Baseball on the Brain

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Workman Publishing, 2007 - Games - 556 pages
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There's trivia, and then there's knowledge—deep, extensive, obsessive knowledge—masquerading as trivia. It's the kind of trivia that, if you know the answer, makes you feel triumphant, and if you don't, gives you an education. The kind of trivia based not on what we shouldn't be expected to know, but on what we should—if we're to consider ourselves true fans.

Dennis Purdy, author of the just-published Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball, has been collecting baseball trivia since before he could shave, and now presents the best of the best: a massive collection of over 1,000 trivia games. Not solo questions, but half-page games, every one involving matching multiple players to their accomplishments, or evaluating multiple clues to discover a mystery subject's identity, or digging deep into a round-up of terms, nicknames, phrases, awards, events, individual teams, locations, and more. The games cover three centuries of baseball history. Home run calls and the announcers who made them famous. The peculiar geography of a baseball field— where's the garden? the gateway? the firing line? Inimitable slang: cackler, chucker, clinker, and squibber. The lesser-known career feats of baseball's “Big 3,” Ruth, Aaron, and Bonds. World Series potpourri—They won the first night game in World Series history. . . . The team that lost the most World Series—13 . . . The only American League team to lose the World Series in three consecutive seasons . . . And much, much, much more.
 

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LET THE GAME PROGRESS
BASEBALL TERMINOLOGY
TEAMWORK
FROM THE HALLOWED HALLS
BASEBALL BIRTHPLACES
THE WORLD SERIES
MOUND MAGNIFICENCE
THE ALLSTAR GAME
PLAYERSMISCELLANEOUS
TEAM BY TEAM
BASEBALL IN THE MOVIES
THE BALLPARKS
NOW BATTING
NOW PITCHING
WHEN DID IT OCCUR?
FIRST THINGS FIRSTPLAYER AND TEAM POTPOURRI

DEFUNCT BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
ASSUME THE POSITION
THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
MEDIA
NOTABLE QUOTABLES
BEYOND THE COLOR LINE
NAME THAT TEAM
TEAMSMISCELLANEOUS
HE SAID IT ALL
DREAM TEAMS BY THE NUMBERS
PRESIDENTS
VICTIMS
BY THE DECADE
BATTING RECORDSUNSURPASSED AND SURPASSED
PITCHING RECORDSUNSURPASSED AND SURPASSED
BASEBALL GRAB BAG
BASEBALL NAMEOMANIA
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Dennis Purdy is an all-around baseball scholar. He wrote The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball; edited and published The Vintage & Classic Baseball Collector Magazine; created the syndicated newspaper feature Baseball Trivia Game; and is the author of more than 100 baseball-related magazine articles.

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