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The obsessive reference for every baseball nut, THE TEAM-BY-TEAM ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL is a comprehensive, original, devour-it-like-salted-peanuts single-volume encyclopedia that marries history and statistics and delivers them team by team. Organizing by teams gives the wide view—how do the Murderers Row Yankees compare to the Big Red Machine? The long view—what team has given the Red Sox the most trouble over the last 100 years? And the hidden view—name the team that went through all the 1990s without a Gold Glove winner. Its how the game is played, and now, finally, its presented in the way the game is best understood.

Created by baseball historian Dennis Purdy, a true buffs buff, THE TEAM-BY-TEAM ENCYCLOPEDIA offers the history of every existing major league baseball franchise told through narrative, bios, anecdotes, photographs, and the most comprehensive team statistics ever assembled in a single book. Every years record, standing, attendance, and primary starting lineup for each of baseballs 30 franchises. Top-10 leader lists for every major category (and some minor ones), plus all-time won-loss records versus all opponents. All the awards—MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, Gold Glove. Manager records. Post-season records. Even retired uniform numbers. But the stats are just the beginning—each chapter contains entertaining thumbnail biographies of every franchises key players, recalling, for example, how the games greatest shortstop, Honus Wagner, was ecruited when spotted throwing rocks across a river. And sprinkled throughout are spicy team facts, bizarre anecdotes, statistical anomalies, and little-known gems—like what Babe Ruth said to Lou Gehrig after hitting his “called shot” homerun in the 1932 World Series.

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Relish the game as never before, with a total immersion in the forest and the trees. Heres the surprising evolution of the Atlanta Braves, the oldest continuous professional franchise in baseball. (No, its not the Reds.) The parallel phenomenon of the DiMaggio brothers, including how Joe of the Yankees dashed Red Sox brother Doms hopes of breaking his 56-game hitting streak. Every Cubs starting lineup since 1876, showing when Tinker to Lowe to Chance turned into Tinker to Evers to Chance, then Tinker to Evers to Saier. The Pirates backstory, and how the games greatest shortstop—Honus Wagner—was recruited when spotted throwing rocks across a river. At a glance, the staff of the World Champion 54 Giants that rocked the elite Indians in four straight. And what Babe Ruth said to Lou Gehrig after his “called shot,” and Gehrigs astonishing response. Every fan has a sweet spot of knowledge—their team, their time. Baseball historian Dennis Purdy performs the feat of marrying statistics, scholarship, biography, trivia, and anecdote to create a massively pleasurable work that is, in its whole, baseballs sweet spot.

About the Author

Dennis Purdy is an all-around baseball scholar. He wrote The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball; edited and published The Vintage & Classic Baseball Collector Magazine; created the syndicated newspaper feature Baseball Trivia Game; and is the author of more than 100 baseball-related magazine articles.
Tony La Russa is the third-winningest manager in major league history, with 2,195 victories with the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, and, since 1996, the St. Louis Cardinals. He makes his off-season home in Alamo, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tony LaRussaIntroduction

The Ground Rules

Arizona Diamondbacks

Atlanta Braves

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Chicago Cubs

Chicago White Sox

Cincinnati Reds

Cleveland Indians

Colorado Rockies

Detroit Tigers

Florida Marlins

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Los Angeles Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins

New York Mets

New York Yankees

Oakland Athletics

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

Seattle Mariners

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Texas Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays

Washington Nationals

Index of Significant Players

Product Details

ISBN:
9780761139430
Author:
Purdy, Dennis
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company
Foreword:
LaRussa, Tony
Author:
LaRussa, Tony
Author:
Russa, Tony La
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Baseball - Statistics
Subject:
Baseball teams
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20060801
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
992
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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Relish the game as never before, with a total immersion in the forest and the trees. Heres the surprising evolution of the Atlanta Braves, the oldest continuous professional franchise in baseball. (No, its not the Reds.) The parallel phenomenon of the DiMaggio brothers, including how Joe of the Yankees dashed Red Sox brother Doms hopes of breaking his 56-game hitting streak. Every Cubs starting lineup since 1876, showing when Tinker to Lowe to Chance turned into Tinker to Evers to Chance, then Tinker to Evers to Saier. The Pirates backstory, and how the games greatest shortstop—Honus Wagner—was recruited when spotted throwing rocks across a river. At a glance, the staff of the World Champion 54 Giants that rocked the elite Indians in four straight. And what Babe Ruth said to Lou Gehrig after his “called shot,” and Gehrigs astonishing response. Every fan has a sweet spot of knowledge—their team, their time. Baseball historian Dennis Purdy performs the feat of marrying statistics, scholarship, biography, trivia, and anecdote to create a massively pleasurable work that is, in its whole, baseballs sweet spot.
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