Whoa! You mean there actually was a player that stole first base? Yes! Catch the story about the zany guy who pulled that off in Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories. Did you know that Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson was the star of a well-regarded Hollywood movie? The full story about #42â€™s successful stint in front of the camera is found in the pages of this book. Learn about the All-Star career of the man who Lou Gehrig displaced as Yankees first baseman, a major crisis Major League Baseball faced in 1969, and the statistical reasons why the term â€śThe Mendoza Lineâ€ť is inaccurate and unfair.
Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories also includes a heart-felt salute to the major leaguers who lost their lives in war, a new look at the reasons behind the Philliesâ€™ historic late-season collapse in 1964, and an easy-to-understand essay that questions the importance of walks in a teamâ€™s offensive strategy. The exciting baseball of the 1980s is fondly remembered with a tip-of-the-hate to the decadeâ€™s high-achievers on terrible teams and thereâ€™s also a big dose of baby-boomer nostalgia centered on a trip to one of baseballâ€™s historic ball parks.
And thatâ€™s not all! Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories is loaded with intelligent and fun diamond stories that both stats wonks and the casual fan will enjoy.