Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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The home run is indeed baseball's ultimate weapon. It can change a game in a heartbeat, making a tight game into a blowout or a seemingly easy win into a nail-biter. Homers are majestic, powerful, and awe inspiring. And sluggers are the sport's biggest stars, from the days of Babe Ruth through Barry Bonds. David Vincent, called "The Sultan of Swat Stats" by ESPN, delves into the long history of the home run with great detail and color. He starts when the rules of the game were highly unstable and sometimes the definition of a home run could change in a park from year to year; follows through the "Deadball Era," when the home run was rare; explores the explosion Babe Ruth brought to baseball in the 1920s; discusses how both world wars affected homer statistics; looks at great home run races such as Maris versus Mantle in 1961; assesses the effects of the juiced ball, juiced players, thin air, and smaller ballparks; and so much more. If there is something to know about home run history, look to David Vincent for the answer-Major League Baseball does. With Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon, now you can know it too. A 1990s Nike commercial proclaimed that "chicks dig the long ball." In this thorough and colorful look at baseball's ultimate weapon, David Vincent shows you why.
 

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I disagree with his position that steroids had no effect whatsoever on the power surge of the 1990s, but otherwise this is a pretty good book. Read full review

Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
FIGURES
TABLES
FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
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APPENDIX ACAREER HOME RUN MILESTONES
APPENDIX BSINGLESEASON HOME RUN MILESTONES
APPENDIX CSINGLEGAME HOME RUN MILESTONES

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APPENDIX DYEARLY HOME RUN LEADERS BY LEAGUE
APPENDIX EHOLLYWOOD HOMERS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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David William Vincent was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 26, 1949. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in music from the University of Miami. He was a band director at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, but switched to computer work to support his family. He worked for Electronic Data Systems, where he trained to be a computer systems engineer. His love of baseball resulted in him becoming a renowned baseball researcher. He digitized the handwritten home run log of the Society for American Baseball Research, known as SABR. He then maintained the log and regularly updated it. For Retrosheet, the volunteer organization that archives historical play-by-play data, kept track of the number of games umpires called during their major league careers and where they were positioned for each game; of every player and manager ejected by an umpire and why; and detailed the reasons games had been postponed or canceled dating to 1877. His book, Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon, was published in 2007. He died from cancer on July 2, 2017 at the age of 67.

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