101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out

101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 9781493016471
Release 2015-02-10
Pages 256
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A brand new edition of the finalist for the 2008 Casey Award, presented annually to the best baseball book, 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out profiles America’s greatest baseball museums, shrines, sports bars, pop culture landmarks and ballpark sites. From sandlots and skyboxes to TV rooms and sports bars, America’s love for baseball has inspired countless memories, discussions, and tributes. Josh Pahigian takes us across America to explore the places where the game’s history, culture, and lore come to life. Whether we travel by car or sit in the comfort of our favorite armchair, the book guides us to 101 amazing baseball places—including Ted Williams’ boyhood home, the Field of Dreams movie site, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Chicago bar where the Cubs’ “Curse of the Billy Goat” was born, Babe Ruth’s grave, and scores of other captivating landmarks and curios. Replacing the now-extinct sites from the previous edition, updating entries for attractions that have moved, re-assigning coveted chapters to more inspiring baseball venues that have since opened, and including stunning color photos for nearly all of them, Josh Pahigian has created the perfect gift for any baseball fan.

Diehards Why Fans Care So Much about Sports

Diehards  Why Fans Care So Much about Sports Author Chip Scarinzi
ISBN-10 1939054486
Release 2015-09-01
Pages 222
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Diehard sports fans are arguably the beating heart of the sports industry. In good times and in bad, they file into stadiums and arenas of all shapes and sizes ready to expend financial and emotional currency on a hobby that goes horribly wrong half of the time. Does the payoff from the good times - the thrilling victories, championship glory and miraculous performances - outweigh the trauma inflicted by the bad? Why do diehards invest so fully in sports teams and players when that commitment, love and adoration is seldom reciprocated - if ever? Through the lens of baseball, "Diehards" unravels the mystery of sports fans and provides context for what fuels the evolution from casual fan to diehard. In "Diehards," Chip Scarinzi canvasses experts about the impact of sports fandom on fan psyche, health, and family life while also sharing personal accounts of deep-seated sports passion from the most dedicated of fans. PRAISE FOR DIEHARDS "For the true fan of baseball, reading "Diehards" is like sitting in your season seats and trading stories of euphoria and defeat with the other fanatic regulars around you. Scarinzi is amusingly confessional and unapologetic about his own fandom as he explores the social and psychological causes and effects of loving a sport and a team. He is one of those overly informed, nostalgic and even romantic bleacher creatures that are the characteristics of baseball lovers everywhere, yet he cleverly couples anecdotes and historic moments with quantitative data and cultural analysis to make this a very smart and authentic take on baseball's place in the cultural fabric of America. "Diehards" confirms for every true baseball lover that they are not crazy, or at least not alone in their fanaticism for the game. If you list your bobblehead collection in your will, this book is for you. - Heidi Watney, MLB Network "Through this fine book - that is as lively and humorous as it is well researched and insightful - Chip Scarinzi has brought me to a deeper understanding of my own obsession. The author does a remarkable job deconstructing the excitement, joy, frustration, heartbreak, and range of other emotions sports bring into our lives." - Josh Pahigian, author of "The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip" and "101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out"

Seventh Inning Stretch

Seventh Inning Stretch Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 9780762762637
Release 2010-03-16
Pages 304
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The Seventh Inning Stretch, by noted baseball expert Josh Pahigian addresses all of the most interesting baseball arguments, however frivolous, that fans have been engaging in for decades, and even a few they may have never stopped to consider before.

Strangers on the Beach

Strangers on the Beach Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 1934031836
Release 2012-10-05
Pages 282
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"Billionaire Ferdinand Sevigny is brave, bold, and brash. But his latest stunt to sail blindfolded, single-handed, across the Atlantic goes horribly awry, depositing him onto the summer tourist town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. His sudden arrival triggers a series of sinister events that even he cannot forestall: a naked woman washes up on a beach; a confused teen-aged boy stumbles upon a crime; a naive policeman struggles with a deadly conflict of interest. Now, Sevigny, and all those whose lives he touches, must make decisions that will define them forever." --P. [4] of book jacket.

Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

Ultimate Baseball Road Trip Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 9780762784196
Release 2012-03-27
Pages 512
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The most entertaining and comprehensive guide to every baseball fan’s dream road trip—including every new ballpark since the 2004 edition—revised and completely updated!

The Baseball Stadium Insider

The Baseball Stadium Insider Author Matt Lupica
ISBN-10 9781462083664
Release 2012-01
Pages 480
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The Baseball Stadium Insideris the essential companion to your ballpark experience. Inside, you'll discover the features, facts, and figures that make each stadium unique. From the saltwater tank filled with live cow-nosed rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay to the Ferris wheel and carousel at Comerica Park in Detroit, exciting details await you with every turn of the page. This comprehensive ballpark guide will appeal not only to fanatics of America's pastime, but novice baseball admirers as well. Have you ever been to a game and wondered about the retired numbers adorning the outfield wall? Wonder no more—The Baseball Stadium Insider explains what each of these great ballplayers did to become baseball legends. Finally, all of the incredible games that have etched themselves into baseball history over the decades are represented. Who could ever forget Game 6 of the 1975 World Series when Boston's Carlton Fisk hit his famous extra-inning home run off Fenway's left field foul pole? Or when the Cleveland Indians, down 14–2 in the seventh inning, staged one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history to defeat the Seattle Mariners? So go ahead, take yourself out to the ballgame and get to know the cathedrals of baseball.

The Amazing Baseball Adventure

The Amazing Baseball Adventure Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 1493025074
Release 2017-02-01
Pages 256
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A visually stunning road trip through pro baseball s wacky, wondrous, and revered ballpark attractions Exploding scoreboards, treetop seats, and neon skylines are just three of the more than 100 ballpark design features, field eccentricities, historic displays, traditions, concession items, and even super-fans and mascots profiled in this armchair baseball journey. Combining engaging storytelling with fun sidebars and beautiful color photos, author Josh Pahigian captures the essence of each ballpark treasure from the retractable lighthouse at the Portland Sea Dogs Hadlock Field to the Sausage Race at the Brewers Miller Park to Fenway Park s Green Monster and even to the delicious biscuits served by the aptly named Montgomery Biscuits. From the Rookie Leagues to the Majors, there are more than 250 professional baseball parks in the United States where fans partake in special game-day rituals, eat unique foods, laugh along with the zany mascot, marvel at the park s special features, and revel in a communal experience that removes them for a few hours from life s daily grind. The Amazing Baseball Adventure brings to life the very best of these cherished ballpark features, the ones that motivate fans to return again and again to baseball cathedrals large and small."

500 Ballparks

500 Ballparks Author Eric Pastore
ISBN-10 1770857516
Release 2016-10-07
Pages 400
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Everything there is to know about the greatest baseball stadiums in America.

Ballparks A Panoramic History

Ballparks A Panoramic History Author Jim Sutton
ISBN-10 0785831746
Release 2014-09-04
Pages 256
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The Green Monster in Boston, the ivy in Chicago, the center field hill in Houston, the Bermuda Triangle in Miami, the convertible roof in Seattle, the baggy in Minneapolis, and the cove in San Francisco: baseball is unique among American sports. Football, basketball, and hockey are played on identical fields, courts, and rinks. Only in baseball does the park define the game. This book tries to highlight those differences. It is not a wordy, text-based account of baseball stadiums; nor an encyclopedic telling of their history. Instead, it is a picture-packed look at what makes the current Major League parks, and some of the famous old ones, so special. It highlights what it is like to sit in the stands, stretch in the seventh inning, and watch the sun go down over a cityscape.

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip 2nd

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip  2nd Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 9780762783915
Release 2012-03-27
Pages 512
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The most entertaining and comprehensive guide to every baseball fan’s dream road trip—including every new ballpark since the 2004 edition—revised and completely updated!

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract Author Bill James
ISBN-10 1439106932
Release 2010-05-11
Pages 1024
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When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball.” Now, baseball's beloved “Sultan of Stats” (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium. Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century's worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you'll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James's signature stats-based ratings method called “Win Shares,” a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there's more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.

Spring Training Handbook

Spring Training Handbook Author Josh Pahigian
ISBN-10 9780786471959
Release 2013-05-29
Pages 260
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Spring training is a time of renewal for baseball, when teams and fans descend on Florida and Arizona to begin the ever hopeful new season. The pace is a little slower, the fans are closer to the action, and the players are more accessible: the sport returns to its idyllic roots. When the first edition of this book was released, 18 of the MLB teams trained in Florida and 12 in Arizona. As 2013 arrives each league consists of 15 teams; together they utilize 14 parks in Florida and 10 in Arizona. This heavily illustrated work dedicates a chapter to each park, including modern Cactus League marvels like Camelback Ranch and Salt River Fields, and Grapefruit League bastions like Joker Marchant Stadium and McKechnie Field. Florida's Fenway Park replica, which opened in 2012, is included. In addition to profiling the five parks that have opened since the first edition, the author has updated the other chapters. Each provides a description of the park, and a recounting of its history, followed by a summary of the home team or teams' spring history. Next is a review of the park's seating, concessions and fan traditions. Each chapter concludes with information about nearby baseball landmarks and attractions.

Haunted Baseball

Haunted Baseball Author Mickey Bradley
ISBN-10 1599215810
Release 2007-08-01
Pages 288
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Baseball and ghost stories are as American as apple pie. Haunted Baseball combines both with this fun and freaky collection of otherworldly yarns. Collected from baseball players, stadium personnel, umpires, front-office folks, and fans, the tales told here explore the spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal, including Babe Ruth sightings at a former brothel, the Curse of the Billy Goat that still haunts the Chicago Cubs, of hidden passageways within the depths of Dodger Stadium, and of the spirits of legendary stars that inspire modern-day players at Yankee Stadium. We hear why Johnny Damon believes in ghosts, and how the memories of a 9/11 hero inspired Ken Griffey Jr. to hit a home run against the Phillies—a team against which he'd never even gotten a hit! There's the story of how Sam Rice settled a decades-old baseball controversy with a message from beyond the grave, and how the late Roberto Clemente had premonitions of his own death in a plane crash. With a wealth of anecdotes that have never before been told before, the authors present an entertaining and eerie look at our national pastime.

The Red Sox in the Playoffs

The Red Sox in the Playoffs Author Joshua R. Pahigian
ISBN-10 9780786427789
Release 2006-10-27
Pages 285
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"Covers all of the team's postseason appearances from 1903 through 2005. Each chapter begins with review of team's regular season exploits in the focus year. Explains how the team qualified for postseason play. Captures the ethos of team and fans during c

Ballparks Then and Now

Ballparks Then and Now Author Eric Enders
ISBN-10 1626864713
Release 2015-06-26
Pages 144
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Revised edition of Ballparks then & now (2002), with significant changes and updates to the text, as well as new photographs.

Eating Your Way Across Ohio

Eating Your Way Across Ohio Author Karen A. Patterson
ISBN-10 1935001833
Release 2011
Pages 232
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Award-winning author and journalist Karen Patterson covered over 7000 miles of Ohio's hills, valleys, lowlands, towns and cities to visit more than 100 restaurants. In Eating Your Way Across Ohio: 101 Must Places to Eat, she includes only 101 of the best locally owned and managed establishments where one can get a tasty meal in a comfortable environment at a reasonable price. Sure, some places feature gourmet dining, and others offer intimate candlelight dinners, but so many more let you relax in the environment of a 1950s diner, a holistic all natural eatery, a coffee and dessert café or a southern barbeque place.Whether you are eating on the run or luxuriously lingering over a good meal, there is a restaurant for you, and if not just around the corner certainly within a tank of gas from where you are.

Spring Training Handbook

Spring Training Handbook Author Joshua R. Pahigian
ISBN-10 9780786420865
Release 2004-12-09
Pages 287
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Though it has changed some in recent years, spring training continues to be a time of renewal for baseball. Teams and fans, many from the snowy climes of the North, descend on Florida and Arizona to begin preparing for what they are sure will be a trip to the World Series. With the pace of the game a little slower, fans close to the action, and players more accessible, the sport seems to return to its roots for a brief, idyllic time. Based on the author's visits to each of the 26 current spring training ballparks--17 in Florida and 9 in Arizona--this reference work first provides a detailed description of the ballpark as it currently exists, plus information on its history. Next comes the spring training history of the resident major league team (or teams, for the four parks that are shared), along with information about noteworthy spring training sites that were, or still are, located near the existing ballpark. Information on the area surrounding the ballpark completes the entry, focusing on other baseball and sports-related attractions in the area. An appendix provides a full listing of every major league team's spring training sites since 1914. Heavily illustrated.