The expanded and now-definitive work on the language of baseball -- "absorbing and enlightening reading" (Sports Illustrated).
Hailed as "a staggering piece of scholarship" (Wall Street Journal), The Dickson Baseball Dictionary has become an indispensable resource for those who love the game. Drawing on dozens of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals as well as contemporary sources, Paul Dickson's brilliant, illuminating definitions trace the earliest appearances of terms both well known and obscure. More than twenty-five years in the making, with the help of more than three hundred baseball and lexical experts, this new edition is expanded by more than thirty percent to over 10,000 terms with 18,000 individual entries. It introduces words and phrases from around the world of baseball, including those introduced by Latin-American ballplayers, and statistical expressions relating to fantasy baseball and the SABR/Moneyball era. Packed with more than 250 photos -- many rare and previously unpublished -- The Dickson Baseball Dictionary will delight everyone from the youngest fan to the hard-core aficionado.