Synopses & Reviews
Why is baseball such a great subject for a Bathroom Reader
? Because its steeped in history and tradition, its rife with scandals and controversy, and most of the men that dedicate their life to it are just a little bit
weird. Uncle Johns spirited take on the game takes you deep into that history to paint a detailed picture of where the game came from and where it may be going. Youll go behind the scenes at spring training, listen in on pitchers mound conferences, and meet the players, coaches, fans, and broadcasters who make this the greatest game in the world! Swing for the fences as you read about
Minor league mishaps
The violent history of umpiring
The true story of Lou Gehrigs heroic rise and tragic fall
The man who pitched a no-hitter while tripping on LSD
The origins of gloves, baseballs, bats, uniforms, helmets, and more
Baseballs most famous call and how it was saved for posterity
The best and worst teams of all time
Animals in the outfield
The birth of Little League
The Abner Doubleday myth
And much, much more!
The first full baseball game took place in 1838 so it's no surprise that in the last 170 years the sport has produced staggering volumes of statistics, raised an impressive array of players, and, perhaps most significantly, won the love of an entire nation. Baseball is America's most treasured and nostalgic sport, and this massive volume collects nearly everything any fan would ever want or need to know. It's all here: from the sport's history to its philosophy, its equipment to the evolution of the uniforms this is the place to find any relevant factoid. And that's not including the slightly askew tidbits this hefty reader brings readers fascinating pieces of lesser-known trivia, history, and obscure facts, as well as enjoyable anecdotes related to the game of diamonds.
About the Author
The Bathroom Readers' Institute is a tight-knit group of loyal and skilled writers, researchers, and editors who have been working as a team for years. The BRI understands the habits of a very special market--Throne Sitters--and devotes itself to providing amazing facts and conversation pieces.