796.357 BUCKLEY Unhittable : reliving the magic and drama of baseball's best-pitched games / James Buckley, Jr. and Phil Pepe. A picture book for grown-ups, with box scores. It has a DVD inside with a a movie-length program produced by MLB. Be sure you return the disk as well as the book.
The bulk of the text consists of short descriptions of some great games, great from the point of view of the pitcher. And do you realize how rare no-hitters are? Since 1901 only 209 of more than 163,000 games have been official no-hitters (only one pitcher used for the complete game).
The syllabus for a course Robert Elias taught at the University of San Francisco starts with this quote from Roger Kahn "Scratch an intellectual and you'll find a baseball fan". For whatever reason, some of the best American writers have written baseball books - Roger Angell, Stephen Jay Gould, Roger Kahn, Frank Deford. The writers of great baseball fiction include Bernard Malamud, W. P. Kinsella, Philip Roth, Ring Lardner, Robert Coover.
See also: A booklist of baseball fiction for adults.
And have you read the baseball books by Mongomery County author Paul Dickson? We have 796.357 DICKSON The Joy of Keeping Score : How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball. Unfortunately we no longer have The Hidden Language of Baseball : How Signs and Sign Stealing Have Influenced the Course of Our National Pastime and The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary. Both are still in print. We can get them for you via inter-library loan, you can check them out from county libraries, or you could buy them.
Many a statistician started as a baseball fan.
MLB stat retrieval
Finding earlier box scores
Retro-sheet baseball history
The Baseball Almanac (How to score a game)
USA Today Baseball Weekly 2005 Season
ESPN 2005 season
Baseball Guru historical stats
Society for American Baseball Research
Posted by library at October 3, 2005 12:37 PM