The Complete Idiot's Guide to BaseballeBook - 1999
You're no idiot, of course. You know that Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat, Mark McGwire is the home run champ, and the '98 Yankees were one of the best teams in baseball history. But when it comes to understanding the finer points of a suicide squeeze or the impact of the designated hitter rule, you feel like a Little Leaguer facing a Randy Johnson fastball. Don't bench yourself just yet! Hall of Famer Johnny Bench--named the greatest catcher and 16th greatest all-around player in history by The Sporting News in 1998-- is here to help you follow the national pastime like a pro. In his fact-filled book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baseball, Johnny gives you:
Baker & Taylor
Fascinating and riveting, a Hall of Fame catcher--known as the Big Red Machine--offers a detailed history of America's favorite pastime, from the refinement of hitting, pitching, and fielding to keen observations on players past and present to the scandals, strikes, and unbelievable salaries. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench - named the greatest catcher and 16th greatest all-around player in history by The Sporting News in 1998 - is here to help you follow the national pastime like a pro. In his fact-filled book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baseball, Johnny gives you: fascinating lessons in the origins and traditions of baseball; valuable coaching on the essentials of the game: pitching, hitting, and fielding; inside tips on the dugout strategies smart managers use to win ballgames; clear instruction on how to score a game, read a box score, and make the most of your trips to the ballpark; and historical looks at the game's greatest players, including Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Tom Seaver, Sammy Sosa, Cal Ripken Jr., and more.
Introduces the game of baseball for the novice, covering the rules, equipment, method of play, major and minor leagues, statistics, and history