Synopses & Reviews
"There may not be anyone alive who knows more about baseball than Joe Morgan." Bob Costas, NBC Sports Broadcaster "Baseball For Dummies brings out the kid in every reader. A terrific book for people of all ages." Fred Opper, Hall of Fame Baseball Player and Coach, Fordham University "Joe Morgan knows baseball. In fact, he was one of the most intelligent players to ever play the game." Sparky Anderson, Three-time World Series-Winning Manager
More than 100 Illustrations & Play Diagrams
Don't Let the Game Throw You a Curve! One of baseball's greatest players takes you out to the ballpark and onto the field with clear explanations and illustrations, and grand-slam advice for getting the most out of this favorite international pastime. From pitching and hitting to the bull pen and batter's box Baseball For Dummies® has all the bases covered! Before the Peanuts and Cracker Jacks
- Become stat savvy calculate batting and pitching performance
- Decipher all of the baseball jargon used on and off the field
- Assemble a killer fantasy team with tips for picking the right players
- Stay at the top of your game with expert advice on conditioning and exercise
- Polish your hitting, fielding, pitching, and baserunning skills
- Get expert advice from star players on how to play each position
- Play it safe suit up yourself or your team with the right gear
- Discover the coaching dos and don'ts to keep your team motivated
- Tip your hat to the greatest players then and now from Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds
About the Author
About the Authors Joe Morgan started his 22-year career with the Houston Astros and was named the 1965 Rookie of the Year. While with the Cincinnati Reds, he was named to eight consecutive All-Star teams and received back-to-back MVP honors. Joe was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. He currently serves as an ESPN Color Commentator and NBC Expert Analyst for Major League Baseball. Richard Lally's articles and columns on baseball and other sports have appeared in prestigious publications throughout the world. He is the author or coauthor of 16 books, including the baseball biography The Wrong Stuff.
Table of Contents
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: How to Get 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 the Little Leagues 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: Major League Baseball.
Chapter 14: Measuring Performance (How to Calculate Baseball's Statistics).
Chapter 15: Going All the Way: The League Championship Series and the World Series.
PART IV: We Don't Care If We Ever Get Back A Spectator's Guide.
Chapter 16: Following the Bouncing Baseball.
Chapter 17: Keeping Up with the Show: Baseball Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand.
Chapter 18: Fantasy Baseball.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Players, All-Time and Current.
Chapter 20: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Pitchers, All-Time and Current.
Chapter 21: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Fielders, All-Time and Current.
Chapter 22: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Future Stars.
Chapter 23: Ten Baseball Records that Are Least Likely to Be Broken.
Chapter 24: Ten Events that Transformed the Game.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Baseball Speak: A Glossary.
Appendix B: Major League Records.
Appendix C: Baseball Organizations.
Book Registration Information.