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The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated: An Irreverent Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came to Be What They Are Today Kindle Edition
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About the Author
David Nemec is the author of The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Major League Baseball, The Beer and Whisky League, The Complete Book of Forfeited and Successfully Protested Major League Games, Early Dreams, Major League Baseball Profiles: 1871-1900, and many other works on baseball. Nemec has won numerous SABR national baseball trivia contests. He currently lives in Laguna Woods, California.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08428LVQY
- Publisher : Sports Publishing (14 April 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 15614 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 455 pages
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A previous edition, with the same title and published in 2006, is far better. The 2006 edition was a minor update of the first 1994 edition. Either of the older editions is preferable to the latest version, which has been considerably cheapened by a different publisher.
Here are some differences between the old and new editions:
o Most photos in the new edition are quite small, not much larger than a postage stamp. The old edition had a number of full and half-page photos, well-chosen to accompany the author's commentary. One (of many) example is the outlawing of the spitball in the 1930s. The older editions both have a quarter-page of Burleigh Grimes overtly licking a ball he's about to pitch; the new edition has only a postage-stamp-sized photo of his face.
o The new edition is missing many great photos of the older editions, such as where they explain that Ty Cobb had no number on his uniform because he retired a year before numbers were required, but the older editions have a large photo of Cobb at bat where you clearly see the plain back of his uniformed. The new edition does not have this photo, not even a small one. Many other excellent photos from the older editions are missing as well.
o The first two editions had an appendix containing the complete, official rules of baseball, which was very helpful when delving into the detailed wording of any rule. The official rules are not in the new edition. What you do get is piecemeal printouts of individual portions of most (but not all) rules interspersed throughout the text, along with commentary.
I'm still reading the new edition and may have further comments as I get further into the book, but it was terribly disappointing to see how the new publisher chose to cheapen the new edition, and was allowed to do so by the author. Shame, Mr. Nemec.
Get the 2006 edition if still available. That is definitely a 5-star book!
A "must read" for all fans and trivia buffs.