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KIRKUS REVIEW

A happy blend of the wacky humor of one Smith and the baseball passion of another for a book that's not an ordinary baseball book. Ira Smith has collected baseball oddities avidly for years, tales of our national game which few remember, going back to 1890- and forward to 1920. Here is evidence that putting 18 men on a diamond can produce results that go from the ridiculous to the more ridiculous:- outfielders chasing fly balls to their deaths; coaches' feet falling asleep, giving the impression of the victim having a fit in the midst of a game, machines designed to pitch and catch, owners making gifts of identical suits to the teams so that their evening activities could be traced, and so on and on (as if to prove that Brooklyn has no monopoly on baseball antics). Humor- yes, of an odd sort; interest- yes, for fans; real baseball- rarely;- but after this the straight game might seem a trifle dull.

Publisher: Doubleday