The ability of the male at all ages and stages to linger long and lovingly over the details of throwing, catching and hitting something adds to their charm and is a boon to the book trade as well as to this author whose work has covered football too. Every position on the team is analyzed -- not only for the way to play it but for the temperament best suited to it. The illustrations by Leonard Kessler are one step up from the stick figure and well suited to the elucidation of the tips given on stance, positions and grips. Plays are diagrammed. There is a glossary of baseball terms provided that seems to cover the devotee's jargon with thoroughness, and an index. At first glance, it's an odd index-""wild pitch"" is under that rather than ""pitching"" and it might never occur to the librarian to look under ""bobbles"" for mistakes but on second thought, that might be exactly where the patron would expect to find it. Clearly written and helpful with hints, this may be as useful to the coach as to the player.