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  Baseball   Baseball: An Illustrated History  

Baseball: An Illustrated History

Emmy and Peabody Award–winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and Francis Parkman Prize–winning historian Geoffrey Ward teamed up in 1994 to create the landmark PBS television series Baseball. Then, in 2010, the long-awaited sequel "The Tenth Inning" appeared. Illustrated with more than 500 photographs, this companion volume to the complete series offers the same deep exploration of America's favorite pastime. As Michael Seidel wrote in New York Newsday, "To capture the history ...... read more

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"You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through," Joe DiMaggio once said. "You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."


We have plenty of items here to help you celebrate the opening of the 2014 baseball season—after all, this could be the year! From the beautifully illustrated companion volume to Ken Burns's series Baseball to books on Cooperstown and Negro League ball, baseball-themed DVDs like The Natural, and even children's books like the whimsical Bats at the Ballgame, we've got your seat behind the plate.
 

 

  The Dickson Baseball Dictionary: Third Edition  

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary: Third Edition

Originally published in 1989, this "indispensable guide to the language of baseball" (San Diego Union-Tribune) has become an invaluable resource for those who love the game. Paul Dickson mines dozens of 19th- and early 20th-century periodicals as well as contemporary sources to produce his illuminating definitions of more than 10,000 terms in 18,000 individual entries, ably assisted in this Third Edition by Skip McAfee.

"This grand book is truly a baseball lover's dream.... From the ...... read more

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Baseball's Ultimate Power: Ranking the All-Time Greatest Distance Home Run Hitters  

Baseball's Ultimate Power: Ranking the All-Time Greatest Distance Home Run Hitters

Bill Jenkinson.

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The record-breaking home run is the greatest single act of power in the game of baseball, and those who have witnessed them have equated these long-distance hits with the feats of Paul Bunyan, ... ... read more

 
Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game  

Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game

John Thorn.

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Think you know how the game of baseball began? John Thorn—official historian of Major League Baseball, coauthor of Total Baseball, and the chief consultant and on-screen historian for Ken ... ... read more

 
Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field  

Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field

Terri Hemmert & Bob Costas, narrators.

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Here are two entertaining documentaries that salute fans of the Chicago Cubs and the stadium they play in. Inside Chicago: Wrigley Field offers an Emmy-winning glimpse inside the "friendly ... ... read more

 
Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame  

Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Zev Chafets.

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is not just a museum and a place to honor great athletes, as Zev Chafets reminds us here; it's where America's pastime announces to the ... ... read more

 
Branch Rickey: A Life  

Branch Rickey: A Life

Jimmy Breslin.

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As general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues in 1947, changing baseball forever. Pulitzer Prize–winning ... ... read more

 
 
Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager  

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager

Buzz Bissinger.

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A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger here captures the strategic and emotional complexities of baseball through its quintessential form, ... ... read more

 
The Best American Sports Writing 2010  

The Best American Sports Writing 2010

Peter Gammons, ed. Glenn Stout, series ed.

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Voted National Sportswriter of the Year for 1989, 1990, and 1993, National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Famer Peter Gammons heads up this collection of the best sporting writing for 2010. ... ... read more

 
Sluggers #4: Water, Water Everywhere  

Sluggers #4: Water, Water Everywhere

Loren Long & Phil Bildner.

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The year is 1899, and the Travelin' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ol' U.S. of A., trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt, in this fourth title in Loren ... ... read more

 
The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football  

The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

John J. Miller.

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"As a Harvard freshman, Teddy Roosevelt attended the second Harvard-Yale football game. Almost 30 years later, as president, Roosevelt was rooting not for a given team but for the survival of the ... ... read more

 
Fathers & Sons & Sports: Great Writing by Buzz Bissinger, John Ed Bradley, Bill Geist, Donald Hall, Mark Kriegel, Norman Maclean, and others  

Fathers & Sons & Sports: Great Writing by Buzz Bissinger, John Ed Bradley, Bill Geist, Donald Hall, Mark Kriegel, Norman Maclean, and others

Mike Lupica, intro.

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For generations, fathers and sons have used the language of sports to work out their differences and express their love for each other. New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica introduces ... ... read more

 
 
Fight of the Century: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling  

Fight of the Century: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling

Patrick Myler. Bert Randolph Sugar, foreword.

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More than the world heavyweight championship was at stake when Joe Louis fought Germany's Max Schmeling on June 22, 1938; it was billed as a contest between nations, races, and political ideologies. ... ... read more

 
Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties  

Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties

Kevin Mitchell.

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"British sportswriter [Kevin] Mitchell offers an anecdotal survey of boxing in the 1950s, often considered the sport's golden age…. It’s a fascinating story, full of great fighters (Robinson, ... ... read more

 
Bookjigs Having A Ball Bookmark: Sports Balls on Brushed Silver with Green Ribbon, for Paperbacks  

Bookjigs Having A Ball Bookmark: Sports Balls on Brushed Silver with Green Ribbon, for Paperbacks

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When you're not chasing a ball down the field, find your place in your favorite book with this turf-green ribbon bookmark, with various sports balls painted on the clip. If you've ever wished that ... ... read more

 
Schott's Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany  

Schott's Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany

Ben Schott.

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From the author of the international bestsellers Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany comes this third—and most playful—installment in the series. What ... ... read more

 
Rocky: Collector's Edition  

Rocky: Collector's Edition

Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers & others. John G. Avildsen, director.

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Nominated for ten Oscars (winning three, including Best Picture) and sweeping the Golden Globes, 1976's Rocky portrays a small-time boxer who has a rare chance to fight the heavyweight ... ... read more

 
 
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