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Baseball for Dummies


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Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Getting Started (Before Your First At--Bat). Chapter 1: What Is Baseball? Chapter 2: Suiting Up: Equipment. Chapter 3: The Rules of the Game. Part II: Taking Your Swings: How to Play the Game. Chapter 4: Training: Getting into Baseball Shape. Chapter 5: Swinging the Lumber: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer. Chapter 6: Winning the Arms Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer. Chapter 7: The Third Dimension: Defense. Chapter 8: The Science of Baserunning. Chapter 9: Joe's Baseball Playbook. Part III: From Little League to the Major Leagues: Organized Baseball. Chapter 10: T--Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between. Chapter 11: The Minors and Other Leagues. Chapter 12: There Are Tricks to This Game: Coaching. Chapter 13: Men in Blue: Umpiring Like a Professional. Chapter 14: Major--League Baseball. Chapter 15: Off--the--Field Baseball Jobs and How to Snag Them. Chapter 16: Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball's Statistics. Chapter 17: Going All the Way: Postseason Play and the World Series. Part IV: We Don't Care if We Ever Get Back: A Spectator's Guide. Chapter 18: Following the Bouncing Baseball. Chapter 19: Keeping Up with the Show: Baseball Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand. Chapter 20: Fantasy Baseball. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Players and His All--Time All--Star Team. Chapter 22: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Pitchers. Chapter 23: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Fielders. Chapter 24: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Relievers. Chapter 25: Joe Morgan's Ten Negro League Legends. Chapter 26: Ten Things to Love about Baseball. Chapter 27: Ten Baseball Nicknames That Hit the Mark. Chapter 28: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Future Stars. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Baseball Speak: A Glossary. Appendix B: Baseball Organizations. Index.

About the Author

Joe Morgan played on two Cincinnati Reds World Series championship teams; he is now a baseball analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Richard Lally is a prolific sportswriter and author.

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