Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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The latest and greatest in ESPN.com baseball guru Rob Neyer's
Big Book series, Legends is a highly entertaining guide to baseball fables that
have been handed down through generations.


The well-told baseball story has long been a staple for baseball fans. In Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends, Neyer breathes new life into both classic and obscure stories throughout twentieth-century baseball -- stories that, while engaging on their own, also tell us fascinating things about their main characters and about the sport's incredibly rich history. With his signature style, Rob gets to the heart of every anecdote, working through the particulars with careful research drawn from a variety of primary sources. For each story, he asks: Did this really happen? Did it happen, sort of? Or was the story simply the wild invention of someone's imagination? Among the scores of legends Neyer questions and investigates...
  • Did an errant Bob Feller pitch really destroy the career of a National League All-Star?
  • Did Greg Maddux mean to give up a long blast to Jeff Bagwell?
  • Was Fred Lynn the clutch player he thinks he was?
  • Did Tommy Lasorda have a direct line to God?
  • Did Negro Leaguer Gene Benson really knock Indians second baseman Johnny Berardino out of baseball and into General Hospital?
  • Did Billy Martin really outplay Jackie Robinson every time they met?
  • Oh, and what about Babe Ruth's "Called Shot"?

Rob checks each story, separates the truths from the myths, and places their fascinating characters into the larger historical context. Filled with insider lore and Neyer's sharp wit and insights, this is an exciting addition to a superb series and an essential read for true fans of our national pastime.

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Baseball history is full of stories. The baseball yarn, usually told by an aging ex-player that begins with some variation of "there I was . . .", is a familiar and time-honored event. Every baseball ... Read full review

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2 things: Bud Beasley was my uncle. It is indeed spelled Beasley. His given name was Arvil Louis Beasley, which he hated. His nickname was Bud. Jack Beasley

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About the author (2008)

Rob Neyer has written about baseball for ESPN.com since 1996 and appears regularly on ESPNews. He has written four baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James) and Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups. His website, www.robneyer.com, contains additional material related to this and his other books.

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