BASEBALL ANECDOTES by David & Steve Wulf--Eds. Okrent


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Really more of a chatty, familiar history of the game than a trove of anecdotes (far less story-filled, for instance, than Shlain's Oddballs, reviewed above); and as for the anecdotal material: if you're a baseball fan, you'll have heard much of it before--Ruth calling his home run, Ted Williams hitting a home run on his last at-bat, Vandermeer's consecutive no-hitters, etc. Still, Okrent (The Ultimate Baseball Book; Nine Innings) and Wulf (senior editor for baseball, Sports Illustrated) do relate it all in a lively manner, and manage to include some rarer ancillary material on utility players, old-time commissioners and pre-1900 baseball. Okay as lightly enjoyable nostalgia, then, but a bunt single at best.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1989
ISBN: 0195043960
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press