Download or read book Small Ball in the Big Leagues written by James D. Szalontai and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-01-10 with total page 311 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The typical baseball fan yearns for one of two things: a strikeout or a home run. But most of the game takes place in between these electrifying moments, and this book discusses the importance of “small ball” to baseball. It examines the multitude of times small ball activities have secured victories through aggressive base running, sacrifice hits, squeeze bunts, stolen bases, productive outs and hit-and-run plays, as well as games in which aggressive small ball activity led to defeat. The book covers the most important small ball players, managers and teams.
Download or read book Big League Dreams (Small Worlds) written by Allen Hoffman and published by WW Norton. This book was released on 2011-06-21 with total page 296 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Big League Dreams finds the Krimsk Rebbe and many of his flock in St. Louis on a Saturday, the Sabbath, in the summer of 1920. In St. Louis, it is the summer of 1920 and the day is the Sabbath, but there is little rest for the Jews from Krimsk and less reverence for the wondrous Krimsker Rebbe, who led them to the New World seventeen years before. The rebbe's former hasidim have embraced America to discover that the vision of "gold in the streets" evokes larceny in the heart. Matti Sternweiss, the ungainly, studious child wonder in Krimsk, now the cerebral catcher for the St. Louis Browns, is scheming to fix Saturday's game against the pennant-contending Detroit Tigers. It is an American Sabbath: Prohibition, bookies, the criminal syndicate, the Hiberian fellowship of the police brass, hometown blondes, a bootlegging rabbi, and big league baseball. It is also Krimsk in America: Boruch Levi, the successful junkman, confiscates his zany, crippled brother-in-law Barasch's sizable bets; Barasch's lusty wife, Malka, has her own connubial reasons for wanting to stop the gambling; the chief of police fatefully inspires his loyal disciple, Boruch Levi, to bring Matti before the Krimsker Rebbe on the Sabbath in order to preserve the purity of the national pastime. Recluse and wonder-worker, messianist and pragmatist, the Krimsker Rebbe navigates the muddy Mississippi River, haunted by a recurring prophetic vision of Pharaoh's blood-red Nile. In the final, decisive innings, with Matti crouched behind home plate, it will come down to Ty Cobb versus the kabbalah. Richly imagined, populated with robust, complex characters, Big League Dreams is a profoundly original, inspiring, and comic creation. It is the second volume in the series Small Worlds, which follows the people of Krimsk and their descendants in America, Russia, Poland, and Israel. In each volume Allen Hoffman draws on his deep knowledge of Jewish religion and history to evoke the finite yet infinite "small worlds" his characters inhabit.
Download or read book A Calculus of Color written by Robert Kuhn McGregor and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-04-02 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In 1947, as the integration of Major League Baseball began, the once-daring American League had grown reactionary, unwilling to confront postwar challenges—population shifts, labor issues and, above all, racial integration. The league had matured in the Jim Crow era, when northern cities responded to the Great Migration by restricting black access to housing, transportation, accommodations and entertainment, while blacks created their own institutions, including baseball’s Negro Leagues. As the political climate changed and some major league teams realized the necessity of integration, the American League proved painfully reluctant. With the exception of the Cleveland Indians, integration was slow and often ineffective. This book examines the integration of baseball—widely viewed as a triumph—through the experiences of the American League and finds only a limited shift in racial values. The teams accepted few black players and made no effort to alter management structures, and organized baseball remained an institution governed by tradition-bound owners.
Download or read book Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston written by Charlie Bevis and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-09-22 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For 52 years, Boston was a two-team Major League city, home to both the Red Sox and the Braves. This book focuses on the two teams’ period of coexistence and competition for fans. The author analyzes the Boston fan base through trends in transportation, communication, geography, population and employment. Tracing the pendulum of fan preference between the two teams over five distinct time periods, a deeper understanding emerges of why the Red Sox remained in Boston and the Braves moved to Milwaukee.
Download or read book Small Ball in the Big Leagues written by James Szalontai and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2010 with total page 305 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The typical baseball fan yearns for one of two things: a strikeout or a home run. But most of the game takes place in between these electrifying moments, and this book discusses the importance of small ball to baseball. It examines the multitude of times small ball activities have secured victories through aggressive base running, sacrifice hits, squeeze bunts, stolen bases, productive outs and hit-and-run plays, as well as games in which aggressive small ball activity led to defeat. The book covers the most important small ball players, managers and teams.
Download or read book Little League to the Major Leagues written by Rod Humphries and published by iUniverse. This book was released on 2013-05 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: There is no question that the physical and mental demands of the sport of baseball are rigorous. Not only is it difficult to successfully hit a ninety-mile-per-hour fastball in front of a crowd of passionate spectators, but it is also challenging to navigate an often confusing system that leads players through youth leagues, high school, college, and for a lucky few, the Minor and Major Leagues. Rod Humphries, sports journalist, television writer, and former administrator of a worldwide professional tennis tour, shares his personal experiences and advice from experts in this complete insider’s guide designed to help players, their parents, and baseball fans understand how Major Leaguers “pay their dues.” Humphries, who closely studied the entire baseball assembly line when his son was drafted out of high school by the Houston Astros, offers valuable information on: • The professional baseball structure• Little League vs. select/travel ball• Player analysis and recruitment• Scholarships and coaching camps• Draft day decisions, salaries, and career chances Little League to the Major Leagues provides proven tips and time-tested advice for any family or player who dares to dream of journeying beyond youth baseball to high school, college, and the professional game.
Download or read book Chasing the Big Leagues written by Brett Baker and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2019-04-01 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Three years after earning a full-ride baseball scholarship to Ohio State, "Golden" Jake Standen has burned out. Working as a furniture mover and bouncing between meaningless relationships, he's convinced that his baseball dreams are over. But after the 1994 Major League Baseball strike prematurely ends the season, the playoffs, and even the World Series, Jake is about to get his lucky break. Strike be damned, the owners will have a team for the '95 season, even if they have to open tryouts and spring training to anyone who can hit or throw the ball. After scoring contracts for the Toronto Blue Jays, Jake, his best friend Brian Sloan, and an unlikely cast of new teammates have just six weeks to learn how to play like never before, amid a slowly building crescendo of public curiosity, media scrutiny, and a labor dispute that could put them on the field come Opening Day—or dash their dreams at any minute. Based on the true stories of the 1994–95 replacement players, Chasing the Big Leagues is an exciting novel about shared dreams and competing interests, best friends and second chances, growing up and finding love.
Download or read book Small Ball written by Craig Martin Barnes and published by Aspect Books. This book was released on 2016-04-07 with total page 98 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nicknamed “America’s Pastime,” baseball is a favorite sport for many people. With little leagues, school teams, community recreation clubs, farm teams, and Major League Baseball, it is no wonder the game is so popular. When Craig Barnes and his friends broke a window in their neighborhood as a result of their lively game of baseball, the group of youngsters invented miniature baseball. This breakthrough version of their favorite game could be played in a smaller space and utilized a ball that wouldn’t break any windows! Small Ball: The Blessings of Miniature Baseball introduces you to the game of miniature baseball and provides you with a complete set of rules and instructions for how to play the game. Unlike traditional baseball, the unique scoring system of miniature baseball allows you to play the game with as few as two people. And with handicaps for advanced players, both young and old rookies can enjoy playing alongside those with more experience, thus mentoring and sharing the love of baseball with all generations, including those who live with handicaps.
Download or read book The Days of Rube, Matty, Honus and Ty written by Chuck Kimberly and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-11-28 with total page 366 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The early Deadball Era featured landmark achievements, great performances by several of baseball’s immortals, and a delightful array of characters. John McGraw won his first pennant as a manager and repeated the feat the following year with the team he later called his greatest. His Giants were praised for their playing ability and criticized for their rowdy behavior. Meanwhile the Cubs were putting together the greatest team in franchise history, emphasizing speed on the bases, solid defense and outstanding pitching. Jack Chesbro won 41 games in 1904 by employing a new pitch—the spitball. Other pitchers began using it, accelerating the trend toward lower batting averages. The White Sox entered baseball lore as the “Hitless Wonders,” winning the 1906 pennant through adroit use of “scientific baseball” tactics.
Download or read book The Cubs and the Aäó»s of 1910 written by Richard Bressler and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2016-10-14 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Cubs were at the end of the best five-season run of any team in history. The team featured Three Finger Brown, the famed double play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance, and the other players who together won 530 games in the 1906–1910 seasons. They won four National League pennants and were the first team to win consecutive World Series, in 1907 and 1908. After winning 104 games in 1909 and finishing second in the League, the Cubs came back in 1910 to win the pennant again—they seemed unstoppable. Going into the World Series, the Cubs—favored to win—were at the end of a great run and the Philadelphia A’s were at the start of one. This book tells the story of the changing of the guard in baseball in 1910, and how these two great teams assembled. The narrative takes in the history of early 20th century baseball, featuring men like Ben Shibe, Connie Mack, Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Chief Bender, and many others.
Download or read book Small Teaching written by James M. Lang and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2016-02-16 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Employ cognitive theory in the classroom every day Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. But that's easier said than done. Many books about cognitive theory introduce radical but impractical theories, failing to make the connection to the classroom. In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. Learn, for example: How does one become good at retrieving knowledge from memory? How does making predictions now help us learn in the future? How do instructors instill fixed or growth mindsets in their students? Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive theory, explains when and how it should be employed, and provides firm examples of how the intervention has been or could be used in a variety of disciplines. Small teaching techniques include brief classroom or online learning activities, one-time interventions, and small modifications in course design or communication with students.
Download or read book Collecting Historical Autographs written by Ron Keurajian and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2016-11-22 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Illustrations are outstanding. Ron Keurajian has amassed a huge amount of data over the decades and combined it with his observations, personal comments and recommendations. Anyone serious about collecting or selling autographs will find this new book indispensable"--International Autograph Collectors Club "Once you pick this book up you will find it very hard to put it down...highly recommended...will undoubtedly create many new informed collectors"--Autograph Planet "Keurajian has created a richly illustrated reference guide that can assist even the most novice collectors in separating the true from the fake…[will be] looked upon as a trusted guide for decades to come"--Civil War News Collecting autographs is a time-honored avocation that has exploded in popularity in recent years, creating a new industry with millions of autographed items for sale online. Coveted signatures include those of United States presidents, Civil War officers, World War II heroes, classical music composers and baseball stars. It has been estimated that 90 percent of historical autographs on the market today are forgeries. This book is a definitive guide to signature authentication for experts and beginners alike. Numerous illustrations of both genuine and forged signatures are included, from Ty Cobb to Abraham Lincoln to Isaac Newton to Neil Armstrong. Detailed descriptions of common forgeries are given, enabling collectors to make direct comparisons.
Download or read book Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer written by Bill Staples, Jr. and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2011-08-12 with total page 282 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: While the story of the Negro Leagues has been well documented, few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900–1968). A talented player who excelled at all nine positions, Zenimura was also a respected manager and would become the Japanese American community’s baseball ambassador. He worked tirelessly to promote the game at home and abroad, leading goodwill trips to Asia, helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and establishing a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona’s Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. This first biography of the “Father of Japanese-American Baseball” delivers a thorough and fascinating account of Zenimura’s life.
Download or read book The Chicago Cubs written by Warren N. Wilbert and published by Sports Publishing LLC. This book was released on 1997 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Readers will enjoy reviewing the best seasons in Cubs history in Season at the Summit. The Chicago White Stockings, later to become Wrigleyville's loveable Cubbies, were charter members of the National League, and the only franchise that has operated continuously in the same city between the first game played on April 1876 and today. During that time, over 1,750 ballplayers have pulled on Cub uniforms, and out of that number, co-authors Warren Wilbert and William Hageman have chosen the players who have put together individual seasons of such magnificent that they have merited a top-50 billing.
Download or read book Outlaw League written by Robert Foust and published by Page Publishing Inc. This book was released on 2021-06-09 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: While this book is basically a satirical look at baseball, it touches on other subjects along the way. It starts in 1956 long after the legend of Abner Doubleday, a Civil War officer, whose name is entwined with inventing the grand old game we now call baseball. Unlike the ironmen of the past who went the distance and hit for power too, the narrative explores how the game evolved into one that features specialized players like designated hitters and starting pitchers who rarely go more than six innings before the hot arms of the bullpen trot out. It also tells the journey of a young boy into manhood and the trials and tribulations he endures while seeking his lifelong dream and indeed his true calling in life of becoming a major-league pitcher. It touches on the draft and his induction into the military and ultimately his deployment to Southeast Asia and a combat tour that he barely survived. It then follows his path into the world of marijuana trafficking and ultimately a four-year stretch in a Canadian penitentiary. It climaxes with our protagonist getting an invitation at age thirty-six to spring training. He didn't make the team, but it was an achievement nonetheless. It is an entertaining read with great characters mixed in along the way. I hope you will enjoy reading this piece of baseball fiction as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Download or read book Earning A Ring written by Kristina Mathews and published by Lyrical Press. This book was released on 2016-01-19 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For Rachel Parker, covering the San Francisco Goliaths is the perfect opportunity to launch her career as a serious reporter. But she didn’t bargain on Bryce Baxter, the team’s star shortstop, tempting her more non-professional aspirations. After tearing up the base paths with him, she finds herself with a little problem, and Bryce might be the only man who can save the game. Bryce Baxter should be living the dream. His team just won the World Series and he just signed the multi-year contract of his career. But his field of dreams has been overtaken by a fiery redheaded reporter, who’s bearing a news flash that will change both of their lives forever...
Download or read book Baseball Prospectus 2020 written by Baseball Prospectus, and published by Stylus Publishing, LLC. This book was released on 2020-02-07 with total page 600 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The 2020 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide. PLAY BALL! The 25th edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams. Baseball Prospectus 2020 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called “the überforecast of every player’s performance.” With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2020 will understand why!