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How to Speak Baseball

An Illustrated Guide to Ballpark Banter

By James Charlton and Sally Cook • Illustrated by Ross MacDonald

5 x 7 in; 128 pp;
Hardcover
February 2014
ISBN 9781452126456

SKU# 9781452126456

$14.95
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This handsome guide to the language of baseball decodes
the amusing, clever phrases that pepper commentary
about the sport. Packed with witty explanations of everything
from “duster” and “rubber arm” to “up the elevator,”
this ballpark lexicon plays on a nostalgic love for the national
pastime while covering ground from baseball’s beginnings
to today.
How to Speak Baseball


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How to Speak Baseball

This handsome guide to the language of baseball decodes the amusing, clever phrases that pepper commentary about the sport. Packed with witty explanations of everything from “duster” and “rubber arm” to “up the elevator,” this ballpark lexicon plays on a nostalgic love for the national pastime while covering ground from baseball’s beginnings to today. This humorous mix of definitions and anecdotes is the perfect gift for both lifelong baseball fans and rookies working up the ranks.

 

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5 x 7 in; 128 pp;
Hardcover
February 2014
ISBN 9781452126456
James Charlton is the author or editor of more than three dozen books. He splits his time between New York City and Connecticut.

Sally Cook is a New York Times bestselling author of sports-related titles. She lives in New York City.

Ross MacDonald is an illustrator whose work has appeared in international publications. He lives in Connecticut.

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9/23/14| David Steinberg
By David Steinberg
Major league baseball's regular season is coming down to the wire. Up next are the playoffs, leading to the World Series.
Here's a book of light, fun, informative reading to keep you company between innings.
It's called "How to Speak Baseball, An Illustrated Guide to Ballpark Banter" by James Charlton and Sally Cook. It's short on text and long on illustrations. Which works just fine.
The book is really a compendium of words and phrases, some in use for decades, some out of use.
Here are a few samples.
"Bush league." It refers to a poorly made play but also the minor leagues are referred to as the "bushes." The phrase has come into general English usage to mean offensive behavior.
"Crank." it's a 19th century term for a fan of a baseball team.
"Junkball pitcher" or "Cutie" is one who uses off-speed pitches rather than a fastball.
"Ruthian" refers to a very long home run, named for George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
Ross MacDonald's illustrations are to treasure. They're have a cozy, sometimes silly, mid-20th century flair.
The publisher is Chronicle Books. Retail price is $14.95.

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