Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 24, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
92 Reviews
Whether you’re a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or teaching game to a beginner, Watching Baseball Smarter leaves no territory uncovered. In this smart and funny fan’s guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national pastime.

What is the difference between a slider and a curveball?
At which stadium did “The Wave” first make an appearance?
How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills?
Which positions are never played by lefties?
Why do some players urinate on their hands?

Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott’s Miscellany, Watching Baseball Smarter will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport–no matter what your level of expertise.

Zack Hample is an obsessed fan and a regular writer for minorleaguebaseball.com. He's collected nearly 3,000 baseballs from major league games and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows. His first book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, was published in 1999.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
15
4 stars
39
3 stars
25
2 stars
12
1 star
1

A nice reference book. - Goodreads
Very helpful introduction to the game! - Goodreads
Informative, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Hample's style of writing just keeps you entertained. - Goodreads
A great introduction guide to the world of baseball. - Goodreads
This is a great book to have on hand as a reference. - Goodreads

Review: Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

For someone who has lived as long as I have, you would think I'd already have a good understanding of America's favorite pastime - baseball. Alas, I never truly got into sports as I was growing up ... Read full review

Review: Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

User Review  - Michael Cash - Goodreads

Tom Glavine said that you can study baseball your entire life and never completely understand it; this is one of the reasons I love it. This little book is a good intro if you've not really spent time ... Read full review

Contents

The Dream V
3
Spring Training t
10
Pitch Sequence
25
Of? Days
32
loln1n ohn
39
The Lineup r r r r r
42
Funny Stances
50
BASERUNNING
56
AstroTurf
109
Tough0b UU
121
Answers to the Fair Ball Quiz
127
The Numbers Game i i i i i i
129
Batting Average
137
ROLAIDS Spells Relief _
143
Defensive Indifference
148
How to Read a Box Score I V lI9
149

Signs
64
HitandRun L
71
The Magic Number
76
Righties and Lefties _
77
Appeal
82
The Catcher
88
The Second Baseman
94
STADIUMS
102
CHAPTER 9 RANDOM STUFF TO KNOW
160
The AllStar Game
166
Attendance
172
RANDOM STUFF TO NOTICE
187
Warrnup Pitches
194
More Statistics
238
Uniform Numbers
246
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Zack Hample has caught roughly 3,000 baseballs from 41 Major League stadiums. His first book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, was published in 1999. Since then, he has been interviewed hundreds of times for print, radio, and television. He currently writes for minorleaguebaseball.com, and has a popular blog, The Baseball Collector, chronicling his obsession.

http://www.zackhample.com


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information