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The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball

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In this unique book, Paul Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Within the history of the scorecard are some of baseballs greatest moments. From the first scorecard introduced in 1845, to the scoring system devised by direct-marketing genius L. L. Bean; from presidential scoring habits to batting titles decided by official scorers, to Phil Rizzutos inspired scoring symbol “WW,” (“Wasnt Watching”), Dickson delights in his subject, offering unique insights and memorable anecdotes. Among the books many illustrations is a gallery of historic scorecards, including Don Larsens perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Babe Ruths famous “called” home run, and Cal Ripkens record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game. 

 

In addition, Dickson provides basic and advanced scoring techniques for beginners and experts alike, a year-by-year timeline of rule changes, a guide to baseballs quirkiest statutes, stories of famous scoring blunders, and many more unexpected rewards. For those who keep or have kept score, this book will be an elixir. For those who havent, it will be a revelation. For baseball fans everywhere, it is a treasure.

Synopsis:

In this unique book, Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Illustrations include a gallery of historic scorecards, including Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Babe Ruth's famous "called" home run, and Cal Ripken's record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game.

Synopsis:

In this unique book, Paul Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Within the history of the scorecard are some of baseball's greatest moments. From the first scorecard introduced in 1845, to the scoring system devised by direct-marketing genius L. L. Bean; from presidential scoring habits to batting titles decided by official scorers, to Phil Rizzuto's inspired scoring symbol "WW," ("Wasn't Watching"), Dickson delights in his subject, offering unique insights and memorable anecdotes. Among the book's many illustrations is a gallery of historic scorecards, including Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Babe Ruth's famous "called" home run, and Cal Ripken's record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game. 

 

In addition, Dickson provides basic and advanced scoring techniques for beginners and experts alike, a year-by-year timeline of rule changes, a guide to baseball's quirkiest statutes, stories of famous scoring blunders, and many more unexpected rewards. For those who keep or have kept score, this book will be an elixir. For those who haven't, it will be a revelation. For baseball fans everywhere, it is a treasure.

About the Author

Paul Dickson is the author of The Hidden Language of Baseball, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Baseball's Greatest Quotations, and Baseball: The Presidents' Game, among many others.  He lives and keeps score in Garrett Park, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802715708
Author:
Dickson, Paul
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball -- Scorekeeping.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw illustrations throughout
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.05 x 7.45 x 0.635 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this unique book, Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Illustrations include a gallery of historic scorecards, including Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Babe Ruth's famous "called" home run, and Cal Ripken's record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this unique book, Paul Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Within the history of the scorecard are some of baseball's greatest moments. From the first scorecard introduced in 1845, to the scoring system devised by direct-marketing genius L. L. Bean; from presidential scoring habits to batting titles decided by official scorers, to Phil Rizzuto's inspired scoring symbol "WW," ("Wasn't Watching"), Dickson delights in his subject, offering unique insights and memorable anecdotes. Among the book's many illustrations is a gallery of historic scorecards, including Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Babe Ruth's famous "called" home run, and Cal Ripken's record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game. 

 

In addition, Dickson provides basic and advanced scoring techniques for beginners and experts alike, a year-by-year timeline of rule changes, a guide to baseball's quirkiest statutes, stories of famous scoring blunders, and many more unexpected rewards. For those who keep or have kept score, this book will be an elixir. For those who haven't, it will be a revelation. For baseball fans everywhere, it is a treasure.

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