Baseball Miscellany

Baseball Miscellany

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Why does a curveball curve? What is a a€œcan of corna€? Why was Joe DiMaggio called the a€œYankee Clippera€? a€œWho wrote a€œTake Me Out to the Ballgamea€? How many times did Ty Cobb steal home? In Baseball Miscellany, the fascinating history and lore of our national pastime is finally revealed! For example, the reason a curveball curves is that its spin drags a layer of air across one surface of the ball faster than it does across the opposite surface. A a€œcan of corna€ is slang for an easy-to-catch fly ball, the term originating from a general store clerk reaching up and dropping a can from a high shelf. Sportswriters dubbed Joe DiMaggio the a€œYankee Clippera€ because he glided about the outfield with beauty and grace, like a clipper ship on the ocean. The lyrics to a€œTake Me Out to the Ballgamea€ were written in 1908 by vaudeville star Jack Norworth, who, while riding the subway, was inspired by a sign that said a€œBaseball Todaya€”Polo Grounds.a€ And the great Ty Cobb stole home a whopping fifty-four timesa€”fifty more than the career leader in total stolen bases, Rickey Henderson. Packed with all manner of delightful surprises, beautiful illustrations and photographs, and delicious nuggets of information, Baseball Miscellany demystifies the origins and customs of Americaa€™s most celebrated game. From spring training through the World Series, youa€™ll be entertained with fun, little-known facts. Why do baseball players wear stirrup socks? Who invented the catchera€™s mask? What Major League team passed up on signing eighteen-year-old Willie Mays in 1949? Settle into your favorite armchair, grab some peanuts or Cracker Jacks, and find out!The upstartAmerican Football League stitched names on the backsof their uniformsthat fall. (The National Football League didna#39;t get with itfor another decade.) In baseball, asthe 1960s ... respective California clubs. Dick Allena#39;s back readanbsp;...


Title:Baseball Miscellany
Author: Matthew Silverman
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2013-12-13
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