With all its history and influence, baseball is a phenomenon we should at least be able to yak about at the water cooler—even if we never set foot on the diamond.

Whether you don’t know the difference between a shortstop and a backstop, dabble in a bit of fantasy baseball, or need to perfect your split-fingered fastball, the second edition of this classic guide shows you the ropes. Ever wondered how great outfielders get a good jump on an incoming ball? Why the bases are 90 feet apart? Baseball For Dummies has answers to those questions, along with loads of All-Star tips on:

  • Rules of the game
  • Improving your hitting, pitching, and fielding
  • Finding a team to play on, from Little League on up
  • Coaching and umpiring effectively
  • Getting more out of a trip to the ballpark than hotdogs and ice cream
  • Evaluating stats, players, and records

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan—who played with the Cincinnati Reds in two World Series championships—teams up here with sportswriter Richard Lally to coach you through everything from keeping a scorecard to hitting like a Major Leaguer. In their down-to-earth style, they cover all the bases, including:

  • Getting in shape, from warm-ups to free weights
  • Playing the field: batting, baserunning, pitching, and defense from catcher to shortstop
  • Landing the best seats in the park
  • Baseball online, on the air, and on the newsstand
  • How to play fantasy baseball
  • How to snag off-the-field baseball jobs
  • All-time and current Top Ten players, pitchers, fielders, and more
  • A glossary of “baseball speak”

You’ll get a baseline knowledge—and find out details and trivia even the most die-hard fans don’t know. If you’re looking to walk the walk, or just be able to talk the talk, step up to the plate: Baseball For Dummies delivers the goods.



PART I: Getting Started (Before Your First At-Bat).

Chapter 1: What Is Baseball?

Chapter 2: Suiting Up: Equipment.

Chapter 3: The Rules of the Game.

PART II: Taking Your Swings — How to Play the Game.

Chapter 4: Training: Getting into Baseball Shape.

Chapter 5: Swinging the Lumber: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer.

Chapter 6: Winning the Arms Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer.

Chapter 7: The Third Dimension: Defense.

Chapter 8: The Science of Baserunning.

Chapter 9: Joe's Baseball Playbook.

PART III: From Little League to the Major Leagues: Organized Baseball.

Chapter 10: T-Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between.

Chapter 11: The Minors and Other Leagues.

Chapter 12: There Are Tricks to This Game: Coaching.

Chapter 13: Men in Blue: Umpiring Like a Professional.

Chapter 14: Major League Baseball.

Chapter 15: Off-the-Field Baseball Jobs and How to Snag Them.

Chapter 16: Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball's Statistics.

Chapter 17: Going All the Way: Postseason Play and the World Series.

PART IV: We Don't Care if We Ever Get Back: A Spectator's Guide.

Chapter 18: Following the Bouncing Baseball.

Chapter 19: Keeping Up with the Show: Baseball Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand.

Chapter 20: Fantasy Baseball.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Players, All-Time and Current.

Chapter 22: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Pitchers, All-Time and Current.

Chapter 23: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Fielders, All-Time and Current.

Chapter 24: Joe Morgan's Ten Negro League Legends.

Chapter 25: Ten Things to Love about Baseball.

Chapter 26: Ten Baseball Nicknames That Hit the Mark.

PART VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Baseball Speak: A Glossary.

Appendix B: Baseball Organizations.


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