Joy of Keeping Score How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball

ISBN-10: 0802715702

ISBN-13: 9780802715708

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In this unique book, Paul Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard. Within the history of the scorecard are some of baseball's greatest moments. From the first scorecard introduced in 1845, to the scoring system devised by direct-marketing genius L. L. Bean; from presidential scoring habits to batting titles decided by official scorers, to Phil Rizzuto's inspired scoring symbol "WW, " ("Wasn't Watching"), Dickson delights in his subject, offering unique insights and memorable anecdotes. Among the book's many illustrations is a gallery of historic scorecards, including Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Babe Ruth's famous "called" home run, and Cal Ripken's record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game. In addition, Dickson provides basic and advanced scoring techniques for beginners and experts alike, a year-by-year timeline of rule changes, a guide to baseball's quirkiest statutes, stories of famous scoring blunders, and many more unexpected rewards. For those who keep or have kept score, this book will be an elixir. For those who haven't, it will be a revelation. For baseball fans everywhere, it is a treasure.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 3/20/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Size: 7.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704

Why Score?
How to Tend a Scorecard-The Basics
The Grid
The Code
By the Numbers
Further Basics
Advanced Scoring Techniques
Using Color and Diagrams
Asterisks, Exclamation Points, and Other Symbols of Defensive Prowess!
Scoring and Baseball History from A to Z
Is for Abbreviations and Scoring Symbols
Is for Box Scores
Is for Collecting Scorecards-Objects and Information
Is for Details, Details, and More Details
Is for the Eisenhower-Coolidge Continuum
Is for Scorekeeping in French
Is for Gems and Errors
Is for Hindsight
Is for I Score, Therefore I Am-The Scorer's Creed
Is for Judgment Calls
Is for K as in Strikeout
Is for L.L. Bean's System, the E.Z. Radio Baseball Score Card, and Other Attempts at the Great American Scorecard
Is for the Metaphor of Scoring...with a Lengthy Digression on Scorecards, Hot Dogs, and Peanuts
Is for Numbers, The
Is for the Official Scorer
Is for Proving the Official Box Score
Is for Questions for and Answers from the Official Scorer
Is for Rules of Thumb
Is for Scorecards and Scorebooks
Is for Team Error
Is for Uncovering the Truth of the Horse's Teeth
Is for Vexatious Moments in Official Scoring History
Is for Writing Instruments
Is for X's and Checks
Is for Year-by-Year Timeline of Scoring Rule Changes
Is for Zamboni on Field and Other Zany (but Relevant) Scoring Notations
Scorecards of Historic Games
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