The Baseball

The Baseball

Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches

eBook - 2011
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The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. The Baseball is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307742087
0307742083
Characteristics: 1 online resource (228 p.) : ill.
Contents: Baseballs in the news. The souvenir craze. "Ball grabbers, read this" ; Steve Bartman ; Jeffrey Maier ; Red Sox World Series balls ; Barry Bonds home run balls ; Hand Aaron's final home run ; Sammy Sosa's 62nd home run of 1998 ; Ryan Howard's 200th career home run ; Big money opportunities
Foul ball lore. Consecutive foul balls ; Lightning strikes twice ; Nice "catch" ; Heckle this! ; Don't mess with Cal Ripken, Jr. ; Lynyrd Skynyrd ; Banned from baseball ; Great balls of fire ; Happy Mother's day ; Family affair ; That ball is
gone
Death by baseball. Dangerous game ; Ray Chapman ; Mike Coolbaugh ; Fan fatalities ; Fowl balls
Stunts. Such great heights ; Knocking the cover off the ball ; Punk'd by Pete Rose ; Outer space ; The motorcycle test ; Does a curveball really curve? ; The Brass Glove Award ; Just say no
Foul balls in pop culture. Movies and TV shows ; Celebrity ballhawks
Historical and factual stuff. The evolution of the ball.
The Rawlings method . (De)constructing the ball ; The Pill ; Mission : impossible ; The winding room ; The cowhide ; The stitching process ; Finishing touches ; Commemorative balls
Storage, preparation, and usage. Striving for uniformity ; Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud ; Equipment managers
How to snag major league baseballs. Before you enter the stadium. Luck versus skill ; Choosing a game ; Stadium security ; Buying tickets ; What to bring ; When to arrive
Batting practice. The first 60 seconds ; General advice on positioning ; Left field versus right field ; Home run balls ; Ground balls ; The glove trick (and other devices)
How to get a player to throw you a ball. Dress for success ; A mishmash of strategies ; Don't be annoying ; Tailing your request to the situation ; Where to go and when to be there ; If it rains
The game itself. What are the odds? ; Foul ball theory ; Game home runs ; Nice catch! Now what? ; Third-out balls and other tosses ; After the final out
Top 10 lists and other things of interest. Top 10 ballhawks of all time ; Top 10 memorable ballhawking moments ; Top 10 stadiums for ballhawking ; Spring training, home run derby, and the postseason ; Ballhawking etiquette ; Documenting your collection
Ballhawk glossary.
Summary: The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. The Baseball is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.

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