Baseball for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764575376
ISBN-13: 9780764575372
Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: 'Baseball for Dummies' covers every aspect of America's most popular field sport, from the basics onwards. It includes explanations of all the stats, a guide to the sign language, even how to throw a curve ball.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430

'Baseball for Dummies' covers every aspect of America's most popular field sport, from the basics onwards. It includes explanations of all the stats, a guide to the sign language, even how to throw a curve ball.

Foreword
Introduction
About This Book
Why You Need This Book
How to Use This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Getting Started (Before Your First At-Bat)
What Is Baseball?
The Roots of the Game
The Structure of the Game
The Playing Field
The Action of Play
Coming Home (Eventually)
The People in Charge
Umpires and Official Scorers
The Strike Zone
Suiting Up: Equipment
Choosing Your Weapons: Balls, Bats, and Gloves
Shodding Yourself Like a Pro
Equipping Yourself for Safety
Caps and Uniforms
Preparing the Field for Practice and Play
And If You'll Permit Us an Indelicacy
The Rules of the Game
"Play Ball!" Starting the Game
Batting by the Book
The Designated Hitter Rule
Baserunning Etiquette
Rules Governing the Pitcher
An Umpire's Authority
Reading Up on the Rules
Taking Your Swings -- How to Play the Game
Training: Getting into Baseball Shape
Warming Up
Stretching Out
Jumping for Joy: Pylometrics
Taking Your Medicine: Using the Medicine Ball
High Intensity Leg Work: Sprinting
Playing Heavy Metal: Working with Free Weights
Keeping Your Rotator Well Oiled
It Ain't Over 'til It's Over
Swinging the Lumber: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer
A Hitter's Tools
Picking Your Lumber
Holding the Bat
Stepping Up to the Plate
Tailoring Your Stance
Positioning Your Body
Striding for Power
Slapping Down or Cutting Up: Two Approaches to Hitting
Making Contact
Fine-Tuning Your Swing
Following Through
Dealing with the Strike Zone
Judging the First Pitch
Going to All Fields
Analyzing the Pitcher
The Dying Art of Bunting
Executing the Hit-and-Run
Turning the Run-and-Hit
Walking Aggressively
Getting the Most Out of Batting Practice
Working with Your Batting Practice Pitcher
Other Practice Tips
Troubleshooting Your Batting
Overcoming the Fear of Getting Hit
Post Script: Some Advice for Pinch Hitters from Rusty Staub
Winning the Arms Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer
It All Starts with Your Stance
Your Wind-up, Thrust, and Release
The Follow-Through
Pitching from the Stretch
Heat and Other Weapons in Your Pitching Arsenal
Before You Take the Mound
The Third Dimension: Defense
The Good Hands People
Picking a Position
Loading the Cannon: Getting Your Arm Ready for the Field
A Word about Errors
Six Tips for Fielding Grounders
Positioning Yourself for a Strong Defense
Fielding Line Drives
Fielding Fly Balls
Playing the Field: Position by Position
From behind the Plate: Catcher
You Can't Hide at First Base
Second (Base) to None
Cookin' at the Hot Corner
Ranging Wide: Playing Shortstop
That Extra Infielder: The Pitcher
Where Fly Balls Go to Die: Playing the Outfield
The Science of Baserunning
Accelerating Out of the Box
Taking Your Lead
Reading Your Opposition
Rounding the Bag
Tagging Up
Using Your Coaches
Sliding Safely
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Preventing the Double Play
Colliding with the Catcher at Home Plate
Profile of a Base Thief
Joe's Baseball Playbook
From Little League to the Major Leagues: Organized Baseball
T-Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between
T-Ball: A Good Place to Start
Amateur Leagues for All Ages
The Collegiate Talent Pool
The Minors and Other Leagues
The American Minor Leagues
Baseball in Japan
New Asian Frontiers
Tropical Leagues
The Cuban Juggernaut
Required Reading for Minor League Fans
There Are Tricks to This Game: Coaching
A Manager's Role
Sparky Anderson's Winning Advice
Men in Blue: Umpiring Like a Professional
The Intangibles
Going by the Book
Calling Balls and Strikes
On the Base Paths: Positioning Yourself to Make the Call
Fair or Foul?
Umpiring Diplomacy
Asking for Help
Dispelling a Baseball Myth
Surviving the Pressure Cooker
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball Administration
The Major League Franchises
Off-the-Field Baseball Jobs and How to Snag Them
Bat and Ball Handlers
Ticket Takers and Ushers
Vendors
Groundskeepers
Trainers
Public Address Announcers
Broadcasters
Front Office Jobs
Major League Team Owners
Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball's Statistics
Calculating a Batter's Abilities
Measuring a Pitcher's Performance
Determining a Fielder's Reliability
Crunching Your Team's Won-Lost Percentage
Going All the Way: Postseason Play and the World Series
The Humble Beginnings of the World Series
The Ever-Changing Road to the Series
We Don't Care If We Ever Get Back: A Spectator's Guide
Following the Bouncing Baseball
Picking the Best Seat (For What You Want to See)
Looking for a Souvenir?
Real Fans Keep Score
The Stadiums
Stadium Statistics
When You Can't Get to the Park
Keeping Up with the Show: Baseball Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand
Baseball in Cyberspace
Baseball on the Tube
Baseball in Print
Fantasy Baseball
What the Heck Is Fantasy Baseball?
How Do I Play?
Some Tips for Fantasy Baseball Success
Baseball on Your PC
The Part of Tens
Joe Morgan's Top Ten Players, All-Time and Current
The Ten Best Players of All Time
The Ten Best Current Players
Joe Morgan's Top Ten Pitchers, All-Time and Current
Joe's All-Time Top Ten Starting Pitchers
The Ten Best Current Pitchers
Joe Morgan's Top Ten Fielders, All-Time and Current
The Ten Best Fielders of All Time
The Ten Best Current Fielders
Joe Morgan's Ten Negro League Legends
Josh Gibson
Satchel Paige
Oscar Charleston
John Henry Lloyd
Walter "Buck" Leonard
Leon Day
Cool Papa Bell
Ray Dandridge
Smokey Joe Williams
Bullet Joe Rogan
Ten Things to Love about Baseball
Those Magic 90 Feet
The Perfect Diamond
National League Chess Matches
Showdown: The Pitcher-Hitter Confrontation
All in the Family
6-4-3
Going for Three
Larceny on the Base Paths
Size Doesn't Matter
Going Deep for a Win
Ten Baseball Nicknames That Hit the Mark
Jim "The Toy Cannon" Wynn
Orlando "Cha Cha" Cepeda, a.k.a. The Baby Bull
Tony "Doggie" Perez
Pete "Charlie Hustle" Rose
Bill "Spaceman" Lee
Rusty "Le Grande Orange" Staub
Frank "The Washington Monument" Howard
Willie "Stretch" McCovey
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
Dick "The Monster" Radatz
Appendixes
Baseball Speak: A Glossary
Baseball Organizations
Index
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